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How to measure distance in miles or kilometers in Google Fit

How to measure distance in miles or kilometers in Google Fit

Google Fit is great for tracking everything related to health data, even if you just want something basic to track your runs. If you want to make sure your distances are displayed in the correct measurement, here's what to do!

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How to change from miles to kilometers

  1. Open the Google Fit application.
  2. Tap Profile in the lower-right.

    Tap Profile in the lower-right. Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right.

  3. Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right.
  4. Tap Distance.

    Tap Distance. Tap Kilometers or Miles.

  5. Tap Kilometers or Miles.

That's it! Now Fit will display distance in the appropriate format!

Our top equipment picks

If you're all in on Google Fit, it's worth getting a Wear OS watch to track your workouts right from your wrist.

The best watch for Google Fit

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

$250 at Amazon

The best Wear OS watch is also the best for tracking your workouts.

The Ticwatch Pro features a GPS tracker, heart-rate monitor, and NFC payments.

The Ticwatch Pro is a genuinely good watch even if you don't care about fitness tracking. If you do, it's even better. There's a GPS chip to better track your jogs, a heart-rate monitor for keeping your beats in check, and an NFC chip so you can leave your phone at home and still use Google Pay.

2 days ago

U.S. prepaid wireless guide in 2018

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U.S. prepaid wireless guide in 2018

Prepaid SIMs
MetroPCS
Project Fi
Simple Mobile
Straight Talk
T-Mobile Prepaid
Boost Mobile
AT&T GoPhone
GoSmart Mobile
Virgin Mobile
Cricket Wireless
Verizon Wireless

Prepaid SIMs

Sick of committing to annual contracts? Enjoy the flexibility of a prepaid wireless plan.

The days of being locked into a lengthy wireless contract are over, as there is a plethora of prepaid options that allow you to pay for your phone service on a month-to-month basis. We've taken the liberty of breaking down the top prepaid wireless options for you in this handy guide.

Check your coverage

One of the first things you should consider when deciding on a prepaid carrier is the coverage provided in your area. Prepaid carriers often have a smaller coverage map than postpaid carriers because of their limited roaming agreements, so it's good to re-check your area, even if you've used the carrier before. Here are the coverage maps for the carriers we will be looking at:

  • MetroPCS — Map
  • AT&T Prepaid — Map (make sure to check the Prepaid map)
  • Boost Mobile — Map
  • T-Mobile Prepaid — Map
  • Mint Mobile — Map
  • Straight Talk — Map (requires Zip Code, and preferred phone/carrier)
  • Cricket Wireless — Map
  • Virgin Mobile — Map
  • Simple Mobile — Map
  • GoSmart Mobile — Map
  • Project Fi — Map

MetroPCS

MetroPCS

MetroPCS uses T-Mobile's HSPA+ and LTE network, as it is owned entirely by the larger carrier. You have the option to purchase a phone through MetroPCS, or bring your own device that's compatible with the T-Mobile network.

Price

Plan pricing is based on how much high-speed data (LTE) you think you'll use on a monthly basis. There are no annual contracts, and taxes and fees are included in the price.

  • 2GB of high-speed data — $30/month
  • 5GB of high-speed data — $40/month
  • Unlimited LTE data — $50/month
  • Unlimited LTE + 10GB hotspot — $60/month

All plans come with unlimited talk, text, data, Wi-Fi calling, caller ID, call waiting, 3-way calling, and Data Maximizer, a feature that helps optimize your high-speed data usage when streaming videos.

Music Unlimited is included on $40 and higher-rate plans, which allows you to stream from over 40 streaming music services including Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and more, without dipping into your monthly high-speed data allotment.

Note that once you've burned through your allotted LTE data, you'll notice your data speeds fall to 2G.

How to reload

Log into the MetroPCS website to make a payment or set up Auto Pay. You also have the option to pay in person at a MetroPCS store.

AT&T Prepaid

AT&T's prepaid option lets you choose from a selection of phones specifically for their prepaid plans, or you can purchase a prepaid SIM card kit if you'd prefer to bring your own device.

Price

AT&T prepaid plans include unlimited talk and text in the U.S., as well as unlimited messaging to Mexico, Canada, and over 100 countries. For data, AT&T offers several types of prepaid plans:

  • Pay-as-you-go ($5 per 250MB) LTE data — $30/month
  • 1GB of LTE, with rollover data — $35/month
  • 8GB of LTE, with rollover data — $50/month
  • Unlimited LTE data — $65/month
  • Unlimited LTE + 10GB hotspot — $85/month

The 8GB and unlimited LTE plans also include unlimited talk and text within and between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, and allow you to use your high-speed data allotment from your plan when in Mexico or Canada. You can also save $5 per month on any plan by signing up for Auto Refill.

You can also pay $2 per day for unlimited nationwide talk and text or pay $0.25 per minute and $0.20 per text message. Data is available at $2 per MB (based on their stated $0.01 per 5KB rate), or you can add on a data package that gives you 100MB for an extra $1 a day.

How to reload

Pay online via myAT&T using a credit/debit card or eCheck, buy a Refill card (available online, at AT&T wireless stores, and at more than 200,000 retail locations), or call 611 anytime from your phone (or 1-800-901-9878) and follow the prompts for Refill.

Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile uses Sprint's nationwide LTE network. You have the option of buying a phone through Boost or bringing your own Sprint-compatible device.

Price

Boost Mobile offers four types of monthly prepaid phone plans featuring LTE high-speed data. Once your plan's data allotment has been reached, speeds are reduced to 2G for the remainder of the plan cycle.

  • 3GB of LTE + hotspot — $35/month
  • Unlimited LTE + 8GB hotspot — $50/month
  • Unlimited LTE + 20GB hotspot — $60/month
  • Unlimited LTE + 40GB hotspot — $80/month

Boost's unlimited plans come in different tiers; the $50 plan reduces media streaming quality with unlimited LTE everywhere else, whereas the $60 and $80 plans offer up to 1080p streaming. The Ultimate Unlimited plan included for $80 also includes bonuses like TIDAL Premium and international calling and texting.

