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2 months ago

How to upload videos and manage the YouTube app for Android

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How to manage the YouTube app for Android

How do I upload to YouTube on Android?

Watching videos and subscribing to channels is what YouTube's all about, but there's so much more you can do, like uploading your own videos, messaging other YouTubers, and all those settings that'll help make your experience more enjoyable and help keep your data usage to a minimum.

Here's how to manage YouTube so that it works for you.

How to upload videos

You can upload video straight from your phone to the YouTube app.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the account button. It looks like a person.
  3. Tap My Videos.

    Launch YouTube, tap the account button, tap My Videos

  4. Tap the upload button. It's an upward arrow with a line under it.
  5. Tap an existing video or tap the video button at the top of your screen to take video.
  6. Enter a title and description for your video.

    Tap the upload button, choose a video or take a new one, enter a title and description

  7. Tap the dropdown menu under Privacy.
  8. Tap a privacy option:
    • Public: Anyone can search for and view your video
    • Unlisted: Anyone with a link can view your video but won't find it in a search
    • Private: Only you can view your video
  9. Tap the next button on the top right of your screen. It's the arrow.

    Tap the dropdown menu, choose a privacy setting for your video, tap the next button to upload

Depending on the length of your video and your internet connection, it could take anywhere from seconds to an hour to upload.

How to change upload network preferences

You can set whether or not you want to upload videos when not connected to Wi-Fi. If you don't want to eat up too much data, you'll want to upload only when connected to Wi-Fi.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch YouTube, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap Uploads.
  6. Tap either Only when on Wi-Fi or On any network.

    Tap General, tap Uploads, choose a setting

How to limit mobile data usage

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch YouTube, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap the switch next to Limit mobile data usage. When enabled, you'll only be able to stream in HD when connected to Wi-Fi.

    Tap General, tap the switch next to limit mobile data usage

How to manage notifications

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Notifications.

    Tap the more button, tap Settings, tap Notifications,

  5. Tap the switch next to each notifications setting you'd like to disable.
  6. Tap Subscriptions: Notify me via.
  7. Tap Push and email, Push only, or Email only.

    Tap the switch next to each setting you'd like to enable/disable, tap Subscriptions: Notify me via, tap an option

How to disable Autoplay

Do you find it ridiculously annoying when you've played a video and the next suggested video starts immediately after? You can turn that off.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch YouTube, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap the switch next to Autoplay.

    Tap General, tap the switch next to Autoplay

How to enable/disable Restricted Mode

Restricted Mode is a way to filter content that may be deemed inappropriate for children. It can get a little annoying, though, if you enjoy reading the comments, since it hides those by default (because YouTube comments).

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch YouTube, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap the switch next to Restricted Mode to enable/disable it.

    Tap General, tap the switch next to Restricted Mode

How to change content location

You won't be able to view region-locked content, since that has more to do with your Google account and other factors, but you can change what videos might be suggested for you, as well as what ads you see.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch YouTube, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap Content location.
  6. Tap a region.

    Tap General, tap Content location, tap a region

How to clear your history

You can't really watch anything lewd on YouTube, but if you need to clear your search or watch history, you have the option.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch YouTube, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap Privacy.
  5. Tap either Clear watch history or Clear search history (or both).
  6. Tap OK when prompted.

    Tap Privacy, tap an option, tap OK

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide

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Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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2 months ago

Getting 'GPS signal not found' error in Pokémon Go? Here's how to fix it!

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Don't let GPS errors stop you from playing Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and that's great for Android gamers around the world (or at least in the countries the game has launched. But if you're getting a "GPS signal not found" error when you launch the game, here's how to fix it!

GPS errors? First, make sure GPS is enabled!

Many Android phones come with their GPS radios turned off by default in order to save battery life, since the technology is very battery-intensive. Here's how to turn it on.

Note: This example was done on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but these steps should apply to most Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

  1. Tap on your phone's Settings icon or access Settings through Quick Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Privacy and safety. Tap on it.
  3. Tap on Location.

  4. Make sure Location toggle is in the on position.
  5. Tap on Locating method. This may also be called Location mode.
  6. Tap GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks. This may also be called High accuracy.
  7. Ensure that Wi-Fi is also turned on throughout the game, even if your phone is not connected to a network.

