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How to use Samsung Health to build better habits

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Samsung Health makes building better habits easier than ever.

The hardest part of making real changes to your lifestyle, comes when you realize you need to build better habits. Whether this involves ensuring that you get enough sleep every night, or cutting down on your daily caffeine intake, Samsung Health can help you in this endeavor.

Use the Tracker

The first big way that Samsung Health helps you out in building better habits is by delivering a Tracker that you can customize. There are 11 different options for your Tracker, from a daily step counter, all the way to your daily Blood Pressure.

You can enable any of these at any time, and the only default tracker that you cannot remove is the step counter. Some of the trackers will allow you to enter your information manually, while others will need a compatible accessory to take a reading.

How to add a Tracker

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap Manage Items.
  3. Tap the toggle next to the habit you want to track.

How to manually input information into a Tracker

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap the Tracked activity that you want to input information into.
  3. Tap the plus sign to add information.

How to input measure information into a Tracker

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap Measure on the Tracked activity you want to measure information for.
  3. Place your finger on the sensor to left of your camera on the back of the phone.

  4. Wait while the sensor measures an activity.
  5. Set a status for more information about the activity collected by the sensor.
  6. Tap Save.

See your progress

After you've started to track your habits, the next step is seeing your progress towards better habits. To this end you have two different options. You can view your overall insights from the home page of Samsung Health, or view information specific to a tracked activity.

View your overall Insights

  1. Open Samsung Health
  2. Tap the green lightbulb icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Tap Set Up Insights.

  4. Type in a nickname and double check your information.
  5. Tap Next.

  6. Set goals that you want to track.
  7. Tap Next.

View Trends on a Tracked Activity

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap on the Tracked Activity you want to view Trends for.
  3. Tap on Trends to view a graph of information of that activity.

Have you tried Samsung Health?

The first step is building better habits is having a good look at all of your information. Between tracking your information, and seeing Trends in how these habits change from day to day, it's easier to see where you're doing well along with where you still need to improve. Have you tried using Samsung Health to build better habits? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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6 months ago

Essential Accessories for LG V20

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Gear out your V20 with these solid accessory picks.

We all have specific needs from our phones, but when it comes down to it there's a handful of accessories most of us will need to pick up no matter what. A case is usually at the top of the list. Then an extra cable or charger, perhaps. For the heavier users, maybe a portable battery.

So before you get too deep into more specific accessories, give this group a look to find a great starting point with the basics for your new LG V20.

Update, May 2017: Article brought up to date with the latest information and prices for accessories.

Ringke Fusion Clear PC Back TPU case

Ringke Fusion Clear PC Back TPU case

The V20 is a big and tough phone so you may be reluctant to toss a case on it, but if you want to protect that metal exterior when you expect to toss the phone around a bit you should have a case ready to go. Considering its size you probably don't want a big and bulky case, either, so we've picked the Ringke Fusion Clear PC Back TPU case.

Keeping things simple, this case has a hard plastic back combined with a shock-absorbing TPU "bumper" around the outside. You can get it in either all-clear or with a smoke bumper accent, but in either model you're going to get a solid amount of protection while also showing off the V20's design. It's also plenty cheap, starting at just $12.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I/U3 microSD card

SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I/U3 microSD card

There are so many microSD cards out there to choose from, and they all offer various value propositions in terms of price, capacity, speed and reliability claims. If we have to pick just one that you know lands right in the middle of the pack and offers good value for the money, right now we pick the SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB U3 microSD card. At under $50 for 64GB (to double your internal storage) it isn't cheap, but the idea here is that you're buy a fast, reliable card that's worthy of your high-end phone.

If you need something more specific in terms of higher capacity or a lower price, be sure to look at our list of the best microSD cards for Android.

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Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C cable

Anker cable

The LG V20 comes with a USB-A to USB-C cable in the box (a nice one at that), but the future is all about C-to-C. Whether it's for connecting to new computers, wall chargers or other phones and tablets, you'll want to have a C-to-C cable around at some point. Thankfully there are lots of good, cost-effective models out there like this Anker PowerLine cable.

The 3-foot cable comes in black or white and is just $8 — perfect for starting your USB-C transition, and making sure you're not relying on just the in-box cable.

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JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic Compact Tripod

JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic Compact Tripod

The LG V20 is packed full of excellent photo and video features, from its dual cameras to complete manual controls and hi-fi audio recording. It can do great things when it's simply handheld, but for the most professional-looking videos, long exposures and time lapses, you'll want a tripod. This compact magnetic GPod tripod from Joby does the trick. It has sturdy, flexible legs that articulate to wrap around objects and get positioned just right, and also has magnetic feet so you can stick it on metal for a secure hold.