All plans come with unlimited domestic talk and text (available even if you haven't paid for up to 60 days), unlimited music streaming with select music partners, call waiting, voicemail, 3-way calling, as well as the ability to turn your phone into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

How to reload

Pay online via My Account on the Boost Mobile site or sign up for Auto Re-Boost. Pay by phone by dialing #-A-D-D (#-2-3-3) and following the prompts to pay with your credit, debit, or Re-Boost card, text ADD and the pin on the back of your Re-Boost card to 7225 (ex. ADD 12345678912345), or text "PAY," the dollar amount, and the last four digits of the credit or debit card associated with the account to 7225 (ex. PAY 50 1234).

Alternatively, you can pay in-store at any Boost Mobile location.

T-Mobile Prepaid

T-Mobile Prepaid

T-Mobile's prepaid service gives you access to T-Mobile's nationwide network without signing up for an annual contract. You have the option to buy a prepaid T-Mobile phone, or bring your own device for only the cost of the SIM card.

Price

T-Mobile offers prepaid plans for individuals and families, as well as a pay-as-you-go option.

Individual plans include:

  • 4GB of LTE + hotspot — $45/month
  • 10GB of LTE + hotspot — $50/month
  • Unlimited LTE + unlimited 3G hotspot — $60/month
  • Unlimited LTE + unlimited 3G hotspot + 5GB data in Mexico and Canada — $70/month

All plans include unlimited talk, text, and data on T-Mobile's nationwide LTE network, with data speeds slowing to 2G upon reaching your monthly data allotment.

The only difference between T-Mobile's $60 and $70 unlimited plans is your data speeds when internationally roaming. The former offers unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada, but only at 2G speeds, whereas the latter offers 5GB of LTE.

If you'd rather pay as you go, T-Mobile offers a plan that starts at $3/month for any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts, with options to add a high-speed data pass with daily ($5/day for up to 500MB of LTE data) and weekly ($10/week for up to 1GB of LTE data).

How to reload

To reload your account online, go to T-Mobile's website, either through one-time payments or by setting up recurring payments. You can also call -A-D-D (-2-3-3) from your T-Mobile phone to reload your account via credit, checking account or T-Mobile Refill card. Refill cards are available to be purchased online or in-store at a T-Mobile location.

Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile is a T-Mobile subsidiary owned by Ultra that sells its plans in multi-month bundles. You can buy a phone from Mint or bring your own T-Mobile-compatible or unlocked GSM phone.

Price

All of Mint's plans include a 7-day money back guarantee, along with unlimited talk, text, and 2G data, international calls to Mexico and Canada, and mobile hotspot.

  • 2GB of LTE per month — $45/3 months
  • 5GB of LTE per month — $60/3 months
  • 10GB of LTE per month — $75/3 months
  • 2GB of LTE per month — $108/6 months
  • 5GB of LTE per month — $144/6 months
  • 10GB of LTE per month — $180/6 months
  • 2GB of LTE per month — $180/12 months
  • 5GB of LTE per month — $240/12 months
  • 10GB of LTE per month — $300/12 months

If you try out one of the 3 month plans and decide to stick with Mint, you can retain the introductory pricing by buying a whole year at a time — otherwise, there's a slight price increase.

How to reload

Sign into your Mint Mobile account online or download the Mint app on Android or iOS to renew your plan manually or set up automatic re-ups.

Straight Talk

Straight Talk Mobile

Straight Talk is a prepaid carrier that doesn't rely on just one wireless network to provide services to it's customers. It purchases the right to use other the towers of the four major carriers — AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.

Straight Talk offers prepaid phones for purchase, and also lets you bring your own device. But just because it offers service from four carriers, that doesn't mean you get access to all four at the same time — you get to choose between T-Mobile or AT&T if you bring your own phone, or Straight Talk may choose the right carrier based on your location when you buy a phone from it.

Price

Straight Talk has five tiers of wireless plans available for your smartphone starting as low as a dollar a day, as well as extended plans up to a one-year unlimited plan for $495.

  • 100MB of data, 1500 minutes of nationwide talk, unlimited texting — $30/month
  • 2GB of LTE, unlimited talk and text — $35/month
  • 10GB of LTE, unlimited talk and text — $45/month
  • Unlimited LTE data — $55/month
  • 10GB of LTE + international talk and text — $60/month
  • 3-Month Extended Plan: Unlimited talk, text, and data (10GB of high-speed data) for 90 days — $130
  • 6-Month Extended Plan: Unlimited talk, text, and data (10GB of high-speed data) for 180 days — $255
  • 12-Month Extended Plan: Unlimited talk, text, and data (10GB of high-speed data) for 365 days — $495

How to reload

Go to the Straight Talk site to reload your account via service card, setting up recurring automatic payments, or downloading the Straight Talk My Account app for Android or iOS.

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless

After being acquired by AT&T, Cricket Wireless has supported devices that use AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE network. You can purchase a phone from Cricket, or BYOD.

Price

Cricket Wireless offers five plan levels, from talk and text to unlimited data.

  • Talk & Text: Unlimited nationwide talk and text — $25/month
  • 2GB of LTE, unlimited talk and text — $30/month
  • 5GB of LTE, unlimited talk and text — $40/month
  • Unlimited data at up to 3Mbps — $55/month
  • Unlimited LTE data — $60/month

Any plans starting at $40 are eligible for a Group Save Discount when you add additional lines to your account. Save $10 when adding a second line, $20 off your third line, $30 off your fourth line, and $40 off your fifth line for a total eligible savings of $100.

Receive a $5 credit on your monthly bill by signing up for Auto Pay (not available with the Group Save Discount).

Cricket's unlimited data plans include unlimited texts to 37 countries, as well as unlimited calls, texts, and data to and from Canada and Mexico — though Canada usage can't exceed 50% of your overall usage for the month.

There's also a bunch of add-on features available for each plan.