Pokémon Go uses both local Wi-Fi (also known as Assistive GPS), your closest mobile network tower, and GPS satellites to accurately place you in the game world. Turning on just Wi-Fi and mobile network-based location tracking will make your character jump around and less likely to be placed close to Pokémon.

Still getting an error even with GPS enabled?

GPS satellites are finicky things. While the radios inside Android phones have improved significantly over the last few years, they're still not perfect, and may sometimes have trouble locating you, especially indoors.

If you're still getting GPS errors even after turning everything on, take a step outside and hold your phone steady for around 30 seconds. That should allow the GPS satellites to lock onto your phone and get things back to normal.

MORE: Common Pokémon Go problems and how to fix them!

Can you still play the game without GPS?

Yes! If you don't have a phone with GPS, or are using a Wi-Fi tablet that doesn't have a GPS radio, it's still possible to play Pokémon Go. Unfortunately, the experience won't be as good, since you'll need to be in areas that have strong Wi-Fi signals, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other businesses, that you can connect to. Since Pokémon Go relies on having an internet connection, it will be able to locate you with just a Wi-Fi signal — just don't expect to compete on the same level as your Android phone-wielding friends.

Getting a driving warning when you're not actually driving?

That's a GPS problem! It's called GPS drift and it is usually caused when your phone can't latch onto a strong GPS signal while indoors. The quick fix is to turn on Wi-Fi, or to get close to a window, which will make it easier for a satellite to lock onto your GPS location.

MORE: How to avoid a driving warning in Pokémon Go

Update to the latest version

Are you getting a lot of GPS errors even after following all the steps above? Update to the latest version from the Play Store!

Pokémon Go

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2 months ago

How to set up a new Google account

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Google Play, Chromebooks, Gmail ... all these wonderful services start with (and require) a Google Account. And whether you're setting up a professional account to help field headhunters and job offers, or finally offloading one of your tweens to their own account, setting up a Google account is simple and quick, but there are a few tricks to it.

Let's open the door to the wonderful world of Google.

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2 months ago

How to use the YouTube app for Android

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How to use the YouTube app for Android

How do I use YouTube on Android?

Keyboard Cat. Muffins. Charlie Bit Me. Grape Lady Falls. Chocolate Rain. The list goes on and on and aren't we lucky that the YouTube app comes standard with just about every Android phone on the market (thanks, Google). So, how do you get to all these classic gems? How do you play them and subscribe to the channels you love?

Here's how!

How to search for videos

You can search for videos by keyword, topic, title, channel, whatever. Just type in what you want to find and away you go!

You can also find videos under the home (the little house button), trending (the fire button), and subscriptions (the play button with tabs behind it) tabs.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search button in the upper right corner of your screen. It looks like magnifying glass.
  3. Type in your search.
  4. Tap the search button on the bottom right of your keyboard. It's the magnifying glass.
  5. Tap on a video to view it.

    Launch YouTube, tap the search button, type in your search, tap the search button, tap the video

How to control video playback

Once you search for a video and tap on it, it'll play automatically. You can easily control playback using the play bar. Here's how:

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Search for the video you want to watch.
  3. Tap the video to play it. Turn your phone or tablet on its side to view the video in fullscreen. You can also tap the fullscreen button on the bottom right corner of the video. It looks like a broken square.

    Launch YouTube, find the video, tap it to play it

Playback controls

  • Tap the video area to bring up the play controls. Don't tap the center if you don't want to pause.
  • Tap the center of the video to play or pause.
  • Tap and drag along the play bar to scrub through the video.
  • Tap the next button or previous button to skip to the next video in the list or to go back to the video you were watching before.

    Playback controls

How to change video quality

If you're trying to save on data or you prefer all of your video in as high definition as possible, you can raise or lower the video quality at will.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video you want to watch.
  3. Tap the more button on the top right of the video pane. It looks like three vertical dots. You may have to tap the video to bring up the playback controls.
  4. Tap Quality.
  5. Tap a resolution in the list.

    Ta the more button, tap Quality, tap a resolution

Setting a lower resolution can help reduce the amount of data you use while streaming on a cellular signal. Some videos may not have certain resolutions available.

How to enable/disable captions

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video you want to watch.
  3. Tap the more button on the top right of the video pane. It looks like three vertical dots. You may have to tap the video to bring up the playback controls.
  4. Tap Captions.
  5. Tap a language if there are more than one available or tap Turn off if you don't want them on.

