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3 months ago

Use caution when changing the Galaxy S7's default calendar sync settings

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Galaxy S7 Calendar sync settings

We don't blame you for not liking Samsung's Calendar app — but you should just let it be.

One of the best parts of Android is being able to install apps from Google Play that replace default apps on the phone. And in the case of the Galaxy S7, you may find yourself downloading a new calendar app to replace Samsung's Calendar. That's all fine and good to do so — but we have a word of warning about turning off sync inside the stock Calendar app.

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3 months ago

Factory Reset Protection: what you need to know

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Factory Reset Protection helps keep your data safe if your phone is lost or stolen, but you need to remember to disable it before a new user can set it up and sign in.

Factory Reset Protection (FRP) is a security method that was designed to make sure someone can't just wipe and factory reset your phone if you've lost it or it was stolen. Starting with Android Lollipop, FRP is "standard" in vanilla Android, and most companies making our phones have implemented it in their own models. It's a good thing — it makes a stolen phone harder to use, which makes it less appealing to thieves, and anything that can protect our data on a phone we've lost is welcome.

The problem is that people are selling or trading or even giving away phones with FRP enabled and this makes things difficult for the next user.

How it works explains why. If you reset a phone with FRP enabled, you have to provide the user name and password for the last Google account that was registered with the device. There are random work-arounds on the Internet, but they tend to get patched almost as soon as they are discovered. You'll pretty much need to know the login details for the last account to use the phone before you can do anything with it if FRP was enabled before you reset it.

We've been bitten by this ourselves. We ship phones all over North America and the U.K., and sometimes it's easy to forget about FRP when you wipe the data on a phone and stick it in a box. And yes, we end up having to share a password to get past the initial setup — you can't reset a protected phone for 72 hours after a password change, so "temporary" passwords aren't going to work. Never (and I mean never) reset a phone without turning FRP off during that 72 hour time period. There is nothing but heartache and pain at the bottom of that hole.

The good news is that disabling FRP is easy. The bad news is that there is nothing to remind you to do it when you're wiping your phone. I would love to see a reminder about FRP when resetting, much like the one we see now about losing our accounts and data. Until then, it's up to you to remember to disable it when you're getting a phone ready to send to someone else. The process:

  • Open your device settings and remove any security you have for the lock screen. This isn't a required step for all phones, but some want you to do this so we're including it here.
  • Once that's done, you need to remove any and all Google Accounts from the phone or tablet. That's also done in the settings — look for a section labeled Accounts. With an account selected, look for a delete or remove option, usually hidden behind the three little dots in the top corner of the screen.
  • When you've made sure all of the Google accounts have been erased, you can then factory reset your phone or tablet through the device settings.

The good news is that disabling FRP is easy. The bad news is that there is nothing to remind you to do it when you're wiping your phone.

A couple notes need added here. This doesn't undo Samsung's (or anyone else's) version of Reactivation Lock. If you've enabled data reset protection through your Samsung account, you'll need to turn that off in your Security settings. You can find the switch under the "Find My Mobile" section.

If you've forgotten to turn off FRP and sent a phone to someone else, you'll likely need to help them get it setup. This means giving them access to your Google account password. Do that while you're talking to them, and as soon as they are done you'll want to reset your account password. This sounds sketchy, but be a good seller and do the right thing. Then change that password ASAP because you never want anyone else to have your Google password. I'm sure you can see why disabling FRP before you send a phone off to someone else is a much better solution.

While we haven't seen headlines telling us mobile phone theft is down by any measurable percentage since FRP was enabled, it's still a good way to keep your data safe. And it's pretty easy to disable when you want someone else to be able to use your old phone.

A few words for Android power-users:

If you change the default security on your phone (root, unlock your boot loader, or simply check the box to allow it) this issue and these instructions are not for you. Most things related to security and OS integrity are not for you, because you elected to take care of those issues yourself. That's not a bad thing, unless you checked boxes and did things without understanding the implications.

Remember, we're the 1-percenters when it comes to Android. We aren't the people something like FRP was designed for because we care about unlocked boot loaders and don't want someone to worry about protecting us from ourselves or anyone else.

If you're using a phone that's not running Android as written, it may or may not use the same reset protection methods. Those particular devices are best covered with their own article talking about their own methods of theft-prevention. Those are coming.