How to reload

Log in to My Account on the Cricket Wireless site to pay your bill or sign up for Auto Pay, or download the My Cricket app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile uses Sprint's CDMA and LTE networks. You have the option of buying a phone through Virgin or bringing your own Sprint-compatible device.

Price

All of Virgin Mobile's plans are no-contract and offer unlimited talk, text, and 2G data, along with the LTE data you pay for. You also get access to Virgin's Member Benefits, including discounts on food and merchandise.

  • 5GB of LTE — $35/month
  • 10GB of LTE — $45/month
  • Unlimited LTE data — $60/month

Virgin's plans don't include mobile hotspot by default, but you can add it for $3 a day (500MB), $5 a month (1GB), or $10 a month (2GB). You can also add international calling to your plan for $5 a month — unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico, and unlimited worldwide texting.

How to reload

You can top up your Virgin Mobile account by buying a Virgin Mobile Top-Up card and entering it along with your Virgin Mobile number online, or simply pay online with your credit/debit Card or PayPal.

Verizon

Verizon Wireless

Verizon's prepaid option gives you full-access to Verizon's nationwide network without locking you into a lengthy contract. You have the option of buying a prepaid phone from Verizon or BYOD.

Price

Verizon offers monthly smartphone plans, featuring no annual contract, no activation fee, and no credit checks.

  • 500MB with data rollover — $30/month
  • 3GB with data rollover $40/month
  • 7GB with data rollover — $50month
  • 10GB with data rollover — $60/month
  • Unlimited LTE data — $75/month

Verizon's prepaid plans all include unlimited talk and text, but it's important to note that they don't fall back to 2G when you run out of LTE data. On the bright side, every plan includes mobile hotspot and unlimited international texting to 200 countries, and the 10GB and unlimited data plans include unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada.

How to reload

Reload your Verizon account online, buy refill cards, or pay in-store at a Verizon Wireless location.

Simple Mobile

Simple Mobile

Simple Mobile uses T-Mobile's HSPA+ and LTE network and offers options to purchase a new phone or bring your own T-Mobile- or AT&T-compatible GSM phone.

Price

Simple Mobile offers five prepaid plans, which all feature no contract or credit check, unlimited talk and text, unlimited international texting, international calling to 68 countries, and roaming to 16 Latin American countries.

  • 1GB of up to LTE speeds + hotspot — $25/month
  • 2GB of up to LTE speeds + hotspot — $30/month
  • 6GB of up to LTE speeds + hotspot — $40/month
  • Unlimited LTE data — $50/month
  • Unlimited LTE + 10GB hotspot — $60/month

How to reload

ReUp through the Simple Mobile website via credit card or pin. You also have the option to pay in advance with Stash, allowing you to add money to your plan when you have it, so you don't have to worry about re-upping when your service runs out.

Project Fi

Project Fi

Google's first foray as a wireless carrier only charges you for the data you actually use. Sounds great, huh? The only unfortunate bit is that the service is currently limited to to a handful of Google-approved devices. You can bring your own phone if you already have one of the approved devices, or you can buy one from Project Fi with some attractive pricing incentives and financing options.

Price

Project Fi's pricing is fairly flexible and straightforward. For $20 per month, you get unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts, mobile hotspot, and coverage in 170+ countries.

You pay for data as you use it. Featuring LTE speeds, you set your own custom data budget at $10 for every GB of data you use — but you're refunded if you don't reach that limit, measured down to the MB. Once you've hit past 6GB, you're no longer charged for the extra data, but you may get slowed down for the month after exceeding 15GB.

In addition, you can add up to 5 people to your plan for $15 each, though the threshold to reach unlimited data increases with each user, and you all pull from the same collective data bucket.

How to reload

Everything is controlled through the Project Fi app and website.

Updated September 2018: This guide has been completely revamped for 2018. Enjoy your bargain-hunting!

3 days ago

How to pair Bose QC 35 with an Android phone

How to pair Bose QC 35 with an Android phone

Did you just pick up a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones and need to pair them with your Android phone? You don't need to pair, but connecting the two does give you direct access to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Downloading the app also lets you personalize your settings on the go, so having it is a must. Here's a full step-by-step guide of what that process looks like.

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How pair Bose QC 35 with an Android phone

Before we actually begin the pairing process, we need to first download the companion app that allows you to set up and control the QC 35s from your phone.

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
  2. Search "bose connect".
  3. Tap the first result that shows the app icon.
  4. Tap the green Install button.

With that done, it's time to open the app and get these babies paired! Before you open the app, make sure you turn on the QC 35s by moving the power switch to the right so that you see a green dot next to it.

  1. Agree to the app's terms and tap I Agree.
  2. Tap Grant Location Access.
  3. Tap Allow on the popups.

  4. When you see your headphones, drag down to connect them.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Bring down your quick settings panel and tap Pair & Connect.
  7. Tap Pair.

Voilà! With that all done, you've successfully paired your Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones with your Android phone. Some elements may look slightly different depending on what phone you're using (a OnePlus 6 was used for this demonstration), but the core elements should remain the same no matter what.

Our top equipment picks

Best you can get

Bose QC 35 (Series II)

$349 at Amazon

Some of the best wireless headphones around.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) offers one of the most premium wireless headphone experiences you can find right now. It's super comfy, has truly excellent noise-cancellation, and sounds downright fantastic.

It can be difficult to find the perfect pair of headphones these days, but trust us when we say that the QC 35s are absolutely deserving of their high price tag. $350 is a lot of money to spend on an accessory, but if you're willing and able to cover the cost, these headphones will put a smile on your face the second you start listening to them.

3 days ago

Has the NVIDIA Shield TV been discontinued?

Has the NVIDIA Shield TV been discontinued?

Best answer: No. The standard 16GB NVIDIA Shield TV has not been discontinued, nor has any other NVIDIA Shield TV model.

Amazon: NVIDIA Shield TV ($178)

Despite rumors, NVIDIA Shield TV has not been discontinued

Due to a lack of stock in late 2017, as well as multiple GeForce forums posts, it was believed that NVIDIA first discontinued the basic 16GB Shield, but then changed its mind and discontinued the Shield TV Pro.

