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9 months ago

How to enable Night Mode on your Nexus in Android 7.0 Nougat

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How do I enable Night Mode in Android 7.0 Nougat on a Nexus device?

During the Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview, Google experimented with a system-wide Night Mode that offered a number of improvements to compatible Nexus phones to allow them to work better at night and in other low-light situations. Unfortunately for tinkerers (but completely understandable for a variety of reasons), that mode was hidden in the run-up to Nougat's release — but with a little help you can get at least some of those features back.

While the overall dark theme is not available, Nexus devices running Nougat (5X, 6, 6P, 9, Pixel C) can activate a handy blue light filter similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 7. Here's how.

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9 months ago

How to download and install MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3

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With an OTA update underway, installing MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3 is as easy as it gets.

Xiaomi started rolling out the stable MIUI 8 ROM on August 23, seeding the OTA update to the Mi 4i and Redmi Note. The update is now making its way to the Redmi Note 3. If you're rocking the budget handset, it's time to make the switch to MIUI 8.

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9 months ago

How to fix Google Now Launcher on the Galaxy Note 7 after using Secure Folder

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How to fix Google Now Launcher on the Galaxy Note 7

Samsung's Secure Folder gets in the way of Google's launcher.

Google Now Launcher is one of the most popular third-party launchers out there, but it unfortunately doesn't always play nicely with the Galaxy Note 7. It turns out that Samsung's KNOX security platform causes issues with Google Now Launcher when both are in use. That actually shouldn't be a surprise if you've used the Galaxy S7, Note 5 or S6, either — this longstanding issue has annoyed plenty of people over multiple generations of phones.

We have a couple of tips to hopefully get them both working together, though. Let us show you what you can do about it.

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9 months ago

How to take better photos with your Android phone

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How to take better photos with your Android phone

Take your Android photography to the next level with these tips and tricks for capturing masterpieces with your smartphone.

Many Android phones come with a high-quality camera designed to capture your subject's tiniest details and features, and while they're not technically on the same level as a DSLR camera, you can still take the perfect picture with just your phone if you know how to use it. Even if you're a beginner, you can quickly learn how to capture amazing photos with your Android phone (and if you actually are a beginner, be sure to check out our top 10 Android photography tips for beginners!)

Here are some helpful tricks to help you take better photos with your Android device!

Explore your camera settings

Get acquainted with your phone and all the camera settings before you start shooting, and you'll feel a lot more comfortable capturing your shots!

While shooting from your phone's stock camera is great for 99.9% of pictures — especially if you've got a recent Samsung, LG or HTC phone — playing around with the various modes and settings can really allow you to experiment and get creative.

Make sure your lens is clean

While this may seem like an obvious one, cleaning your phone lens can be a lot harder to remember than cleaning your DSLR lens. After all, there's no lens cap protecting your Android phone's camera from dirt and scratches like professional cameras have.

Carrying around a small lens cleaning cloth, or even having small micro fiber lens cleaning patches stitched to the inside of your purse or your jacket are simple ways to remind you to clean your phone lens and screen, so you're always ready to take the clearest shots with your phone.

Or just use your shirt.

Don't forget to clean your front lens, too! We break down how important cleaning your lenses can be in our top 8 tips to make you an Android photography expert.

Forget the flash: use external lighting

When it's dark outside, it's a knee-jerk reaction to turn on the flash to light up your photos, but it's not always the best for picture quality. In fact, we'll go one further: Don't bother using your flash. Nearly ever.

Always try to find a natural light source when you're shooting your photos. If you're at a restaurant and want to snap a picture of your meal, try to get a seat by a window, so you can capture all the meal's details with the perfect lighting. If you're looking to take a selfie, try posing in front of a big window. This won't only make your face and features light up – even on a cloudy day – but it will darken the background and make you the center of attention.

If it's absolutely impossible to capture your picture without natural lighting (and sometimes that's the case), try your best to find another external light source, like a lamp or even a candle. While it may seem silly, almost any other lighting will look better than the flash, especially since you then have more control of what you choose to light and highlight in your photographs.