It comes with a standard tripod head, so you can attach whatever phone clamp you like ... Joby's own is slim but relatively expensive, but there are many solid (and cheaper) choices out there. Take your pick!

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Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 QC portable battery

Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 QC portable battery

The V20 has a removable battery, but since replacement cells are specific to just this phone and require a separate charger themselves we're going to recommend you pick up a compact but powerful portable battery instead. Anker's one of the best-known names in the business, and its PowerCore Speed 10,000 mAh battery gets the job done. It's compact but packs plenty of juice for multiple recharges of your V20, and offers Quick Charge 3.0 support for the fastest possible charging of your phone.

The battery has a standard USB-A port so you can plug in the cable that came with your V20 but also any other cable if you need to charge up an older Micro-USB or Apple device instead. Anker's power delivery system will give the fastest possible charge for the device that it detects.

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Aukey CC-T8 Car Charger

Aukey CC-T8 Car Charger

Seeing a theme here? Quick Charge 3.0 is great, and if you're going to be buying new accessories for your phone you might as well get ones with the proper specs to get you charged up right. Charging in a car is a perfect example of when charging speed is important, getting your phone topped up while you're on a quick drive or keeping it from draining while you're using the screen and GPS for navigation.

Aukey's CC-T8 car charger offers two Quick Charge 3.0 ports, meaning you can keep your V20 topped up on one but can also have a backup for your passenger to charge up at the fastest possible speeds. For less than $20 that's a great deal.

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Anker Micro-USB to USB-C adapter (2 pack)

Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter (2 pack)

If you're coming to the V20 from an older Android phone, chances are you haven't stocked up on USB-C cables just yet. If you want to be able to use your old Micro-USB cables with the V20, you can pick up this two pack of Anker adapters. They're cheap and get the job done, particularly for chargers or devices that have integrated cables you can't easily swap out.

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6 months ago

How to connect an accessory to Samsung Health

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Connecting an accessory to Samsung Health makes tracking your progress easier than ever.

Samsung Health aims to be your one-stop-shop for tracking your health and exercise. While it contains plenty of features within the app to track things, you can also connect compatible accessories that will help you in this endeavor. Whether you're hoping to know what your fastest mile is or precisely how far you biked, you can do it all by connecting the right accessory. It's also an extremely easy process, and we have the details for you here.

Why connect an accessory to Samsung Health?

Connecting your Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch, or Gear Icon X earbuds to Samsung Health can definitely enhance how well Samsung Health works. This is because the app is actually set up to connect to activity trackers, bike sensors, smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and plenty more.

Samsung Health really does aim to be an all-in-one place for you to build healthy habits, and then track them. To this end, they've included compatibility with a slew of different devices you may be using to aid you in a variety of ways. Whether these are smart scales to check your weight, glucose monitors to check your sugar levels, or just an activity tracker to get the stats from your morning run, this is a pretty big deal.

This makes tracking your progress easier than ever.

Being able to have all of your health information in one place, and to see the improvement day after day and week after week may be the motivation you need to get serious about your health. While the devices that you'll be able to connect are primarily Samsung's own, you can see a full list of supported devices within the accessory page inside of the app.

Now one thing to remember is that if you are connecting a Samsung Accessory, you'll need to go ahead and install Samsung Gear Manager first. Your phone won't connect to your smartwatch if the Gear Manager isn't on your phone.

Once you have an accessory connected then you'll be able to track specific information without having to manually enter it into the app. This makes tracking your progress easier than ever, especially if you tend to forget to input information after a workout.

How to connect an accessory within Samsung Health

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap the overflow icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap Accessories to open the accessories page.

  4. Tap the Accessory you want to connect to Samsung Health.
  5. Tap Register in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  6. Tap Connect to pair your accessory to your phone.

Have you connected an accessory to Samsung Health?

Connecting an accessory to Samsung Health lets you keep better track of information like your run, heart rate, weight, and plenty more. This makes it easier than ever to track your progress as you try to get healthier, without having to think about it or constantly input information. Have you made the jump and connected your smartwatch, or another accessory to Samsung Health? We want to know about it! Leave us a comment below!

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6 months ago

How to move apps to your SD card on the Galaxy S8

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Samsung Galaxy S8 app on SD card

Save some internal storage by moving apps to your SD card.