While there may have been plans to discontinue the Pro (many users just connect their own NAS for storage anyway), and it may have even been out of production briefly, you can still very much buy the Pro and three other NVIDIA Shield TV models right on NVIDIA's website, as well as from Best Buy and Amazon.

There are two NVIDIA Shield TV models to choose from

Not only is the NVIDIA Shield TV not discontinued, but you have three other configurations to choose from, depending on how you want to use it.

NVIDIA Shield TV

This is the basic Shield TV. It features 16GB of onboard storage, 4K HDR support, built-in Google Assistant, as well as all that streaming and live TV goodness.

NVIDIA Shield TV Gaming Edition

This iteration has 16GB of onboard storage and comes with a rumble feedback gaming controller, as well as access to the GeForce NOW beta, which is NVIDIA's way of syncing gaming across Mac, PC, and your Shield TV. (Yeah, Mac gamers can play on Mac without Bootcamp!)

NVIDIA Shield TV Smart Home Edition

This has 16GB of onboard storage, all the goodies of the original, plus it comes with a SmartThings hub and a SmartThings Link, which transform your Shield TV into a Zigbee and Z-wave smart home hub. If you're looking to build a smart home around your TV or you simply want an excellent hub, this is your buy.

NVIDIA Shield TV Pro

Despite much speculation, this version is still alive and kicking. It has all of the capabilities of the other iterations, but it has 500GB of onboard storage and the Plex Media Server built in.

Our pick

NVIDIA Shield TV

$178 at Amazon

Sometimes basic is the absolute best.

The OG NVIDIA Shield TV is the way to go if you're just getting into things. You can just buy the gaming controller on its own or even go for third-party options. There are also many ways to build a smart home, but to enjoy all that the NVIDIA Shield TV has to offer, the basic option is more than enough.

3 days ago

How to install Linux apps on your Chromebook

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How to install Linux apps on your Chromebook

Chromebooks have always been great at the basics like watching Netflix or checking email. Android apps brought a few more productivity tools, but Chromebooks are about to get a lot more useful with the addition of Linux apps.

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Check your Chrome OS version

Installing Linux apps requires your Chromebook to be running Chrome OS 69 or later. If you've had your Chromebook for a while and want to be sure you're on the latest software versions, here's how to check.

  1. Click your profile picture in the lower-right corner.
  2. Click the Settings icon.
  3. Click the Hamburger icon in the upper-left corner.
  4. Click About Chrome OS.
  5. Click Check for updates.

Your Chromebook will make sure it's on the latest operating system, and download a new one if necessary. When it's finished downloading, just restart your Chromebook and you'll be all done!

More: How to change your software channel on Chrome OS

Enable the Crostini flag

Once your Chromebook is updated to the developer channel software version, you'll need to change one of the Chrome flags. Flags are semi-hidden settings that let you try experimental features.

  1. Click on the address bar.
  2. Type chrome://flags and press Enter.
  3. Press Ctrl + F on your keyboard.
  4. Type Crostini in the search bar.
  5. You should see the flag titled Experimental Crostini. Click the checkbox, then select Enable.
  6. Click Restart at the bottom of the screen.

Turn on Linux apps

There are just a couple more steps before being able to run Steam and other Linux apps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click the Hamburger icon in the upper-left corner.
  3. Click Linux (Beta) in the menu.
  4. Click Turn on.

  5. Click Install.
  6. The Chromebook will download the files it needs. When that's complete, click the white circle in the lower-left corner to open the app drawer.
  7. Click the Terminal icon.

  8. Type sudo apt update in the command window. This will list the Linux components that require an update. Press Enter.
  9. Type sudo apt upgrade in the command window. This will upgrade all the components that were just listed. Press Enter.
  10. When that's finished, type y to remove excess files. Press Enter.

With that, all the necessary parts of the Linux operating system are installed so you can just install .deb applications from the file browser.

Download and Install an application

With the prep work done, it's finally time to install an application. Grab the necessary Linux installation file from your software vendor's site — we're using Steam for this guide.

  1. Once the installation file is downloaded, open the File browser.
  2. Click Downloads.
  3. Copy and paste the .deb installation file to the Linux files folder.

  4. Click Linux files
  5. Right click or two finger tap on the trackpad while your pointer hovers over the file name.
  6. Click Install with Linux (Beta).

The program will install, and when it's done, you can open it from the app drawer. That's it!

Our top equipment picks

If you're going to download a lot of Steam games or Linux programs, you'll want plenty of local storage. Google''s Pixelbook offers just that, as well as a slick design, awesome keyboard and trackpad and enough guts to keep up with your most demanding tasks.

The Chromebook for you

Google Pixelbook

$999 at Amazon

Google's own Chromebook is the best pick for hardcore Linux users.

If you're going to get a Chromebook, it should be one with the space and the guts for your favorite applications. The best keyboard, trackpad and screen in the business don't hurt either.

Any modern Chromebook running the latest software will be able to install Linux apps. But the Pixelbook will provide the best experience for a few reasons: the main one is storage. 128GB of internal storage just means more room for your favorite programs and games. And the other internal specs will be up to the task of running those programs and games smoothly.

Updated September 2018: This article was updated to reflect the fact that Linux apps are now available in the stable channel of Chrome OS.

3 days ago

How to completely disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy S & Note Phones

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How to completely disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy S & Note Phones

Get rid of the Galaxy's most disappointing feature.

Ever since Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 with its onboard assistant, Bixby, people have been asking for ways to disable it and forget the button ever existed in the first place. With the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, that chorus is even louder.

While the hardware's not going anywhere, we can definitely do something about the software. Here's how to get rid of Bixby Voice and, if you're using Samsung's launcher, Bixby Home.

Why do you want to disable Bixby?

One of the biggest frustrations with the Bixby button is its placement; the button is right under the volume keys and nearly directly opposite the power buttons. On larger phones like the Galaxy S9+ and Note 8, this often leads to accidental presses and unintended Bixby launches, especially when double-pressing the power button to launch the camera.

