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4 months ago

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

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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!

img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

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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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4 months ago

How to make and receive calls with WhatsApp for Android

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Call in real time to anywhere in the world and do so without having to pay by the minute… Or having to pay at all!

Sometimes, texting and video messaging just doesn't cut it. Maybe it just feels a little impersonal or maybe you just can't wait to hear a loved one's voice in real time, instead of some pre-recorded message.

WhatsApp still has you covered with their wonderful call feature. You can place and receive calls via an internet connection and it doesn't cost you a penny (except, perhaps, for data charges). Who you gonna call? You decide!

How to make calls with WhatsApp

There are two methods to make calls with WhatsApp. I'll go over both here, just in case you feel like switching it up now and then.

Make a WhatsApp call from the Calls screen

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Calls on the upper left of your screen, or swipe right to view your call log.
  3. Tap the phone button at the top right of your screen. It's the little phone receiver with the plus sign.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap calls, phone button

  4. Tap the contact you'd like to call.

    1. Tap the red phone button to end the call.
    2. Tap the redial button if you'd like to call someone you've called before. It's the telephone receiver on the right of the contact in your call log.

      Choose a contact, red button to end call, redial if desired

Make a WhatsApp call from the Contacts screen

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Contacts on the upper right of your screen, or swipe left to view your contacts.
  3. Tap the contact you'd like to call.

    Tap contacts, choose a contact, phone icon

  4. Tap the phone button at the top of your screen. It's the telephone receiver.

  5. Tap the red phone button to end the call.

Now you'll be able to call other WhatsApp users any time of day, from anywhere you can connect to the internet (just don't forget about those possible data charges). Pro-tip: call friends on the other side of the world and speak at length about how cool it is that it's 4:30 a.m. where they are and only 6 p.m. where you are.

How to receive calls with WhatsApp

You've been waiting to hear about your best friend who's just gone into labor and that call finally comes that the baby's here and you have no clue how to pick it up! Don't panic. We've got you covered!

WhatsApp calls come in just like regular phone calls, so don't worry about missing them if you don't have the app open.

Accepting a WhatsApp call

  1. Slide the green phone icon to the right.
  2. Tap the red phone button to end the call, as shown above.

Declining a WhatsApp call

  1. Slide the red phone icon to the left.
  2. Tap the message icon at the bottom of the screen to decline with a message.

    Tap and slide to accept, tap to decline, decline with a message

Voilá! You're making and receiving calls like a big shot. Always keep in mind that any time you use WhatsApp with your mobile data, instead of using Wi-Fi, you may be racking up data charges, depending on your plan.

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4 months ago

How to backup and restore your WhatsApp messages with Google Drive

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Wanna hold on to all of your WhatsApp messages? Save 'em! Switching phones? Take 'em with you!

Maybe you like to use WhatsApp for work because it's free and easy to use. Maybe it's just a convenient way to keep in touch with friends. Either way, you probably have some pretty important messages and media in there, and it'd be a shame if it all suddenly disappeared. That's why it's a great idea to backup your messages, photos, and videos.

How to backup your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive

Luckily, WhatsApp automatically backs up and saves your messages to your phone's memory on a daily basis. However, depending on your settings, you can also backup your chats to Google Drive. This way, just in case you have to delete WhatsApp from your phone, your messages will be safe. Just be sure to back things up before you uninstall the app.

Google Drive is a great way to backup all your WhatsApp messages. You can switch from Android phone to Android phone and you'll be able to have your messages and media follow you wherever you go. It's also a bit of extra insurance in case WhatsApp decides to one day crash beyond repair and you end up having to uninstall and reinstall it. Here's how to backup with Google Drive:

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu icon on the top right of the screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch whatsapp, tap menu, settings

  4. Tap Chats and calls.
  5. Tap Chat backup.
  6. Tap Google Drive settings to choose the frequency with which you'd like to backup your chats.

    Tap chats and calls, chat backup, choose frequency

  7. Tap Account.
  8. Tap the account you would like associated with the backup.
    • Tap an account in the list
    • Tap Add account to add an account not found on the list or to create a new one.
  9. Tap Allow.