Crop, don't zoom

Just like your Android phone's flash, zoom is another readily available option for phoneographers that should be avoided like the photographic plague.

Zoom can lower the quality of your pictures, and you might actually be cutting out something you didn't notice in the photo that you may find amazing when you glance at the picture during editing.

It's hard to remember when you're shooting, but your Android device is not the same as a DSLR camera: you can't just zoom in on something and have the quality stay virtually the same. A lot of professional photographers avoid the zoom altogether and prefer to crop strategically in the editing process afterwards, so they don't miss out on anything they captured in the picture.

If you really need to get in close with your subject, pick yourself up and physically move closer to it rather than using your zoom. This is the best way to get creative control over your photo subject without using zoom to mess up the picture's overall quality.

Burst first, ask questions later

Bursting may seem like a lazy way to take pictures, but it's probably the most efficient way to capture your perfect shot!

Whether it be selfies, landscapes, or a masterpiece of a meal, using burst is a great way to take a bunch of photos without stress: just hold down the shutter button and your phone will take rapid-fire shots that you can browse through later to find the perfect one.

While a bunch of the pictures you take with burst will be terrible and totally unusable, there are bound to be a few gems hiding in there. Take the time to go through your burst shots and pick out the best ones, and always remember to delete the bad burst photos so they don't take up space on your phone.

Find a favorite photography editing app

After you're done shooting, you're going to want to up your photo game by editing your pictures with your favorite editing app.

There are plenty of photo editing apps to choose from out there, and all of them do their own unique things like overlay certain filters, allow you to edit brightness and contrast, and even add text or stickers to your photos.

Photo editing apps are also a great tool to have if you're not confident with the photos you've taken. You can even salvage some photographs through a little bit of editing and tweaking if you're worried about quality.

Follow your favorite photographers on social media

Sometimes taking the best pictures with your Android phone doesn't start with your camera app; it starts with a quick visit to social media to get motivated from Android phone photographers who are already taking beautiful pictures!

Following some of your favorite photographers on social media is an amazing way to get ideas, see what kind of art other people are creating, and get motivated to go out and start shooting. Some may even respond in the comments if you ask them how they shot a certain subject in a certain style or how they managed to edit a specific photograph to look a certain way.

Creep around the discover page on Instagram and see what other Android phone photographers have shot. Start by mimicking a style you're fond of, and it will eventually evolve into your own.

Some photographers on social media even share their own tips and tricks for shooting, so be sure to check out a bunch of different profiles for inspiration.

Your turn

Are there any tips and tricks for shooting amazing photos with your Android phone that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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9 months ago

How to set up your fingerprint on Galaxy Note 7

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How to set up your fingerprint on Galaxy Note 7

How can I use my fingerprint to unlock my Galaxy Note 7?

The Galaxy Note 7 features a lightning-quick fingerprint scanner which lets you unlock your device with just a touch of the Home key. If you decided not to add your fingerprints during the initial setup, you'll be happy to know it's easy to add a fingerprint — or two, or three.

How to add a fingerprint on your Galaxy Note 7

  1. Tap to open Settings from the home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap Lock screen and security.
  3. Tap Fingerprints.

    Launch **Settings** from the home screen or app drawer, tap Lock screen and security, tap Fingerprints.

  4. Unlock your phone with your unlock pattern or whatever method you've set up. This is a security check to make sure no one else is able to add their own fingerprint your phone.
  5. Next, you'll be prompted to place your finger on the home key, then lift it off.
  6. Keep placing your finger on the home key in different orientations until the meter reaches 100%. The more different parts of your fingerprint that your phone can scan, the quicker it will be to unlock your phone.

    Unlock your phone with your unlock pattern, next, you'll be prompted to place your finger on the home key, then lift it off. Keep placing your finger on the home key in different orientations until the meter reaches 100%.

  7. Tap Enable to allow your fingerprint to unlock your phone.
  8. Touch the Home key to confirm, or tap Close.
  9. Tap Add fingerprint if you want to enable another fingerprint to unlock your phone.

    Tap Enable to allow your fingerprint to unlock your phone, then Touch the Home key to confirm, or tap Close. Tap Add fingerprint if you want to enable another fingerprint to unlock your phone.