The Bixby button is also not mappable to another action; Samsung wants you to use it for Bixby, or not at all. This isn't ideal, so many people will inevitably choose to just forget it exists and move on.

Before you do anything, log into your Samsung account

Samsung is smart: in order to allow you to disable most aspects of Bixby, it forces you to log into your Samsung account. You were prompted to do this when you first signed into your phone, but if you decided to skip that step, you're going to want to sign in — even if it's just to disable Bixby.

  1. Press the Bixby button or swipe right on your phone's home screen.
  2. Tap next.
  3. Choose your Bixby Voice language and tap next.
  4. Tap Sign in.

  5. Enter your Samsung account credentials or Create account.
    • If creating an account, enter details, agree to the terms, and verify account details through email.

How to disable Bixby Voice

Bixby is divided into two distinct categories: Bixby Voice and Bixby Home. Voice is the feature that lets you get stuff done by holding down the Bixby button for a moment, walkie-talkie-style. It's useful but can get frustrating when it doesn't work, so you're going to want to turn it off before you disable Bixby Home (which is accessed by short-pressing the Bixby button).

  1. While on the Samsung home screen, swipe right until you get to Bixby Home.

    • Alternatively, press the Bixby button on the left side of the phone, right under the volume rocker.

  2. On the top menu bar, tap the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Uncheck Bixby Voice.

That's it! Now Bixby Voice won't bug you when you accidentally hold down your finger on the Bixby button. Next, we have to prevent the Bixby button from accessing Bixby Home.

How to disable the Bixby button

Now that Bixby Voice has been disabled, we have to disable Bixby Home from popping up whenever we accidentally press the side button.

  1. Press the Bixby button on the left side of the phone, right under the volume rocker.
  2. In the top menu bar, tap the Settings button (looks like three cogs).
  3. Uncheck Bixby Key.

That's it! Now when you press the Bixby button once, it won't open the Bixby Home

How to remove Bixby Home from the home screen

Now, the final step to disabling Bixby entirely is to disable Bixby Home access from the home screen which, by default, puts it on the left-most panel.

  1. From the home screen, hold down on empty space until the menu appears.
  2. Swipe to the right to reach the left home panel.
  3. Disable Bixby Home.

That's it! Now neither the Bixby button nor the Bixby Home screen will work and you can move on with your life, Bixby-free.

Should you want to access Bixby again, though, you'll need to follow these steps in reverse, first enabling Bixby Home from the launcher and then the Bixby button from inside the menu.

What about the Galaxy Note 9 and Bixby 2.0?

As of September 19, 2018, Samsung now allows users to disable the Bixby button the Galaxy Note 9 — sort of. You must be on version 2.0.36.14 or later for this to work.

Here's the deal: instead of allowing users to disable the button entirely, this newest version lets you change the activation from a single tap to a double tap. That way you won't accidentally activate Bixby every time you want to press the volume down button. Here's how to do it.

  1. Press the Bixby button. You should see the new Bixby screen.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu button in the top right corner.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Bixby key.
  5. Change the setting to Press twice to open Bixby.

That's it! While you can still use an app like bxActions to disable the button completely, or remap it, at least Samsung is now offering an official way to make your life less painful on the Note 9 and Bixby 2.0.

Questions? Comments?

Got any questions about this process, or just want to share your sheer joy at being able to disable Bixby? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated September 2018: This article has been updated to include information on logging into a Samsung account, and details on the Note 9 and Bixby 2.0.

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3 days ago

How to choose the default hard drive for PlayStation 4 game downloads

How to choose the default hard drive for PlayStation 4 game downloads

If you're in the process of switching to a new external hard drive you'll want to get all the memory back onto your original PlayStation 4. Or, maybe, you gave up on the idea of an external hard drive all together. Regardless, here's how you can get all of your precious save files back onto your PlayStation and reset your options to go back to automatically saving to the default hard drive.

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How to move games to your preferred storage

  1. Select Settings from the main menu of your PS4 Home screen.
  2. Select Storage.
  3. Press the Options button on your DualShock controller.
  4. Select System Storage
  5. Select Applications
  6. Press the Options button on your DualShock controller.

  7. Select Move to System Storage.
  8. Click the box next to all of the titles you would like to move to your default storage.
  9. Press Move and hit OK.

It's far too heartbreaking to spend over 300 hours finally beating Fallout 4 and then having to start over again, so make sure you get all of your existing files off of your external hard drive if you need them.

How to start using your default hard drive once again

  1. Select Settings from the main menu of your PS4 Home screen.
  2. Select Storage.
  3. Press the Options Button on your DualShock controller.

  4. Select Application install location.
  5. Select System Storage.

And, there you have it. Now everything that you download will go right to the external hard drive. If you ever clear out the main hard drive of your console or want to stop using your external, all you have to do it follow the same steps. The second time around just select "Extended Storage" instead of System Storage.

Our top equipment picks

If you're moving back to your default hard drive while you get a new storage device make sure you check this one out.

The best external hard drive

Seagate Game Drive

$80 at Amazon

Expand your gaming library for the PS4

For only $80 on Amazon you can add an extra 2TB to the memory you have available for your PlayStation 4.

The Seagate Game Drive has 3.0 adapters, meaning you can get the best data transfer for smoother gaming. But, if you're working off an older edition of the PlayStation 4, there is a backward compatibility for 2.0 USB as well. The slim and sleep design will match your device perfectly, blending in with the rest of your PS4 battle station!

4 days ago

How to adjust notifications for Google Fit

How to adjust notifications for Google Fit

While it's great to get notifications for your fitness progress, getting too many could make you feel like you can slack and slow down. If you want to limit your notifications from Google Fit, it's super simple!

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How to turn off all notifications

If you don't want ANY notifications from Google Fit, you can completely turn off notifications for the app. This is useful if you want to just check your progress at the end of the day to see if you met your goal, rather than be notified throughout the day.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications. On a Samsung phone, tap Apps.