Also — If you're using a phone that was shipped with a version of Android older than 5.1.1, this may or may not apply to you — that's up to the manufacturer to decide. Likely no update will enable FRP on a phone that didn't ship with it in the first place.

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3 months ago

Make your home screen look good, even without an app drawer

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The world isn't ending. No one is taking away your app drawer.

There's been a lot of talk about app drawers of late, particularly with more phones not using them by default. But what if you like not having to go to another screen to find all your apps? What if you don't want to hassle with learning a new launcher? What if you like the themes or features of the one you have, except for not having an app drawer?

Here's how to handle having all your apps on your home screen.

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4 months ago

Put some super in your screen with this Wallpaper Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Deadpool to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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4 months ago

Even the Justice League will be jealous of these Batman and Superman themes

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Tell me … does your theme bleed awesomeness?

We're ready to see Batman and Superman duke it out for a few hours before they team up to beat down Facebook founder lookalike Lex Luthor. They're even bringing along a Wonder Woman we have a lot of hope for and an Aquaman that I'm gonna cheer on even if he's not the Aquaman I'd prefer. (I'll take as much Aquaman as I can, but could we get one with a sense of humor on the big screen once?)

While some Android phones can get Superman or Batman cases, maybe, if your phone is popular enough with casemakers, but we don't limit our themes to a case. We're not iPhone users, for Duarte's sake. So we've assembled two themes to bring the badass of Batman to your icons, your widgets, and the rest of your home screen.

Let's put some super in your phone.

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4 months ago

When will my Rogers smartphone be updated?

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Not the most up-to-date, but it's something.

Rogers is Canada's largest mobile provider, and releases dozens of new devices every year. And with the inconsistency of Android updates, it's understandable that its customers would want to know when their handsets will receive significant new updates.

Like Telus, Rogers hosts a chart detailing when forthcoming updates will be made available over the air. Unlike Telus, however, Rogers isn't particularly good about keeping it updated.

Right now, it looks like there are no dates for major Samsung release like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, but the LG G3 will be receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow "soon."

Last updated March 17, 2016

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4 months ago

When will my Telus smartphone be updated?

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Your phone could be updated sooner than you think.

Telus, Canada's second-largest mobile carrier, is a customer-friendly company, and one of its commitments is to keep Android users informed about when their devices will receive bug fixes, performance improvements, and significant new OS versions.

The company hosts a constantly-updated chart in its forums detailing when the next Galaxy, Moto, Nexus or Alcatel will receive an over-the-air software update, which has helped alleviate a number of emails, tweets and calls to customer service representatives, according to a company representative.

As of this writing, Telus has issued an Marshmallow update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, while the Galaxy S6 update will arrive on April 18. These numbers tend to change, but Telus is usually quick about making those updates.

Telus notes that is one of the fastest providers to turn around updates — Android updates go through Quality Assurance testing for network performance and safety, such as 9-11 access — so any delays are usually the result of the manufacturer. Nevertheless, it's nice to see Telus committing to keeping its customers informed.

Last updated Apr. 5, 2016

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4 months ago

When will my Bell smartphone be updated?

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Does your Android device have the latest update?

Bell, Canada's third-largest carrier, doesn't always make it easy to find out when its smartphones will be updated, but it does keep a comprehensive list of recent improvements.

Unlike Telus and Rogers, Bell doesn't keep a list of updates, but it does have a listing for every smartphone it's sold in the past few years, along with that device's latest update.

To find your phone's update, head to Bell's device listing page and tap on Select a device. Tap on the name of the manufacturer, such as Samsung, and then scroll down to find the handset you're looking for.

When new Android releases are made available, Bell is usually fairly good about updating its device pages, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 above.

Last updated March 17, 2016

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4 months ago

How to turn off Twitter's 'best Tweets first' algorithm

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Twitter

Once upon a time, Twitter worked in the following way: Someone posted a tweet. Then someone else would tweet. Then you would see these tweets in your timeline, in the order they were sent. And because chronological order isn't good enough for social services any more (too predictable and rigid and not as easily monetized, or something like that), Twitter is by default now showing you the "best tweets first."

Whatever the hell that means.

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4 months ago

Night mode is back and (we hope) it's here to stay

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Android's going dark again, and maybe this time it's gonna last.

When I joined the Android world, Google Play Music All Access had a dark theme to it, and I absolutely loved it. I savored those darker hues when listening to my music late into the night. Then at Google I/O 2013, they unveiled All Access, and a shiny, white UI to go with it. And I wept, for my beloved dark theme was gone. Soon, white UIs took over all the Google apps, and over most of the system, as the once-dark Settings app went white in Lollipop.