Adding additional fingerprints will let you unlock your phone regardless of which hand you're holding it in, or make it easier to unlock your phone if it's laying on a table.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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9 months ago

How to format the microSD card in the Galaxy Note 7

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The SD card slot is back with the Galaxy Note 7 — now here's how you get started when you first pop it in.

microSD cards are hardly new to Samsung phones, but after the feature was removed in Note 5 we wouldn't blame you if you'd forgotten the basics of using one in your phone. But Samsung has changed the software a bit in the Galaxy Note 7 as well, hiding a few basic features — chief among them being the ability to format the SD card after you insert it.

Want to know how to get it done? We have the steps right here.

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9 months ago

How to fix Galaxy Note 7 battery life problems

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How to fix Galaxy Note 7 battery life problems

Use these tips to make the most of the battery inside your Note 7.

Even though the Galaxy Note 7's battery is 500 mAh bigger than last year, and with regular use the full 3500 mAh cell should make it through a day, for some people that's just not enough. Whether it's a daily or irregular occurrence, there are likely to be times when you need to get just a little more out of your Note 7's battery, and thankfully there are several ways to do that, with varying amounts of trade off in terms of experience.

Whether you just want to get a bit more from your Note 7's battery or make sure you can always go a full day no matter what, we have the tips and tricks you need to extend its battery life. Read on.

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9 months ago

Best Pokémon Go tips, tricks, and cheats

It's dangerous to go alone. Wait, what game are we talking about again?

Welcome to the life after level 5, Pokémon Trainer. It doesn't matter if you're Instinct, Mystic, or Valor right now, it's a war zone out there. There has never been a game to receive quite as much 24/7/365 action as Pokémon Go. You can take over a Gym in most areas right now and have it reclaimed for another team before you make it down the street. It's intense, exciting, and if you're not constantly playing you could find yourself at a very real disadvantage.

Unless, of course, you have this guide helping you out. We've collected a great list of Pokémon go tips and tricks, and sneaky little Pokémon Go cheats to give you the upper hand when playing against other high level players out in the world. Are you ready for this?

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9 months ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 7

How do I take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 7?

Taking a screenshot on your phone is one of its most basic functions, but the Galaxy Note 7 follows previous Notes by giving you several ways to capture your screen. Though you still have two simple ways to take a regular full-screen screenshot to share or keep for yourself, there's also an option to take a so-called "scrolling screenshot" to capture even more. You can also use your S Pen to draw on and manipulate screenshots with Screen Write.

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9 months ago

8 things to know about the Galaxy Note 7's SD card slot

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Galaxy Note 7 SD card slot

Samsung brought the SD card slot back to the Note line — now it's time to reacquaint yourself with it.

Note buyers have spoken: they wanted an SD card slot back in their phone. Samsung listened, and the Galaxy Note 7 brought back the SD card slot just like the Galaxy S7 did — hiding right in there next to the SIM card.

Things mostly pick up right where they left off with the SD card slot on the Note 4, though the software and capabilities have changed a bit. If you have a Note 7 or are getting ready to pick one up, these are the things you should know about expanding the storage in your phone.

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9 months ago

How to set up and use Google Duo

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Do you duo?

A simple cross-platform mobile video chat that actually works!

Duo is Google's latest foray into video calling, and rather than basing it on your Google account or your email, it's tied to your phone number, making it easier for you to chat with the contacts that are already in your phone. Google launched Duo on Google Play and on iOS so you can chat with friends on Android and Apple. The keyword for Duo is simplicity, and here's how simple the app is to use.

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9 months ago

Adding custom ringtones and sounds to your Android

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Android is all about customization.

Don't like your launcher? Get a new one. Don't like your gray keyboard? Change it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other end of the room? Just don't like the lame, old sounds that came with your sweet, new phone? No problem - we have options. Once you get the hang of it, the world is your ringtone.

Let awesome ring.

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9 months ago

Pokémon Go glossary: All the terms you need to know!

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Pokémon Go terms to know!

What are some Pokémon Go terms?