    Tap account, choose an account, tap allow

  10. Tap Back up over.

    • Tap the circle next to "Wi-Fi" to backup over Wi-Fi only.
    • Tap the circle next to Wi-Fi or cellular to backup via Wi-Fi or wireless data, keeping in mind that you could accrue data charges.

      Tap backup over, choose connection

  11. Tap the box next to "Include videos" to backup video messages.
  12. Tap Back Up to manually back your phone up now.

    Tap box to include video, Tap Back up to manually backup

Now that everything's backed up, you'll be able to restore your chats every time you reinstall WhatsApp, no matter the device. Note that whenever you backup to Google Drive, WhatsApp also backs up to your phone's internal memory as well, which means it'll take up some space. If you have a preinstalled file managing app, or one like ES File Explorer, you'll be able to go in and make room if you need to.

It may be prudent to plug your phone in when backing up, as the first backup could take a while, depending on the sizes of your chats. The nice thing is that every backup you perform after the first one will be incremental, which means it will add to the current backup, instead of erasing everything and starting again or adding an entire backup over the old one, taking

How to restore WhatsApp chats from a Google Drive backup

Everything's backed up. Great! You've changed phones or have had to reinstall WhatsApp. Not so great. Now how do you get all your chats back? Here's how!

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Verify your phone number when prompted.
  3. Tap Restore.
  4. Tap Next when the restoration is complete.

    Verify your phone number, tap restore, next

  5. Set up your profile just like you did the first time.
  6. Tap Next at the top right of the screen.
  7. Tap Continue.

    Set up profile, tap next, continue

Now you can access your WhatsApp chats on any Android phone that has WhatsApp installed. All you have to do is sign in.

How to move your WhatsApp messages to a new phone using Google Drive

You're wading through the jungle in Borneo. Of course, you're using WhatsApp to keep in touch with family and friends back home because hey, it's free. Suddenly, an orangutan swoops in, grabs your phone, and crushes it into dust between its able hands.

No worries! You've already followed the steps above and are properly backing up your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive, so all you have to do is grab a new phone and move all your chats over. Confused? Don't be! Here's how:

  1. Add the same Google account to your new phone that you used to perform the backup on your old phone.
  2. Install WhatsApp on your new device as you did on the previous one.
  3. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  4. Tap Agree and continue.
  5. Verify your phone number, just like you did the first time you set up WhatsApp.

    Launch whatsapp, tap agree and continue, verify phone number

  6. Tap Restore to restore your WhatsApp chats from your Google Drive backup.
  7. Tap Next.

    Tap restore, next

And away you go! Your WhatsApp on your new phone is just like it was on your old phone. Thanks, Google Drive!

Note: This process isn't entirely foolproof and may not work every time. You may have to uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it a couple times for the restore to take effect. If there are messages you really want to save, you may want to copy them to a computer or some other device to make sure you have them forever. Also beware that continually reinstalling WhatsApp may result in a temporary ban, since you phone number has been recognized. In short, WhatsApp can be just a little fickle.

If you'd rather not bother with Google Drive, you can always save your chats to an SD card and transfer them that way. This is a rather complicated process, since you can't just simply move WhatsApp from your phone's internal memory to an external SD card; you can only move its data. So, when we say it's a complicated process, we mean it's more like a migraine, and we don't recommend it if you can avoid it. However, if you must, check out WhatsApp's "Restoring or transferring a backup" instructions.

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4 months ago

How to delete your account from WhatsApp for Android

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

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

How to delete your WhatsApp account for Android

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

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

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

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

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

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4 months ago

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

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

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

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

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5 months ago

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

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

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

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

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5 months ago

How to enable encryption in Android

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Locking down your Android is easier than you think.

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

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

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5 months ago

The ultimate guide to selling your Android phone or tablet

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So a new Android phone has caught your eye — maybe the new Samsung Galaxy S7 — and you want to get on the boat as soon as possible. You'll need to sell your old phone in order to make up some of the money you're spending on that new device, but luckily there are a wealth of options available. We're going to get you through some of the best practices out there for preparing your Android phone or tablet for sending off, and some places for sale that would best suit your needs.

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5 months ago

Tips and tricks for a better dock

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

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

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

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