    Tap the more button, tap Captions, tap a language

How to create a YouTube account

If you want to like, comment, or subscribe on YouTube, you'll need to sign up for a YouTube account if you haven't already. Good news: If you have a Google account, you already have a YouTube account and need only sign in!

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Sign In.
  4. Tap the add button (plus sign) next to Accounts. Alternatively, tap the account you want to sign in with and you'll be signed in with your password.

    Tap the more button, tap Sign In, tap the add button

  5. Enter your email address and tap Next.
  6. Enter a password and tap Next.
  7. Tap Accept.

    Enter your email address, enter a password and tap Next, tap Accept

You'll be automatically signed in to YouTube with your new account.

How to subscribe to a YouTube channel

If you find a video you really like and want more from that YouTuber, you can subscribe to their channel. You'll need an account and then you'll receive a notification every time that channel uploads a new video.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video or channel from the YouTuber to whom you'd like to subscribe.
  3. Tap the red subscribe button. It'll be the word "Subscribe" with a red play button next to it.

    Launch YouTube, find the video or channel you want to subscribe to, tap Subscribe

How to share a YouTube video

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video or channel you'd like to share.
  3. Tap the share button on the upper right of your screen. It's the curved arrow.
  4. Tap a sharing method. You can share via message, email, Facebook, and just about anything else you can share with.
  5. Share as you would normally in whatever method you choose.

    Launch YouTube, find the video or channel you want to share, tap the share button, tap a sharing method, share

How to create playlists

You can add videos to a playlist while watching a video or you can add them from their thumbnails.

How to add videos to a playlist from the thumbnail

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Search for videos you'd like to add to your playlist.
  3. Tap the more button on the side of a video thumbnail. It's the three vertical dots.
  4. Tap Add to playlist.
  5. Tap Create new playlist.

    Tap the more button, tap Add to playlist, tap Create playlist

  6. Type a title for your playlist.
  7. Tap OK.

    Name your playlist, tap OK

The next time you add a video to that playlist, the name of the playlist will appear under **Add to watch later.

How to add the video you're watching to a playlist

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Search for videos you'd like to add to your playlist.
  3. Tap the video pane while watching the video.
  4. Tap the add to play list button. It looks like a list with a + on it.
  5. Tap Create new playlist.
  6. Type a name for your new playlist.
  7. Tap OK.

    Tap the add to playlist button, tap Add to playlist, tap Create playlist, name your playlist, tap OK

When you add a new video to a playlist, the name of the playlist you've created will appear in the choices.

How to cast YouTube to your TV with Chromecast

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the cast button. It looks like a box with the Wi-Fi symbol in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap a device. It could be your television, and Android TV box, or some other media streaming device.
  4. Tap a video to play it or add it to the queue.

    Tap the cast button, tap a device, tap a video to play or add it to the queue

You'll know your phone or tablet is ready to cast when the case button turns white in the middle.

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2 months ago

How to factory reset an Android phone

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How do I factory reset my Android phone?

There are a number of reasons why you might need to factory reset your Android phone. Maybe your phone is overloaded with apps and running slow, or you've downloaded a recent update and it's causing problems with your phone's functionality. Or maybe you want to reset to the factory settings because you're selling your phone (you should always do this when selling an old device, by the way).

Whatever the reason, here's how to factory reset your Android phone through the phone settings or from the bootloader if your phone is not properly booting up at all. Given how many different makes and models of Android devices there are, we'll be using the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P as our examples, though the process should be fairly similar across the board.

WARNING: Performing a factory reset will completely erase all your data off the phone. If you haven't backed up your contacts, pictures, videos, documents and anything else (preferably in the cloud, but absolutely somewhere else), you will be sorry you didn't do so. Consider yourself warned.

How to factory reset your phone from the settings menu

The easiest way to factory reset your phone is through the settings menu. The location of the factory reset option might vary slightly based on the exact phone you're using, but once you've found the "back up and reset" menu, you should be in the clear.

On a Nexus 6P

  1. Tap the Settings icon from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu.
  3. Tap Backup & reset.

  4. Tap Factory data reset.

  5. Tap Reset phone.
  6. Tap Erase everything.

Your phone will reboot and you'll have to go through the initial start up again before you're able to restore your data from wherever you backed it up.