As Pokémon Go takes over your life, be sure you're talking the lingo with your fellow trainers. Here are the important terms that are used throughout the Pokémon Go universe.

Battle

A battle is a fight between your Pokémon and a wild, rival, or friendly Pokémon. In Pokémon Go, you can only battle at Gyms.

When you reach a rival gym, you have the chance to battle other teams' (blue, yellow, or red) Pokémon for an opportunity to claim the Gym itself.

For every rival Pokémon you defeat in battle, you lower the Gym's Prestige and once you reduce it to zero, you can capture the Gym for yourself and your team!

Combat Power (CP)

A Pokémon's Combat Power will determine how strong it is during a battle against another Pokémon. This is how you measure a Pokémon's attack strength.

Defender Bonus

A Defender Bonus is a daily reward you can get for defending a Gym. You can get rewards like PokéCoins and Stardust. These Defender Bonuses can be claimed at the shop in the game.

Eggs

Eggs are items that you can find throughout the game that will hatch into Pokémon. Pokémon Eggs can be found at PokéStops, and once you walk a certain distance with the egg in an incubator, the egg will hatch into a Pokémon!

Evolution

Evolution is what happens when your Pokémon levels up and becomes a stronger version of itself!

By using Candy, you can evolve and change your Pokémon into a more advanced species of Pokémon.

Candy

Candy is important! It can be used to evolve and strengthen your Pokémon throughout your adventures!

You can get your Candies by transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow, by catching Pokémon, or by hatching Pokémon Eggs.

Experience Points (XP)

Your Experience Points (XP) is how your progress is measured throughout your Poké-venture. By upping your XP, you can advance to higher Trainer levels.

Fainted Pokémon

When a Pokémon is completely depleted of Hit Points (HP), it will faint. You can use Revive or Max Revive to bring your fainted Pokémon back into the game.

Gyms

Gyms are specific locations where you can go and battle the Pokémon of rival teams. You can also go to Gyms owned by your team to train your Pokémon by battling against the Pokémon assigned there by other members of your team.

When you're playing, you'll see that Gyms belonging to your team are known as "friendly" Gyms, while Gyms that have been claimed by other teams are known as "rival" Gyms. Gyms that have not been claimed, however, are known as open Gyms – so what are you waiting for? Go claim a Gym!

Hit Points (HP)

Hit Points are how a Pokémon's health is measured. When a Pokémon has zero HP, it faints and can no longer be used in battle until you revive it with a Revive or Max Revive item.

Incense

Incense will attract wild Pokémon to your location because of its aroma.

At the beginning of your adventure, you are given two. You can also buy one incense in the shop for 80 PokéCoins.

Incubator

Once you get an Egg, you place it into an incubator. This will let it hatch into a Pokémon as you walk.

You can upgrade your incubators as you play, which will decrease the total distance it takes to hatch an egg.

Lure Module

Lure Modules work like a stronger version of Incense by coaxing Pokémon to your location. All players can see a Lure Module, and everyone can take advantage of an active one, even if they aren't the original person to set it up.

By using a Lure Module, you can attract wild Pokémon to a PokéStop for a limited time. Then all you have to do is catch them!

Lucky Egg

Lucky Eggs can double the amount of XP you earn for all actions for around 30 minutes.

You can either buy Lucky Eggs in the shop, or you can receive them as a reward while you level up. For example, getting to level 9 will earn you a Lucky Egg.

Medals

You get awarded medals as you get gameplay achievements throughout your adventures. There are a few different types you can get, including...

  • Jogger: Walk x kilometers
  • Kanto: Register Pokémon
  • Collector: Capture Pokémon
  • Scientist: Evolve Pokémon
  • Breeder: Hatch Eggs
  • Backpacker: Visit PokéStops
  • Battle Girl: Win Gym Battles
  • Ace Trainer: Train x times
  • Pikachu Fan: Catch Pikachu
  • Fairy Tale Girl: Catch fairy Pokémon
  • Black Belt: Catch fighting Pokémon
  • Punk Girl: Catch poison Pokémon
  • Schoolkid: Catch normal Pokémon
  • Bird Keeper: Catch flying Pokémon
  • Dragon Tamer: Catch dragon Pokémon
  • Hiker: Catch Rock Pokémon
  • Ruin Maniac: Catch ground Pokémon
  • Psychic: Catch psychic Pokémon
  • Hex Maniac: Catch ghost Pokémon
  • Bug Catcher: Catch bug Pokémon
  • Swimmer: Catch water Pokémon
  • Gardener: Catch grass Pokémon
  • Kindler: Catch fire Pokémon

Poké Balls

Poké Balls are what you use to catch wild Pokémon! They can be picked up at the shop or found at PokéStops.