Now, in the Android N developer preview, some of apps are reclaiming their darker UIs with the newly returned Night mode. And I hope that maybe, just maybe, dark themes will return to more individual apps.

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4 months ago

Removing System Tuner UI from your Android N Settings

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Sometimes a new feature isn't always a must-have feature. This one can be turned off.

Why would you want to make Android N's System Tuner UI go away? It has tons of options you can play with. You can clean up your status bar with it. You can turn on and tweak that awesome Night mode with it. You can even re-calibrate your display with it. But you're not gonna use any of that, are you? Okay, to each their own.

Here's how to turn it off.

System UI Tuner is not visible by default; in fact, most phones running Marshmallow won't even give you the option to make it visible and accessible. This is for very good reason: it holds a lot of settings that can jank up your status bar and your quick settings, and not everyone needs to be in them. System UI Tuner is playing host to more features this year, and those features and this menu can change or disappear over the course of the Developer Preview. Nothing is final until N ships in the fall, after all.

If you added System UI Tuner to your Settings poked around, and decided you don't need any of this awesomeness, you can take them back off the visible menu in Settings quite easily. As a quick reminder: if you remove System UI Tuner, you can't use Night mode, and any default status bar items you may have toggled off will be turned back on.

  1. Open System UI Tuner.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Remove from Settings.
  4. Tap Remove in the popup that asks you if you really want to remove System UI Tuner from your settings and stop using all the settings therein.

Whether you turn it off or keep it on, be content knowing that if you get fed-up with it, you can banish it to its invisible corner of the system from the Settings menu.

Android Nougat

Android N (currently in Developer Preview status) is now Android Nougat! It's the 12th nicknamed version of Android and will be released to the public in the fall of 2016. Here's everything you need to know so far!

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4 months ago

Adjust your screen color in the Android N Developer Preview

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You spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone. You take it out of the box and the display looks yellow. What do you do?

Your options used to be limited: you could take the shiny new phone back and hope the second one doesn't have that tint, assuming that the store will let you do the exchange. You could root it and use a color calibration tool in a third-party ROM or root app. Or you could keep the device and hope a future system update fixed the color calibration.

No more. Now, we can calibrate the display to our own liking in the Android N Developer Preview.

Unlike Night mode, this is the first time screen calibration has appeared in a Developer Preview, and as such there's always a chance that this feature may not make it to the final build. It may also change over the course of the Developer Preview, and it would be welcome as there are some improvements that can be made to the tool as it stands now.

In the System UI Tuner, there's a new category called Color and appearance. It hosts Night mode and an option to Calibrate display. When you tap Calibrate display, a screen will pop up with three bars: Red Green and Blue. All bars are automatically set at full, so if you want to increase the blue in your screen, you'll bring the red and green down rather than pull the blue further up.

At the moment, the controls are a bit hit or miss, and at least part of that is because you can't see the changes until you hit Apply. Thankfully, if you went overboard with your corrections, there's a 10-second window to preview your changes, and if you don't accept them in that window, they'll revert to their previous settings.

It may take a few tries to get it right, between not seeing the results till you apply and the controls not being as fine as some people may like, but it's more than we had before, and there's always room to improve it with feedback. Remember that, folks: the Android N developer preview is about giving feedback, so if you see something you think needs changing, say so. You can submit feedback in the main settings tab by tapping the menu button and selecting Help & feedback.

Android Nougat

Android N (currently in Developer Preview status) is now Android Nougat! It's the 12th nicknamed version of Android and will be released to the public in the fall of 2016. Here's everything you need to know so far!

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4 months ago

How to return from the Android N Developer Preview

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We've got the details on how to unenroll your device from the Android N Developer Preview

The internet got a surprise when Google released the Developer Preview of Android N a month ahead of Google I/O. If you were one of the lucky folks who had a compatible device, then you might have spent the evening checking out what was new and different. That doesn't mean that you meant to keep the developer preview installed on your phone indefinitely though, especially if you only have one device.

Thankfully, getting your phone back to the latest public version of Android is really, really easy. If you decided to flash manually, you'll need to head over to the Google Developers page and follow the instructions there to manually revert to the latest Marshmallow build. For everybody else, you just need to go to the Android Beta Program page. This is the same page where you opted in to the Android N Developer Preview, and includes info like the FAQ. About halfway down the page you should see which of your Nexus devices were opted in to the program.