On a Samsung Galaxy S7

  1. Tap the Settings icon from your home screen or app drawer
  2. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu.
  3. Tap Backup and reset.
  4. Swipe up to scroll down

  5. Tap Factory data reset.

  6. Tap Reset phone.
  7. Tap Erase everything.

Your phone will reboot and you'll have to go through the initial start up again before you're able to restore your data.

How to factory reset your phone with hardware buttons

If your phone is running into some issues and you're unable to boot it up properly, you're going to need to go into Android recovery mode. To do so, you'll typically need to start up your phone while holding down a Volume button and the Power button. The exact button combination will depend on the brand of phone you're using. From there, it's simply a matter of using the Volume buttons to scroll through the menu to find the factory reset option, then press the Power button to select.

On a Nexus 6P

  1. If your phone is on, power it off.
  2. Hold down the Power button and Volume down button. Instead of booting up normally, you'll see "Start" in an arrow pointed at the power button. Here you use the Volume buttons to scroll and the Power button to select an option
  3. Press the Volume down button until you've highlighted Recovery mode.
  4. Press the Power Button to start recovery mode.
  5. When your phone reloads, you should see a screen that says "No command" with an android robot in distress. Press and hold the power button, then press the volume up button once to load up the reboot menu.
  6. Using the Volume buttons to scroll through the menu, highlight Wipe data/factory reset.
  7. Press the Power button to select.
  8. Highlight and select Yes to confirm the reset.
  9. Once the reset is complete, you will be bounced back to the same recovery mode menu. Press the Power button to select Reboot system now.

Your phone will power on and be reset to its factory settings. The next time you turn the phone on, you will go through the initial setup process as if it were a brand new phone. Once set up, you can go about restoring your data from wherever you had it backed up.

On a Samsung Galaxy S7

  1. If your phone is on, power it off.
  2. Hold down the Power button, Volume up button, and Home button simultaneously. The phone will boot into recovery mode.
  3. Use the Volume buttons to scroll through the menu.
  4. Highlight Wipe data/factory reset.
  5. Press the Power button to select.
  6. Highlight and select Yes to confirm the reset.
  7. Once the reset is complete, you will be bounced back to the same recovery mode menu. Press the Power button to select Reboot system now.

Your phone will power on and be reset to its factory settings. The next time you turn the phone on, you will go through the initial setup process as if it were a brand new phone. Once set up, you can go about restoring your data from wherever you had it backed up.

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2 months ago

How to change your Google Calendar view, change the color of events, and return to today's date

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It's super easy to adjust your view from within Google Calendar.

Goolge Calendar is one of the easiest ways to keep track of all the moving parts in your life. From upcoming birthdays, to meetings and even tasks that you need to complete. Now the default view on Calendar will show you your schedule, and what you've got coming up next. Sometimes you want to check on things further out on your schedule though, and for that you may want to change your calendar view.

That includes changing the color of events so that they pop out when you take a quick look at your schedule. We've also got the details on quickly returning to today's date with just a tap, so you can ensure you're always looking in the right place. Thankfully Google has made this really easy, and we've got all the details for you here.

How to change your Calendar view

  1. Open Google Calendar
  2. Tap the Overflow icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  3. Choose from the list which view you would like to use.

Change a color in Calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar
  2. Open the event that you want to edit
  3. Tap the blue pencil icon to edit the event
  4. Scroll down and tap on Default color.
  5. Tap the new color you want for your event.

How to quickly return to today's date

  1. Finish whatever you are doing on a future or past date.
  2. Tap the calendar icon at the top of the screen

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2 months ago

How to enable VoLTE on the Galaxy Note 7

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How do I enable VoLTE on the Galaxy Note 7?

VoLTE is an underrated feature in smartphones today, especially if you make a lot of phone calls. The Galaxy Note 7 supports VoLTE, but depending on your carrier it may not be turned on by default. Here's how to enable it.

How to enable VoLTE on the Galaxy Note 7

  1. From the home screen or app launcher, open the Dialer.
  2. On the top right, tap the three-dot menu button.
  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap on VoLTE.
  5. Make sure that Use VoLTE when available is checked.

Note: Not all Galaxy Note 7 variants will have this feature in the same place, and may not have it at all if VoLTe isn't supported by the carrier.