There are different types of Poké Balls throughout the game. Great Balls, Ultra Balls, and Master Balls are high performance Poké Balls with a better chance of catching wild Pokémon.

PokéCoins

PokéCoins are the currency in the Poké-world! Trainers can exchange coins for premium items in the shop. People can also buy PokéCoins in the shop.

Pokédex

The ultimate Pokémon guide! The Pokédex is where you will find information about all the Pokémon you have caught or encountered in your adventures!

PokéStop

PokéStops are specific locations that you can go to gather items like Poké Balls, Eggs, and Potions.

A PokéStop will change its shape when you get close to it. To interact with a PokéStop, simply touch it and spin the Photo Disc to get items.

Potions

Potions are used to heal your Pokémon. When you use a Potion, you restore your Pokémon's Hit Points (HP) so they can battle again.

Power-Up

By using a Candy and Stardust, Trainers can power up their Pokémon. This will increase their CP and HP.

Prestige

Prestige is how a Gym's progress is measured as different teams try to claim it. Prestige is earned when Pokémon train at the Gym.

To advance a certain Gym to higher levels, you have to increase a Gym's Prestige. The higher a Gym's Prestige, the more Pokémon can be added to defend it.

Razz Berry

While Razz Berry's cannot be purchased and can only be found at PokéStops, you can feed them to wild Pokémon to make them easier to catch. Razz Berry's will appear in later levels of the game when more difficult Pokémon begin to appear.

If a wild Pokémon has a high CP level or is rare, the player can use a Razz Berry to increase the chances of the Pokémon actually staying caught in a Poké Ball.

To see what Pokémon you currently are able to find around you, tap the strip in the bottom right corner of the screen. This will open the Sightings menu, which shows you what Pokémon are within 70 meters of your current location.

Stardust

You get Stardust by hatching Eggs, catching Pokémon, and earning the daily Defender bonus. It can be used to Power Up your Pokémon.

Training

When you're at a friendly Gym, A.K.A. a Gym run by your team, Trainers can battle Pokémon that have been assigned there by other members of their team. This will increase the Prestige of the Gym and their Experience Points.

Trainer

Trainers are the people who adventure, explore, play, and battle in the world of Pokémon Go: You!

Wild Pokémon

Pokémon that have not been caught are called wild Pokémon.

How do you play?

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9 months ago

How to fix Wi-Fi problems on your Galaxy S7

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Troubleshooting common Wi-Fi problems on the Galaxy S7

How can I fix Wi-Fi problems on my Galaxy S7?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 might be one of the best phones of the year, but it sometimes it suffers from Wi-Fi problems that mess with your experience.

If your Galaxy S7 is suffering from some Wi-Fi woes, here are a few things you can try to get reconnected.

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Yup, it sounds like I'm joking, but I'm not. Try turning off Wi-Fi, then turn off the phone. Turn your phone back on and then turn on Wi-Fi again.

Sometimes it just needs a quick kick in the but to get going again and turning it off and on might be the hoof it needs.

Reset your router

Sometimes your router may get a bit sluggish and it just needs a refresh. Unplug it or power it down for at least 30 seconds, then fire it back up again.

Forget and re-learn

Sometimes your Wi-Fi problem could be to do with how your Galaxy S7 connects to your network. Try forgetting the network, then reconnect to it.

Here's how:

  1. Launch Settings from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the network you're connected to.
  4. Tap Forget.

    tap Wi-Fi, tap the network, tap Forget

  5. Tap the network again to reconnect to it.
  6. Enter the password if there is one.
  7. Tap Connect.

    Tap the network again, enter the password, tap Connect

Is your software up to date?

