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5 months ago

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

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Google Maps history

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don't always want that sitting in our history forever.

Google Maps

There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we'll never go back to, and there's no reason to have it saved in the app's history. Though the real power to wipe this all out from your account lies on the web, you can quickly remove specific searches and locations that you've recently navigated to right from your Maps app. Let us show you how to do it.

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5 months ago

Finding your way around with Google Maps on Android

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Google Maps

Google Maps isn't just for browsing around and looking up restaurants, it's also an incredibly powerful navigation tool.

Google Maps

When you need to get from A to B (to C and D) with reliable step-by-step directions, it's usually a good choice to go with the Google Maps app on your phone. Whether you're driving, walking, biking or riding public transit, Google Maps pulls in a wealth of information to get you there safely and quickly, provided you know the right buttons to tap and settings to check.

Now that we've gone over the basics of Maps, we're ready to get into the navigation side of things. If you're ready to master Google Maps navigation, we're ready to help you do it — read along with us.

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5 months ago

How to use 'Glance' on the LG G Flex 2

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Back in 2013, LG introduced KnockOn, the ability to double-tap on the G2's screen to unlock it. The next year, the company followed up with KnockCode, a more secure version which allowed owners of the LG G Pro 2, G3 and others to secure their devices using a pattern of taps.

This year, starting with the LG G Flex 2, the Korean company's trying something a bit different. "Glance" is a feature of the G Flex 2 that gives you a small preview of what's going on on your device, without having to turn it on.

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5 months ago

How to share directions in Google Maps for Android

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Google Maps Direction Sharing

You've always been able to share a specific location, or even your own location, on Google Maps — but as of version 9.3 of the app you can now share point to point directions.

Google Maps

The process is extremely simple, and gives you step-by-step text directions that can be read by anyone on any device, whether they use Google Maps or not. And though most folks with smartphones sharing location information to another smartphone user will be better off sharing a proper Maps location, this is how you can share basic directions — read along.

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5 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use my phone just on Wifi without a carrier?

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This question just popped up in our Galaxy Note 4 forums, but it's one that we've seen related to other phones before as well.

We're all so used to buying a phone with intentions of using it on a carrier that we often don't consider what it will operate like without a SIM in it. Rest assured that your phone will operate just fine without active service from a carrier, leaving it as a Wifi-only device.

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5 months ago

How to save Google Maps for offline use

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Google Maps Offline Save

Google Maps puts a crazy amount of information at your fingertips, but that's really only the case if you have an Internet connection.

Google Maps

Step-by-step navigation, place searches and other advanced features require your device to be online, but Google Maps does offer you the ability to save one part of the experience for offline use. It's not the best situation ever and it's not feature-complete, but this is how you get some utility out of Google Maps when you happen to be away from a network connection.

It's handy, and it's easy to use. Let's explore.

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5 months ago

Ask AC: Why won't my alarm sound after the Lollipop update when on mute?

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Here's one from our forums that we've been hearing. A lot. And experiencing ourselves as well.

If your phone's been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop and it's using Google's new interruptions scheme — that is, All, Priority and None — you might find yourself selecting "None" and using it as a way to mute your phone. I've done it. I still do it. But there's a big catch.

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5 months ago

Updating your apps through Google Play

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App updates in Google Play

Keeping your apps up-to-date

Now that you have some great apps installed on your Android — whether you have just a few or have went wild and installed all the apps — you'll want to keep them all up to date. Apps get updated for different reasons. Sometimes developers offer new features or a new look to things, other times updates address pesky bugs that keep things from being perfect. Updates are important, and so is managing them on our end.

The Play Store app gives us a little leeway with how and when we update our apps. You can let things be more or less automatic and update themselves (apps that need new permissions are never automatically updated) or you can manually go through and inspect each update before it's installed. Both methods have their advantages.

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5 months ago

The basics of Google Maps for Android

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Google Maps

Google Maps is one of the biggest and best products from Google, and its integration and power within Android is one of the main selling points for many phones today.

Google Maps

But with a system this powerful things start to get complicated, and it isn't always obvious how to do the most basic things you want to do in a mapping app. Whether you're opening up Google Maps for the first time on your new phone or just need a refresher on the app you've kept on your home screen for months, we're here to help. Read along for our quick guide to the basics of Google Maps on Android.

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5 months ago

Using your Google Play wishlist

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The wishlist is a great place to stash things for later, but that's about it

Google Play's wishlist is something of an oddity. You can't share your wishlist. People cannot buy you things off your wishlist. Because of this, most users seem to think the wishlist in Google Play is useless, but they are wrong! Oh, yes, it does have a purpose!

You just have to ignore the name.

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5 months ago

How to keep Facebook's app from making those annoying sounds

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Facebook

Facebook has decided to have its app make all sorts of exciting sounds like "bleep" and "bloop" and "blop" when you do things. Like when you like a post. Or when you refresh the feed. Or when you leave a comment. It's annoying at best. (And heaven help you — and especially those around you — if you're on an already-bleep-bloop-blop-happy phone.)

The good news is it's easy to turn off — and you don't have to mute your entire phone to do it.

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5 months ago

Sharing app links on Google+

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Sharing apps

Sharing app links is easy — especially via Google+

Apps in Google Play are plentiful, and when you get right down to it, finding good apps can sometimes be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, or a diamond in the rough. And diamonds are awesome, so you should share them with your friends when you find them. Sharing them on Google's own social platform Google+ is a little easier than most other platforms, but sharing your apps with the world certainly isn't hard, especially when you're doing it on your Android device.

Time to socialize.

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5 months ago

Galaxy Note 4 Safe Mode: What you need to know

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Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a useful tool, provided you know how you got there in the first place

Safe Mode is one of those "features" that you're more likely to stumble across accidentally than seek out and use on purpose, but in either case it's important to know what it's all about. It's a very helpful troubleshooting tool to diagnose when you're having problems with your phone, letting you temporarily turn off user-installed apps. But even if you don't end up needing it for its intended purpose, knowing how to get back from an accidental boot into Safe Mode is also a helpful bit of knowledge to have.

Let us show you the ins and outs of Safe Mode on the Galaxy Note 4.

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5 months ago

Keeping your spending in check with Google Play credit

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Playing it up

Taking away your IAP keys

Google Play wants you to use a credit card for all of your purchases. And while that makes perfect sense, it's not always practical, especially on accounts used or controlled by your kids. And to that end, Google Play has a simple system you can use to rein in their — or your own — spending, and we know it works. How do we know?

We have kids of our own.

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5 months ago

How to use a Google Play gift card

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Google Play not only is the largest app store in the world but also a music subscription service, a bookstore, and a video store. Google Play gift card make an excellent gift (hence the name), but that's not the limit of their use. Since Google restricts underage users from Google Wallet, Google Play gift cards are the only way for your munchkins to purchase content. Here's where to find them and how to use them.

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