More: Best Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks

Anything else?

The Galaxy Note 7 has great phone call quality from either 3G or LTE, but if your carrier supports VoLTE it's a big improvement. How's your experience been with VoLTE or HD Voice on the Galaxy Note 7?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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2 months ago

How to add a goal to Google Calendar

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Adding a goal in Google Calendar can help to keep you on track.

Plenty of us already use Google Calendar to keep track of the many different parts of your life. On top of making events and reminders you can also set goals for yourself. These include goals for exercising, work, friends, and plenty more. We've got the details for you here on how to set one up.

Set a goal in Google Calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Tap the red plus icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  3. Tap the blue flag icon to add a goal.
  4. Tap to choose what type of activity goal you want to set. You will be show a preset list of goals based on the type of activity.
  5. Tap an item from the list, or alternatively you can tap Custom... to add your own goal.
  6. Tap to chose the frequency of reminders to complete your goal (options range from weekly to daily).
  7. Tap to set the duration for your activity.
  8. Tap to choose the best time of day for completing your goal.
  9. Tap the checkmark to confirm your goal settings.

Google Calendars will now automatically find time in your schedule for the upcoming month based on on the parameters you set and add them as special events to your daily schedules.

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2 months ago

What to do if you're locked out of your phone after resetting it

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While it's for our own good, Factory Reset Protection can trip you up when you reset your phone. These tips can help.

Getting stuck when trying to reset your phone seems to be a fairly common thing. The reasons for it are good — Google has methods in place to try and cut back on phone theft — but when it's your phone and your data, it can be frustrating if you can't use it. Here are a few pointers that can help if it happens to you, as well as what you can do to prevent it from happening.

Why do I need to know the old account information?

In recent versions of Android, once a phone has been tied to a Google account you need to use the same account and password to "unlock" it if you reset it. It's called FRP (Factory Reset Protection), and it's done to make stolen phones less valuable; if you steal my phone you can't unlock the screen to use it, and if you reset it you need my Google account information to set it up again. If you can't use my phone, you're less likely to steal it. Or if you've found a phone and can't use it you'll be more likely to turn it over to the police. Every company that makes phones with access to Google Play is using this feature and some also have their own version that can do the same thing through their accounts.

Even a great idea seems bad when it keeps you from using your phone.

The problem is that if you reset your own phone, or buy a used phone that still has FRP active you might need to know the account username and password that was last used on the phone to sync with Google's servers. Resetting the phone through the settings should remove the account before it erases the data, but it very often doesn't. Sometimes we forget those details, or if we bought a phone from someone else we might not be able to get them. While people are always looking for exploits to work around the FRP lock, once found they quickly get patched. (Though sometimes those patches take a while to work their way through manufacturers and carriers, so it's always worth a Google search.)

When this happens on your own account and you have access from another phone (or tablet or computer) first instinct is to have the password you forgot reset so you can move forward. But that only locks the phone setup completely for at least 24 hours because another security feature stops you from adding access to your Google account on the phone right after a password change or other "suspicious" activity. On phones running Lollipop, this might be 72 hours — Google changed it in May 2016 and some phones need a software update for it to take effect. Every time you try starts the 24-hour clock new, and we all would keep trying over and over out of frustration.

So what should I do?

There are three ways to get in. The first, using the Google account recovery tool, will only work if you took the time to set up a backup phone (and can swap your SIM card with another phone to get a text) or second email account. We'll go over how to do that in the next section, but if you already did it you can click this link to start the recovery process. Make sure your phone is charged and turned on, and make sure you have access to a phone using the recovery number or the recovery account email. If you're using two-factor authentication, you'll need a way to authorize your account. If that would usually be the phone you're trying to unlock, the recovery tool will walk you through the steps to disable 2FA or use a CAPTCHA code.

The next step is to reset your account password from another device, then wait 24 (or 72 — see above) hours before trying to set it up. You can leave the phone powered on or shut it off, just don't try to do anything with it while you're waiting or you may reset the countdown. Waiting a full day (or three) really sucks, but it's better than not having any access to your account and not being able to use your phone ever again.

If you bought used, you'll need to contact the original owner for some help.

