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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

Using folders on your home screen and how to make the most of them

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Not every home screen has to be a grid of individual icons.

When building your home screen and getting things laid out the way you want, we tend to talk about widgets and wallpapers and icon packs. That overlooks a simple but powerful tool when it comes to organizing our apps: folders. Folders are by no means a new concept for launchers, but they come with no small amount of stigma, especially when it comes to their looks. Thankfully, there are a few tricks for both using them and theming them that might help you learn to bite the bullet and fill up some folders.

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

How to watch Super Bowl 50 on your Android phone or tablet

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Are you ready for some footbaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll???

With Super Bowl 50 nearly upon us, we want to make sure you're fully set to not miss a second of the action. We're going to run down how you can watch the big game live from your Android phone or tablet, and keep up to date on the latest developments.

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4 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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4 months ago

How to manage your body weight and nutritional goals in Fitbit for Android

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Eat healthier, move healthier, and be healthier with Fitbit.

Fitbit projects that it will have 40 million users in 2016. That's a lot of people who are using it to get healthier. Are you one of them? You are? That's great! Here's how you can get the most out of your Fitbit.

How to create a food plan in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit helps you keep track of how many calories you eat every day according to the food plan you choose. Here's how to set one up.

  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 then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap Food Plan.

    tap settings, then nutrition, then food plan

  7. Type your current weight in the Starting Weight field.
  8. Type your goal weight in the Goal Weight field.
  9. Tap Next.

    type start weight then goal wieght then tap next

  10. Tap the food plan you want to set. You have a number of choices, depending on how extreme you want to go:
    • Easier: Lose 0.5 pounds per week with a deficit of 250 calories per day.
    • Medium: Lose 1 pound per week with a deficit of 500 calories per day.
    • Kinda hard: Lose 1.5 pounds per week with a deficit of 750 calories per day.
    • Harder: Lose 2 pounds per week with a deficit of 1,000 calories per day.
  11. Tap Next to confirm intensity.
  12. Tap Next when you have read the information.

    tap plan, then next then next

  13. Tap Next.
  14. Tap Save Plan.

    tap next, then save plan

How to change your water goal in Fitbit for Android

You can log how much water you drink in Fitbit and it will tell you if you have reached your goal for the day. Here's how you change your target goal.

  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 then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap Water.

    tap settings then nutrition then water

  7. Type the Water Goal you want.
  8. Tap OK.

    type water goal then tap  OK

How to set a weight goal in Fitbit for Android

When you want to lose weight, keeping track of the numbers can help. Read on to find out how to set a weight loss goal 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 then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on Settings.
  5. Tap on Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap on Goal Weight.

    tap settings, then nutriton then goal weight

  7. Tap Lose, Gain, or Maintain.
  8. Swipe left or right on the meter until your goal weight/current weight is displayed above the vertical red arrow.
  9. Tap Next.

    tap loose, then swipe left or right , then tap next

  10. Swipe left or right on the meter until your desired body fat percentage is displayed above the vertical red arrow. (Alternatively, tap the dashes in the center of your screen to type it in.)

    Note: you can tap on Skip to skip entering a body fat percentage goal and set your goal weight.

  11. Tap Next.

    Tap skip or swipe left or right then tap next

How to set a body fat goal in Fitbit for Android

A healthy body fat percentage falls into a range dependent on your age and gender. Let's see how you set up a body fat percentage goal.

  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 then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on Settings.
  5. Tap on Nutrition and Body.
  6. Tap on Body Fat.

    tap settings, then nutriton, then body fat

  7. Swipe left or right on the meter until your desired body fat percentage is displayed above the vertical red arrow. (Alternatively, tap the dashes in the center of your screen to type it in.)
  8. Tap Next.

    swipe right or left, then tap next

How to remove a weight or body fat goal in Fitbit for Android

If you decide that you don't want Fitbit to keep track of your weight anymore, you can remove the goal with a couple of taps.