Sometimes, if you haven't updated to the latest software version on both your Galaxy S7 and your router, you may have problems connecting.

Here's how to make sure you're up-to-date on your Galaxy S7:

  1. Launch Settings from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap About device.
  3. Tap Download updates manually. Your phone will then check for and download any updates.
  4. Tap Later, Install overnight, or Install now to choose when you want the update installed.

    Launch Settings, tap About device, tap Download updates manually, tap an option

Try another network

It could just be that the network you're trying to connect to has rather poor coverage. Try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network and see if that makes a difference.

The best way to test this would be to try a network outside your home, just in case your router is the real problem.

Get closer

This is another obvious one, but here it is: get closer to the physical router. If you are experiencing connectivity issues, try moving closer to the router itself. This is especially true if you are connected on the 5Ghz frequency, since it travels shorter distances than the more ubiquitous (and more prone to interference) 2.4Ghz frequency.

Check your router settings

Sometimes it's just a matter of switching to the other band on your dual band router. Try switching to 2.4GHz in your router's software settings. It has a wider range and may connect better to your Galaxy S7.

Make sure Wi-Fi is always on

In the Wi-Fi settings on your Galaxy S7, you have three options that control when Wi-Fi is on. If your connection is spotty, you'll want to make sure that Wi-Fi is always connected, even when your phone is asleep (i.e. the screen is off). Here's how!

  1. Launch Settings from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap More in the top right corner of your screen.

    Launch Settings, tap Wi-Fi, tap More

  4. Tap Advanced.
  5. Tap Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep.
  6. Tap Always.

    tap Advanced, tap Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep, tap Always

This will stop your Galaxy S7 from disconnecting from your Wi-Fi network every time the screen turns off.

Turn off Power Saving Mode

Power Saving Mode slows your Galaxy S7's performance in order to conserve battery, which may be hindering your Wi-Fi connectivity.

Turn it off in the Notification Shade. If you have it on for a reason, then charge your phone and worry about Wi-Fi later!

Change the encryption settings on your router

We're getting into more technical territory now and this should be one of the last things you try. Remove the encryption from your router (refer to your router's instruction manual, since every brand will be different).

This will create an "open" network, which means you won't need a password to connect. If this clears up your Wi-Fi issues, there may be a problem with your router's software. While we always recommend maintaining strong encryption between your phone and your router, look into enabling a different protocol when you re-enable encryption. If you were using AES, try changing it to TKIP (though we strongly encourage you to stick with WPA2-PSK (AES) once the problems have been resolved).

Get a new router!

If you're having no luck at all and you know your Galaxy S7 isn't the problem, then you likely need to upgrade your router.

Go for something dual band that uses 802.11 ac. We recommend the ASUS-built Google OnHub.

If all else fails

If you have a new router and you know your Galaxy S7 isn't the problem and everything's tested properly with your internet service provider, then maybe your home just isn't Wi-Fi friendly. It's OK, many aren't.

As a last-ditch effort, you might want to try a Wi-Fi range extender/repeater. These usually just plug into a power outlet somewhere in your home in a Barrel of Monkeys fashion in that they pick up the Wi-Fi signal and then broadcast it, adding more range to your signal.

If you find that Wi-Fi works great near the router but sucks elsewhere in your home, strategically place an extender and your problems may be solved. Some extenders even help you pinpoint dead spots.

There are many to choose from, so check out Window Central's roundup to make sure you get what you need.

What's your fix?

Have you run into Wi-Fi issues with your Galaxy S7 and fixed them in a way not mentioned here? Share in the comments below!

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9 months ago

Dash Charge for OnePlus 3 explained

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Dash Charge is awesome.

OnePlus rolled out its Dash Charge fast charging option in the OnePlus 3, which allows the phone to go from 0 to a 60% charge in just 30 minutes. Dash Charge is licensed from OPPO, the parent company of OnePlus, and is different from the majority of quick charging options available today, most of which leverage Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology.

Here's what you need to know about Dash Charge.

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