The third option is for advanced users, and may not work on your particular model. You can try to wipe the phone's data and cache partitions through the device recovery. This used to work on some models, never worked on others, and even triggered a dialog asking for the same account details as setup does on others. But if you're into fiddling with things, this is pretty easy to try. The other thing to try is to reflash the operating system. Using whatever tools are needed on a computer (Fastboot, Odin, LG Flash Tool, etc.) and the correct factory image to completely erase the phone and start from scratch. This too isn't 100%. Rooted users can try ADB through recovery and then remove specific files from the settings database — search your particular model for more on this.

If none of these solutions work you can try filling out this form or calling 650-253-0000 to work through the Google Accounts customer service menu. You can also try checking with the company you bought the phone from, as they may have experience solving the issue.

If you aren't the original owner and don't have access to a way to recover the account, you'll need to contact whoever you bought it from.

Account recovery options

Save yourself some headache and set up your account recovery options. Visit your Google account settings page and run the "Security Checkup" you'll find in the left column. You can tell Google how to send you a token to get into your account if you're locked out and select recovery questions as part of the first step. We recommend you provide all the detail you can here. Just because the FRP "issue" hasn't hit you yet doesn't mean it never will.

With password managers and 2FA settings, the days of just remembering a simple account password are over for a lot of us. Don't think that you'll never be locked out of your own phone and your own account! Take a few minutes and make sure Google can help you get in if you need them to.

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2 months ago

How to copy music to your Android phone

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How to copy music to your Android phone

How do I put music on my Android phone?

Most phones now have storage capacities that lend themselves nicely to holding all of your favorite tunes. If your phone has a microSD card slot, even better! You can usually transfer your music right onto the card.

Here's how to copy your music onto your Android phone using either Windows or Mac!

How to copy music from your Mac onto your Android phone using Android File Transfer

Once you've downloaded Android File Transfer, just plug your phone into your Mac via USB.

  1. Launch Android File Transfer from the Finder or your Dock.
  2. Open a Finder window and open the folder in which your music is contained.
  3. Click either Phone or SD Card, depending on where you'd like to transfer your music to. If your phone doesn't have a microSD slot, then you won't have to SD Card option.
  4. Drag and drop individual music files or entire folders onto Android File Transfer.

    Launch Android File Transfer, open a Finder window, click either Phone or SD Card, drag and drop music files or folders

That's all there is to it, but be careful: If you try to transfer too many files at once, Android File Transfer will likely just crap out and stop party-way through. Keep your transfers to batches under 1GB.

How to transfer music from your computer to your Android phone wirelessly using AirDroid

If you prefer to go the cableless route (which is probably a good idea if your alternative is Android File Transfer) then AirDroid is where it's at. It works for both Mac and PC, so just download it and set it up!

  1. Launch AirDroid from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Sign in or Sign up.
  3. Enter your email address and a password.
  4. Tap Sign in.
  5. Tap Enable if you'd like to see the app notifications on your computer in real time. Otherwise, tap Later.

    Tap Sign In or Sign Up, enter you email address and a password, tap Sign In, tap Enable or Later

  6. On your Mac, go to http://web.airdroid.com. Alternativey, you can download the desktop client.
  7. Enter your email address and password and click Sign in.
  8. If prompted, click the device you'd like to transfer music to and click OK. You should then receive a notification on your phone that AirDroid is connected.

    Enter your email address and password and click Sign in, click the device you want to transfer files to if more than one shows up

  9. Click the Music button on the bottom left of the AirDroid options. A window will appear.
  10. Click Upload.

    Click Music, click Upload

  11. Click to open a Finder window.
  12. Drag and drop music files or folders as you please.

    Open a Finder windows, drag and drop music files and folders

You can drop as many files as you like; you just can't select whether your music is stored on your phone or SD card. It'll automatically be stored on your phone, though if your phone has the function, you'll be able to move your music onto your SD card.

How to transfer music from your Windows PC to your Android phone

PCs make life quite a bit easier in that they recognize your Android phone as a USB device and so long as your phone is in the right USB mode, copying music is as simple as connecting, dragging, dropping, done.

  1. Plug your phone into your PC via USB.
  2. On your phone, tap the USB notification.
  3. Tap the circle next to Transfer files (MTP). The File Explorer will automatically launch.

    Tap the USB notification, tap the circle next to Transfer files (MTP)

  4. Launch another File Explorer window from your taskbar.
  5. Find the music files you would like to copy to your phone.
  6. Drag the music files to your phone and to either the internal storage or the SD card, if you have one and release them.