    Tap Apps & notifications. Tap See all apps. Tap Fit.

  3. Tap See all apps.
  4. Tap Fit.

    Tap Notifications. Toggle the switch next to Show notifications.

  5. Tap Notifications.
  6. Tap the switch next to Show notifications. On a Samsung phone, tap the switch next to On.

That's it! You won't get any more notifications from Google Fit.

How to turn off notifications for activity tips

If you don't need Fit sending you tips throughout the day, it's easy to turn those off and leave other notifications on.

  1. Open the Google Fit app.
  2. Tap Profile in the lower-right corner.

    Tap Profile in the lower-right. Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right.

  3. Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right corner.
  4. Scroll down to Notifications.

    Tap activity tips. Tap the switch next to Show notifications.

  5. Tap Activity tips.
  6. Tap the switch next to Show notifications.

That's it! Fit won't show you any more tips throughout the day.

How to turn off notifications for completed workouts

It may sound counter intuitive, but it can be useful to turn off notifications for your goals. For instance, you may want to keep pushing yourself for the rest of the day, while knowing you already reached your goal may make you slow down.

  1. Open the Google Fit app.
  2. Tap Profile in the lower-right corner.

    Tap Profile in the lower-right. Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right.

  3. Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right corner.
  4. Scroll down to Notifications.

    Tap Completed goals. Tap the switch next to Show notifications.

  5. Tap Completed goals.
  6. Tap the switch next to Show notifications.

That's it! You won't get any more notifications for completing your goals.

Our top equipment picks

If you're all in on Google Fit, it's worth getting a Wear OS watch to track your workouts right from your wrist.

The best watch for Google Fit

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

$250 at Amazon

The best Wear OS watch is also the best for tracking your workouts.

The Ticwatch Pro includes a GPS, NFC for mobile payments, and a heart-rate monitor..

The Ticwatch Pro is a fantastic watch even if just want a smartwatch. If you want something to track fitness, it's even better. There's a GPS chip for your runs, a heart-rate monitor, a long battery life, and an NFC chip so you can use Google Pay without needing to bring your phone with you.

4 days ago

Can You Use Samsung Pay with the Gear Fit2 Pro?

Can You Use Samsung Pay with the Gear Fit2 Pro?

Best answer: No. Since the Gear Fit2 Pro does not contain an NFC chip, it cannot make mobile payments using Samsung Pay.

Amazon: Samsung Gear S3 ($269)

No NFC? Sadly, no Samsung Pay

Samsung's Gear S3 features the technology necessary for Samsung Pay to work. NFC stands for "near-field communication," which is generally executed by a physical chip that activates when devices are held within 4 centimeters of one another.

Unfortunately, Samsung didn't include said chip in the Gear Fit2 Pro, so Samsung Pay simply isn't possible with the tracker, even through firmware update. The physical requirements just aren't there.

If you want Samsung Pay, look elsewhere

If you really want the ability to pay with just a tap of your wrist, then you'll want to pick a smartwatch with the technology built-in. You'll very likely have to pay more, especially if it's a Samsung device, but if you want it, you want, and you have to have it.

Our pick

Samsung Gear S3 Classic

$269 at Amazon

You can use the Gear S3 to pay just about anywhere.

The Samsung Gear S3 is one of Samsung's best smartwatches to date, with a gorgeous screen, and tons of features. It has the great fitness tracking you want in the Gear Fit2 Pro, plus NFC and MST so that you can make payments with it at virtually any store!

4 days ago

Every problem we've found so far in the PlayStation 4 6.0 update, and how to fix

Every problem we've found so far in the PlayStation 4 6.0 update, and how to fix

While the 6.0 update was supposed to help with back-end abilities, there have been quite a few reports of things going haywire ever since people updated their consoles. Well, Android Central is a collection of tech professionals and we've found some solutions for you, so check out below to see how you can fix yours!

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Dealing with error codes (SU-42118-6), (CE-36329-3) and, (CE-30002-5)

  1. Go to your Notifications from the main menu.
  2. Delete the Update Notification and restart your PS4. After restarting, if there was no change, move to the next step.

  3. Plug your PS4 directly into an ethernet cable.
  4. Go to Settings from the Main Menu.
  5. Select System Software Update from the menu options and update via internet. After restarting, if there was no change, move to the next step.

  6. Manually download the Update File to a USB drive from here
  7. Make sure the file is saved by creating a folder named "PS4". Inside that folder, create another folder named "UPDATE".
  8. Save the PS4UPDATE.PUP file in the "UPDATE" folder.

  9. Connect the USB to your PS4.
  10. Select Settings.
  11. Select System Software Update.
  12. Follow the on-screen instructions.

These three error codes will appear when you attempt to load a game that connects you to the internet. Not only will you receive this error code, but it may even refuse to launch the game entirely. Following any one of these steps may help you get your PS4 to behave again. If not, try contacting support to see what they can do for you.

Manually updating PlayStation VR software

  1. Go to Settings from the Main Menu.
  2. Select Devices from menu options.

  3. Select PlayStation VR from menu options.

  4. Select PlayStation VR Device Software from menu options.

Not many people know that most of your PSVR software won't update on its own. After your PlayStation finishes downloading the 6.0 update, follow the instructions below to also ensure your headset equipment isn't mucking up either. If your PSVR games and apps are still giving you troubles, check in with customer support to see what they can do for you.

Errors using 3rd party software to download saves to transfer them via USB

  1. Wait for the patch to come out from the 3rd party's official page.
  2. Download the patch.

Each time PlayStation comes out with a software update, all 3rd party software used for saving and transferring game files always stop working. All the 3rd party software engineers that regularly maintain their product will always come out with a patch after an update so that you can continue to use it. If a patch is not released, it may be time to look for a new one.