Just to the right of a photo of your device model, there is a green button that should say "unenroll device". It's in the same place that the enroll button was previously. Once you've clicked that, you'll also want to confirm that you are unenrolling your phone or tablet. After that, you'll get an OTA (over-the-air) update in just a few minutes, which will revert you back to the latest public version of Android. Make sure you keep in mind that doing this will reset your phone and kill any data that isn't backed up, so before you install you should make sure you are ready to climb back out of the rabbit hole of Android N.

As you can see, once you are done checking out Android N it's quite easy to head back to Marshmallow. The big thing to remember, whether you loved what you saw or hated what you saw, is that this is just the beginning of what we're going to see from Android N. What were your thoughts on the Developer Preview? Let us know in the comments below!

Android Nougat

Android N (currently in Developer Preview status) is now Android Nougat! It's the 12th nicknamed version of Android and will be released to the public in the fall of 2016. Here's everything you need to know so far!

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4 months ago

How to stay safe and secure in WhatsApp for Android

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Protect your privacy in WhatsApp for Android.

Maintaining your privacy is an important part of staying safe online. Not everyone needs to see your profile photo or know that you are online right now. Let's take a look at how you can protect your privacy in WhatsApp.

How to change your last seen privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Last seen tells other users when you were last online with WhatsApp. Don't confuse it with Status, which lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp active on your phone. Think of it this way: Last seen is about the past, while Status is about the present.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It will be the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on Last seen It's the first setting in the under "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Choose whatever option you want.

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Last seen updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Last seen updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Last seen updates about you.

Note: If you turn off the Last Seen feature, it also removes your ability to see other people's Last Seen data.

How to change your profile photo privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

This setting governs who can see your profile photo, if you have one.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on Profile photo. It's the second option under the "Who can see my personal information section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users can see your profile photo.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list can see your profile photo.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users can't see your profile photo.

How to change your status privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Status lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp loaded and open on your phone. Don't confuse Status with Last seen, which only tells people when you were last online.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on status It's the third one on the list under the "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Status updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Status updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Status updates about you.

How to block a user in WhatsApp for Android

Did you meet someone recently and you added them to your contacts, but now they won't stop bugging you over WhatsApp? This setting lets you to block them from contacting you via WhatsApp. Unfortunately, they can still contact you other ways, but hey, life's not perfect.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on Account. It is the third option down from the top of the Settings screen.

  5. Tap on Privacy. It is the first option on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on Blocked contacts under Messaging. It is roughly halfway down the screen.

  7. Tap on the add button. It is a picture of a person's head and shoulders with a plus sign above their right shoulder and it is in the upper right corner of your screen.

  8. Tap on the name of the person you want to block.
  9. They are instantly added to your blocked list.

How to change your phone number in WhatsApp for Android

Changing your phone number is sometimes the only way to get some sanity back in your life. WhatsApp has a simple process for linking your account to a new phone number.

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

  4. Tap on Account. It's the third option from the top of the list and had an icon of a key to its left.

  5. Tap on Change number. It's the third option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on NEXT. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

  7. Enter your old phone number in the field provided.

  8. Enter your new phone number in the field provided.
  9. Tap DONE. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

That's all you have to do to change your phone number in WhatsApp. Pretty easy, right?

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4 months ago

Using messaging

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How to use messaging with WhatsApp

Manage and enjoy all of your messages with WhatsApp... For free!

If you've got a specific texting limit per month or you're going to be traveling a whole bunch, then there's really no need to pay a premium for every single message you send. With WhatsApp, you can text message, group chat, and manage your messages as you see fit.

If you're wading through the jungles of Borneo, you don't want to have to find Wi-Fi somewhere to look at a message your friend sent you describing how to effectively remove a leech from your thigh. WhatsApp lets you star messages, so you can pull them up quickly and look at them later, even when you're not online! Phone memory filling up and you need more space for other messages regarding the removal of blood-sucking parasites? You can delete messages just as easily as receiving them (well, almost as easily)!

In this guide, we'll show you how to handle your WhatsApp messages like an absolute champ, so that you're never like, "what's up, WhatsApp?" and, instead, you're all, "WhatsApp! Wazzuuuuuuuup!" I'm so sorry.

Here's a quick peek at what you'll learn:

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