  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 then tap menu, then account

  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Nutrition and Body.

    tap settings then nutrition goals

  6. Tap the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen.
  7. Choose a goal to remove.

    • Tap Remove weight goal to remove your weight goal.
    • Tap Remove body fat goal to remove that goal.

      tap more options then remove weight goal

Now you'll be able to manage all of your body weight goals and make sure you're staying hydrated all the while! Keep in mind that Fitbit collects relatively limited information when it comes to calculating caloric intake and burn, so be sure you're in the right physical condition for your goals.

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4 months ago

How to manage time zones and locations in Fitbit for Android

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Fitbit gives you all of the options — not only can you tell it where you are, you can tell it when you are.

Do you travel a lot? Changing time zones and locales mess with the body's circadian rhythms, and when you're jet lagged the last thing you want to do is work out. However, Fitbit can still keep on track to your fitness goals with a few adjustments.

How to turn automatic time zone on or off in Fitbit on Android

By default Fitbit will keep its time zone synced up with your phone's, but if you travel a lot and want to keep your Fitbit on your home time zone, that's a thing you can do. Here's how.

  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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Tap the switch to enable it. It turns red when on and gray when off.

    tap settings, tap switch to enable or disable

How to change your time zone in Fitbit on Android

If you've disabled automatic time zone switching, then you'll have to manually change your time zone in Fitbit if the need arises.

  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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Tap Select time zone.
  6. Tap your time zone in the menu.

    tap settings, then select time zone, then tap time zone

How to turn automatic location tracking on or off in Fitbit on Android

Automatic location is enabled by default. If you disabled it, here's how to enable 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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.

  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Automatic location.
  6. Tap the switch to enable it. It turns red when on and gray when off.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap switch to enable

How to change your location in Fitbit on Android

If you want to tell Fitbit where you are in the world yourself, you need to disable this setting. Here's how to do 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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Select location.

    tap settings, then swipe up

  6. Tap Select location.
  7. Tap your country in the menu.

    tap location then tap country

How to change the food database in Fitbit on Android

Want to change the Fitbit's food data base to match your local cuisine? Yes, that's a thing you can do — here's how to do 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, on the left side of your screen.

    launch app, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS in the lower right corner of the green area of your screen.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Food database.

    tap settings then swipe up

  6. Tap Food database.
  7. Tap your country in the menu.

    tap food database, then tap country

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4 months ago

How to customize the activity goals in Fitbit for Android

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Set your own goals for your Fitbit fitness tracking.

The American Heart Association recommends that everyone take 10,000 steps per day, but you want to challenge yourself to do 20,000 steps in a day. Good on you! With Fitbit, you can customize your goals for steps and more. Let's get started.

How to change your steps goal in Fitbit for Android

This setting measures how many steps you take each day. The default goal is the American Heart Association's recommended 10,000, but you can set it for whatever you want.

  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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Steps.

    tap settings, then acttivity, then steps

  7. Type in the number of steps you want for your new goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit number of steps

How to change your distance goal in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit measures how far you travel during the day. That is, how far you walk or run. No, driving your car around doesn't count!

  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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Distance.

    tap settings, then activity, then distance

  7. Type in the distance you want for your new goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit distance goal

How to change your calories goal in Fitbit for Android

Weight control is about more than exercise — you need to pay attention to what you're eating too. Fitbit can help you keep track of how many calories you eat every day, and you can set your own daily calories burned goal.

  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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Calories.

    tap settings, activity, and then calories

  7. Type in your calorie consumption goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit calorie consumption goal

How to change your active minutes goal in Fitbit for Android

Fitbit awards Active Minutes for every minute that your MET is at 3 or above. MET stands for metabolic equivalent and measures your energy expenditure based on your weight.

  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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Activity.
  6. Tap Active Minutes.

    tap settings, then activity, then active minutes

  7. Type in the Active Minutes you want for your new goal.
  8. Tap OK.

    edit active minutes goal

How to set a weekly exercise goal in Fitbit for Android

Exercise is key to losing weight and especially to maintaining a successful weight loss. Here's how you can set a daily exercise goal 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, then tap menu button, then account

  4. Tap SETTINGS.
  5. Tap Exercise.
  6. Tap the current Weekly Exercise Goal.

    tap settings, then exercise, then weekly goal

  7. Tap the weekly goal you want. Your choices run from 1 day a week to 7 days a week.

  8. Tap SAVE.

    Tap goal, then save

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