No longer being able to use PSVR without the PlayStation Camera

  1. Buy a PlayStation Camera.

Everyone who was by-passing the need for a PlayStation Camera, for whatever reason, might be a little upset to hear this news. Before, you could go around a back way to avoid having to set up the camera when using your PSVR for Cinematic mode and other features. With the new 6.0 update, there is no longer a way to do this. (as of right now) Until one is discovered, you'll need to borrow a PlayStation Camera to hold you over if you don't want to buy one.

Errors when restoring a PS4 that is in 6.0 Beta

  1. Install the 6.0 update to both of your PS4 consoles via the instructions above.
  2. Go through the usual process of restoring or transferring your PS4 data.

When it comes to restoring to transferring data from one PS4 to another, both of your PlayStations need to have the same update on them. If you were previously using the 6.0 Beta, you will need to upgrade both of your consoles to the official 6.0 update since the Beta version is no longer available.

Game errors after updating to 6.0

  1. Hover over the game in question from the Main Menu of the PlayStation.
  2. Press the Options button on your Dualshock controller.
  3. Select Check for Update.

  4. To avoid this issue in the future, it may be best to set up Automatic updates. To do this, continue on to the next step.
  5. Go to Settings from the Main Menu.
  6. Select System from the menu options.

  7. Select Automatic Downloads and Updates.
  8. Select Application Update Files.

How to contact support

  1. Call PlayStation support between the hours of Monday - Friday, 6AM - 10PM, PST and Saturday & Sunday 7AM – 8PM PST at 1-800-345-7669
  2. Send a Tweet to @AskPlayStation.

  3. Check the Support Forums to see if your question has already been answered.
  4. Check the warrenty of your device.
  5. Put in a ticket for support to check.

Our top equipment picks

Of all the consoles you could have, the PlayStation 4 Pro is still reigning over all the options for a multitude of reasons.

Upgrade to the best system

PlayStation 4 Pro

$503 at Amazon

Currently the best PS4 console out there

The Pro features compatibility with 3.1 Gen1 USB ports for faster data transfers, 4K TV and the ability to use "Boost Mode" for your HD games, and 4.0 Bluetooth for better recognition to your devices.

With all the specs that are upgraded with the PlayStation Pro, it's hard to not want to upgrade. Not only will your PSVR experiences be significantly enhanced, but all of your usual games will run (and look) that much better with all the mode options. Performance aside, the PlayStation Pro is sure to have space and specs required to run all of the updates (including those in the future) with ease. On top of this, it has a 1 TB hard drive to store all those games and save files you hold dear.

5 days ago

How to sync your fitness band to Google Fit

How to sync your fitness band to Google Fit

Google Fit is perfect for staying on top of your fitness goals, but it can be cumbersome to always have your phone with you while on a run. Thankfully, it's easy to get Google Fit data straight from your fitness band. Here's how to sync your fitness band to Google Fit!

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How to sync your Wear OS watch to Google Fit

If you're already using a Wear OS watch, it's super easy to get Google Fit on your watch.

  1. Download Google Fit from the Google Play Store to the watch.
  2. Open Google Fit on your watch.
  3. Complete the initial setup.

That's it! Now your watch can be used to collect your fitness data, and it will be automatically synced to Google Fit.

How to sync your Xiaomi Mi Band to Google Fit

Xiaomi makes some pretty great fitness bands, and they work perfectly with Google Fit. Getting things set up is a breeze.

  1. Open the Mi Fit application.
  2. Go to the Profile tab.
  3. Scroll down and select Add accounts.

    Tap Profile. Tap Add accounts. Tap Google Fit.

  4. Select Google Fit from the list.
  5. Tap the Add Google Fit button.
  6. Sign into the appropriate Google account.

    Tap Add Google Fit. Select your Google account.

  7. Tap Allow.

That's it! Now Google Fit can get your heart rate and other data from your Mi Band.

Our top equipment picks

If you're all in on Google Fit, it's worth getting a Wear OS watch to track your workouts right from your wrist.

The best watch for Google Fit

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

$250 at Amazon

The best Wear OS watch is also the best for tracking your workouts.

The Ticwatch Pro features a GPS tracker, heart-rate monitor, and NFC payments.

The Ticwatch Pro is a genuinely good watch even if you don't care about fitness tracking. If you do, it's even better. There's a GPS chip to better track your jogs, a heart-rate monitor for keeping your beats in check, and an NFC chip so you can leave your phone at home and still use Google Pay.

5 days ago

How to enable spoken announcements in Google Fit

How to enable spoken announcements in Google Fit

It can be a bit distracting to have to check your phone to see how far you've been biking. Fortunately, it's easy to get Fit to just tell you your progress.

If you're spending the day riding your bike, it's natural to want to know how far you've ridden so far. But trying to open your phone when you should be focusing on the road is always a bad idea. Thankfully, it's not hard to have your progress spoken to you.

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How to enable spoken announcements on your smartphone

  1. Open the Google Fit application.
  2. Tap Profile in the lower-right corner.
  3. Tap the Settings icon in the upper-right corner.

    Tap Profile. Tap the Settings icon. Tap Spoken Announcements. Select how often you want the announcements.

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the list.
  5. Tap Spoken announcements.
  6. Select when you want the announcements.

That's it! Google Fit will let you know what your progress is, either through your phone's speaker or your headphones.

How to enable spoken announcements on your Wear OS watch

  1. Open the Google Fit application**.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Workouts.
  4. Tap Spoken announcements/
  5. Select when you want the announcements.

Our top equipment picks

If you're all in on Google Fit, it's worth getting a Wear OS watch to track your workouts right from your wrist.

The best watch for Google Fit

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

$250 at Amazon

The best Wear OS watch is also the best for tracking your workouts.

The Ticwatch Pro features a GPS tracker, heart-rate monitor, and NFC payments.

The Ticwatch Pro is a great watch even if you don't care about fitness tracking. If you do, it's even better. There's a GPS chip to keep track of your bike ride, a heart-rate monitor for the old ticker, and an NFC chip so you can use Google Pay without your phone.

5 days ago

How to change the quick settings in your notification drawer on Android Pie

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How to change the quick settings in your notification drawer on Android Pie

Make your quick settings shortcuts even more convenient by having what you want in place.