    Launch another File Explorer window from the taskbar, find the music files you want to copy to your phone, drag and drop the music files to your phone's internal storage or SD card if you have one

Your turn!

How do you copy music files to your Android phone or tablet? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

How to pair Bluetooth headphones with your Android phone

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How to pair Bluetooth headphones with your Android phone

How do I pair Bluetooth headphones on Android?

With Apple getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new iPhone, there has been some speculation as to what's next for Android. Luckily, there is no one, proprietary port that could replace the headphone jack on Android phones… For now. So, whether you want to future-proof yourself or you just want the convenience of wireless headphones, getting a pair of Bluetooth cans isn't a bad idea at all.

All you have to do is pair them with your Android phone and away you go. Here's how!

How to pair Bluetooth headphones to your Android phone

Whether you have a Samsung device or something a little more "pure Android", the process is pretty much the same.

Before you get started, turn on your headphones and make sure they're in pairing mode. Instructions will come with the headphones.

  1. Launch Settings from the Notification Shade, your home screen, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the switch to turn Bluetooth on.
  4. Tap the headphones under Available devices.

    Tap Bluetooth, tap the switch to turn it on, tap your headphones in the list of available devices

Your headphones should automatically pair. For some headphones, you may have to hold a pair button during pairing, but for most, you'll just put them into pairing mode, tap them on your phone, and that'll be it. They'll show up in your known devices and automatically connect from then on.

Questions?

Questions about pairing Bluetooth headphones to your Android phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

The best way to use your Pokémon Go Plus

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Is the Pokémon Go Plus worth it?

You can explore the world of Pokémon Go for free if you have a smartphone, but if you really want to take this game to the next level you can buy a $35 wrist button. At least, that's what Niantic and Nintendo want you to think when you see Pokémon Go Plus on the shelf. This inexpensive little gadget is all about keeping you in the game even when your phone isn't in your hand, by buzzing your wrist when there's something nearby for you to do in the game.

If being tethered to Pokémon Go without looking at your screen is an appealing idea for you, there's a lot to like about this simple little accessory. Here's how to get the most out of the experience.

Walking with Pokémon Go Plus

The biggest benefit to having Pokémon Go Plus on your wrist is not needing to have your phone in your hand or carefully positioned in a pocket while you walk around. Walking in Pokémon Go powers incubators for hatching eggs, and encourages your designated Pokémon Buddy to give you extra Pokémon Candy the more you walk. It's a huge part of the game, and keeping your screen on while you do so is kind of tedious. Pokémon Go Plus lets you walk with your screen completely off and in your pocket. As long as that wristband is connected to your phone, every step you take is recorded in the game. This means you get those kilometers in much faster than you normally would, because it's always paying attention to how far you've walked.

You can really take advantage of Pokémon Go Plus by being just a little more active every day. Anything from a casual walk through a grocery store to a sprint down the street in hopes of catching your bus across town gets counted by Pokémon Go Plus. It's fantastic encouragement to go for a walk during your lunch break or even just park further away the next time you're at the store. It all adds up quick when you don't have to fire up the Pokémon Go app to capture those steps, which means more eggs hatched and more candy received!

Checking in at Pokéstops

You'll get a small vibration on your wrist and a flashing blue light in the center of the wristband every time you're near a Pokéstop that's ready to be spun. Instead of pulling your phone out and checking the app, you just tap the button on your wrist and it will check in for you. This works whether you're walking down the street or stopped at an intersection with a Pokéstop nearby, and every time the Pokéstop recharges you're notified to check in again. When you finally do check your phone, you'll see all of the items you received in your Journal and in your Inventory.

One weird note with Pokéstops through Pokémon Go Plus: checking in with the button doesn't always turn the stop purple. This doesn't mean you can check in twice — we tried repeatedly — but it is something worth keeping in mind as you switch between playing with just the wristband and playing on your phone.

Catching all the Pokémon

A green or yellow light flash on your wrist means there's a Pokémon nearby for you to catch. Green flashes mean it's a Pokémon you've encountered before, and yellow means it's a Pokémon not currently in your Pokédex. Before you tap that button and try to catch yourself a Pokémon using nothing but your wrist, there are a few things to consider.