Everyone loves the quick settings feature on their smartphone. There will always be a short list of things we'll want or need to change often enough that digging into the device settings to do them becomes a chore so the "one tap" solution of a quick setting toggle is a lifesaver. Since everyone has different things they need and different ways to use their phone, it pretty awesome that you can set those quick settings up to best fit you.

Here's how you do that on Android Pie!

Pull down twice

You change everything about the quick settings from the notification shade of your phone. That's not obvious at first because like previous versions of Android, the notification shade has two stages. You pull it down to see the top row of settings and any notifications you might have, but you can pull it down again to expand the card and see more. You'll need to do that to make any edits to your quick settings.

  1. Pull down on the notification shade twice as described above to expand the card.
  2. Tap the pencil icon in the bottom right to open the quick settings menu.
  3. Long press any icon to allow you to move it to any slot in the quick settings lineup.

    • The first six icons are visible without expanding the notification shade with a double-pull.

  4. Near the bottom, you'll find quick setting icons that aren't displayed while you aren't in editing mode.
    • You can hold and drag these icons to add them to your quick settings card.
    • You can drag any icon there to remove it from your quick settings card.
  5. At the very bottom of the edit interface are quick setting icons added by third-party applications. These can be added to your quick settings card the same way built-in icons are.

Other important information

This describes the method to change quick settings icons for the Google Pixel and other phones that run the "standard" version of Android Pie. Manufacturers are able to implement a different way of altering the quick settings card so your phone might not use the same method. If this is the case, we'll have a separate guide about the process that you can find using the search feature on our home page.

Android 9 Pie

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} .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.cta .shop { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.cta .shop: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.cta .shop { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.cta .shop:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.cta .shop, .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.cta .shop { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.cta .shop, .devicebox a.cta .shop:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.cta .shop: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.cta .shop: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;} -->

5 days ago

Can I use a Galaxy Watch even if I don't have a Galaxy phone?

Can I use a Galaxy Watch even if I don't have a Galaxy phone?

Best answer: If you have an Android phone, even one not made by Samsung, your Galaxy Watch will work great with it.

Amazon: Samsung Galaxy Watch ($350)

If you have a modern Android phone, you can use a Galaxy Watch

In the past, Samsung locked its wearables to the Samsung experience. You needed to have a Samsung phone, and a fairly new one at that, to use its watches and fitness bands. The biggest reason for this was integration. Samsung has special software on its phones that only works when you have a Samsung account, and it's a lot of work to guarantee every phone would have the ability to run the additional Samsung apps without running into other problems. Instead of supporting the entire Android ecosystem, it was easier for Samsung to support only its own products. Since Samsung is the top Android manufacturer in the world, there was a good chance most of the people buying these wearables already had a Samsung phone.

But the Galaxy Watch is a continuation of some forward progress in Samsung's support of more than just itself. During the announcement of this watch, Samsung made it clear there was support for more than just Samsung phones. On its website, a terribly incomplete list of supported devices exists to show you it works with more than just Samsung phones. For example, Samsung lists the Google Pixel is supported, but not the newer Pixel 2. It also lists the budget-focused Moto G4 Play and Moto G5 Plus, but none of the more capable Moto Z phones which all work just fine with the Watch in our testing.

How can you be totally sure your phone works with the Galaxy Watch if it's not on this list? As a general rule, if your phone was released within the last two years you have nothing to worry about. If your phone is a little bit older, it may be worth checking our Forums to see if someone else has tried using that combination before making a purchase.

How does the Samsung Galaxy Watch pair with non-Samsung phones?

As mentioned earlier, Samsung uses special custom software to make some of its features work particularly well with Samsung phones. For the same experience on a non-Samsung phone, there needs to be a little bit of extra work done on another. On a Samsung phone, all you need to do is install the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app from the Google Play Store. This app gives you all of the basic connection assistance for pairing to the watch, as a well as a manager tool for doing things like choosing your preferred watch face and shopping for new apps to install on the watch.

On a non-Samsung phone, after you install the Galaxy Wearable app you'll be prompted to install something else. This app is called the Galaxy Watch Plugin, and its job is to handle all of the data syncing from non-Samsung experiences. Things like Google Hangouts, Calendar, Location Services, and anything else your Watch may need would be accessed through this other app so the Watch can behave the same way it would on a Samsung phone. This plugin also allows Bixby and Samsung Pay to function, neither of which work when paired to an iPhone because a plugin like this doesn't exist on that platform.

This Galaxy Watch Plugin app won't be seen from the App Drawer like the Galaxy Wearable app once it is installed, but it is nonetheless a vital part of making the Galaxy Watch work well with every Android phone.

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Watch

$350 at Amazon

A watch that could almost replace your phone.

It's a high-end fitness tracker, a powerful connection to everything on your phone, and even a little game console if you really wanted it to be. Samsung has stuffed every possible feature into this watch, and it looks nice too.

5 days ago

How to measure height in centimeters in Google Fit

How to measure height in centimeters in Google Fit

Google Fit is an excellent app for tracking all sorts of health data, including your height. If you want to change your height measurements from feet & inches to centimeters, here's what you need to do.

What's used in this guide

How to measure your height in centimeters

  1. Open Google Fit.
  2. Tap the Profile tab at the bottom.
  3. Tap Height.

  4. Tap the arrow next to Feet & Inches.
  5. Tap Centimeters.
  6. Tap OK.

With that done, you've successfully changed your height measurement from feet & inches to centimeters. If you ever want to switch things back, just follow this same process.

What you'll need

New and improved

Google Fit

Free at Google Play

A fitness companion that's finally worth revisiting.

Google Fit's been in a rut for years, but its latest update finally makes it worth checking out again. With a new design and two clear goals to achieve each day, it just may be the perfect fit for your needs.

Google Fit has been reworked from the ground up with a simpler UI, new activity goals, and more. The app's definitely worth a look even if you've been disappointed by its old version, and as you can see, updating your profile is now easier than ever before.

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