Pokémon Go Plus will only ever throw a single standard red and white Pokéball on your behalf. If the Pokémon breaks free of that single standard Pokéball, it breaks free immediately and flees. You don't get another shot to catch that Pokémon, it's gone. This is particularly troubling when you can't actually see what you're going to be catching, so your best bet is to only use Pokémon Go Plus to catch something if you have absolutely no plans of otherwise stopping to catch it. You should probably always avoid trying to capture something that flashes yellow on your Pokémon Go Plus, especially once you reach level 20 or higher in the game.

Overall having Pokémon Go Plus on you can be handy, and it's hard to argue with the price, but it's important to figure out how to fit it into your particular style of gameplay before you go for a jog with it on.

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2 months ago

Best Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks

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How can I make my Galaxy Note 7 even better, right out of the box?

The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung's best phone ever, but it's not perfect. Some of the out-the-box settings are a little strange, and others are downright frustrating. Here's how you can make it the best possible experience — immediately!

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2 months ago

How to keep the Pokémon Go Plus from disconnecting from your Android phone

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How do I keep my Pokewatch from disconnecting?

If you're one of the many people out there who recently decided to dive deeper into the world of Pokémon Go by picking up a Pokémon Go Plus for your wrist, you may have noticed it plays by slightly different rules than the rest of the game. You can use it without the screen on your phone even being on, and through it you can catch Pokemon, check in to Pokéstops, and gain all the steps necessary for egg hatching and candy earning. It's a fun little accessory, right until it disconnects from your phone and you realize the last mile you walked didn't count towards anything.

You aren't along in being frustrated by this. The Pokémon Go Plus is a simple accessory, and disconnects aren't always easy to immediately detect. Here's how you can tell you're disconnected, and what you can do to avoid future disconnections during gameplay.

How to tell you've been disconnected

For the most part, Pokémon Go Plus is pretty good about letting you know when it has disconnected from the phone. The wristband will vibrate and flash red as soon as it is disconnected from your phone. This is east to detect if you're walking and feel the vibration or see the LED, but if you're doing something important and can't stop to look at your wrist or you just plain didn't feel the vibration you may not know right away. This disconnection notification only happens once, so your window is limited.

The other way to know you've been disconnected is by tapping the LED button in the center of the watch and looking for a slow pulsing blue light. That pulsing blue light is the Pokémon Go Plus trying to connect to your phone, which naturally means it has been disconnected. If you tap this button and feel a single quick vibration pulse, it means you're connected to your phone and everything is fine. If you see the slow blue pulse, it means you've been disconnected.

Why did my Pokémon Go Plus disconnect?

There are a couple of reasons why your Pokémon Go Plus would disconnect from your phone. For starters, the watch is designed to disconnect when you are actively using the Pokémon Go app on your phone to play the game. If you're busy playing the game, you don't need a separate reminder on your wrist that Pokémon are showing up around you. It's also possible you've walked too far away from your phone, in which case the Bluetooth connection between your wrist and your phone will have been interrupted.

Your Pokémon Go Plus may have also disconnected if your GPS loses track of where you are. Pokémon Go needs the GPS in your phone to function, and when connected to your Pokémon Go Plus the phone has a constant connection to GPS services. If that connection fails, your watch will disconnect until you reconnect it.

Finally, several users have found issues with specific Android phones that don't currently have a resolution. Some phones by OnePlus and Motorola, for example, disconnect from Bluetooth a little more easily than other. This means the Bluetooth Low Energy connection between your phone and Pokémon Go Plus may disconnect easily with interference. To deal with these problem, disable Wi-Fi on your phone and make sure Bluetooth Scanning is disabled.

How to reconnect to Pokémon Go Plus

Being disconnected is a bummer, but reconnecting is easy.

  1. Open Pokémon Go on your phone
  2. Tap the dark Pokemon Go Plus icon in the top left
  3. Tap the LED button on your Pokemon Go Plus

You'll feel a vibration on your wrist and see a notification in Pokémon Go when the two are connected. From here you can close the app and go back to using your phone as you see fit. You will also see a notification icon in your tray letting you know you are connected to Pokemon Go, which will tell you about the last thing you did in the game as you continue to play.

Enjoy!

Still having problems?

Are you still struggling to get your Pokémon Go Plus accessory to connect to your Android phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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