With 64GB of internal storage on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ most people won't need to use their SD card for more than media storage, but if you're finding a crunch on internal storage you can move apps there, too. Not every app can be moved to the SD card, but if you shuffle a few around it could make a difference for you.

Thankfully, apps won't move to the SD card unless they know they can do so without issue. So long as you have a good SD card in your phone, you'll be good to go. Now here's how to move the apps.

How to move apps to your SD card

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down, tap on Apps.
  3. Scroll to find the app you want to move to the SD card and tap it.
  4. Tap on Storage.
  5. Under "Storage used" tap Change.
    • You'll notice that a majority of apps won't support moving to SD card. If there's no "change" option, it simply can't be moved.
  6. Tap the radio button next to SD card.
  7. On the next screen, tap Move and wait for the process to complete.
    • To move the app back to internal storage, simply go through the same process again and select "internal" in the settings.

Tap storage, change and then SD card

As noted above, you'll see that most apps can't be moved to the SD card. This is for good reason: many apps know that they can't keep high levels of performance when they're on the SD card, or need special permissions only allowed by being on the internal storage. If the app can't be moved, just move on and see what others can be moved instead.

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6 months ago

Subgrid positioning: why I keep coming back to Nova Launcher

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There are features on a launcher that keep you coming back.

Action Launcher has Quickdrawer. Aviate has its quirky app organization. Nova Launcher's got quite a few features that keep users coming back year after year, theme after theme. But beyond the ridiculous amount of launcher customization and the best damn launcher backups on Android, Nova has an ace in the hole.

And that ace is subgrid positioning.

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6 months ago

How to improve Alexa's voice recognition

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It's time to send Alexa to voice training school.

Out of the box, the impressive microphone arrays in most Amazon Echo and Echo-like products ensure your voice is clearly heard from across the room. Being heard isn't the same thing as being understood, and whether it's due to an accent Alexa doesn't quite process or some audio interference in the room, if Alexa doesn't get what you're saying, there's a relatively simple fix. Contained within your Alexa app is a tool to improve its ability to understand you, and as long as you have a couple minutes to spare and a quiet room that tool can make a significant difference in making the Echo, and Alexa, your best assistant friend.

Ready to send Alexa to voice school? Here's how you improve voice recognition!

Set your room up for the best results

Voice training is a process in which you are speaking predetermined phrases to Alexa so it can better listen to the differences in the way you say certain words. For the best results, the room needs to be completely silent. No music or television in the background, no one else speaking, and no chirps or beeps from your phone. Close any windows you may have open, and if you have nervous tic like tapping your ring on the counter you'll want to try avoiding that as well.

When you do start speaking to Alexa, don't alter the way you normally speak. If you try to speak with perfect enunciation when you normally don't Alexa will become trained to a speech pattern that isn't yours and it won't learn how you actually speak. Talk to Alexa casually, like your super casual robot friend that is always listening and can occasionally go shopping for you. It's not weird at all.

How to improve Alexa voice recognition

Setting up a voice training session is easy, and can be done differently for each Alexa device in your house if you want to personalize each one to a specific person. Go sit near the Echo you want to train, pick up your phone, and open the Alexa app. From there:

  1. Tap the menu button the in the top right corner.
  2. Tap Settings from the list of options.
  3. Scroll down until you see Voice Training and tap.

  4. Tap the downward arrow at the top of the screen.
  5. Select the Alexa device you want to train.

The app will now walk you through 25 Alexa commands for you to speak out loud to the device you're trying to train. Once you have completed all 25 commands, the session will be complete. You did it! From here you can choose to train other things if you have them, or you can close the app and enjoy your new and improved Alexa experience.

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6 months ago

How to turn off Galaxy Apps notifications on the Galaxy S8

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Galaxy Apps on the Galaxy S8

No, I don't want to hear about your promotions.

Having the Galaxy Apps store installed on you Galaxy S8 or S8+ alongside the Play Store isn't ideal, but it's the only way to update some of your phone's core services. What isn't necessary at all are its notifications, which can be useful sometimes but are often just promotional pushes you may not care about.

You can turn off the notifications for the app entirely, though, and it only takes a couple steps. Here's how to get it done.

How to turn off Galaxy Apps notifications.

  1. Open Galaxy Apps from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap on the overflow menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Tap on the toggle for Push notifications to turn off promotional notifications. These are the non-critical notifications about sales, deals and promotions from Samsung.
  5. Tap on the toggle for Show updates ... to turn off app update notifications. You don't necessarily need these turned on so long as you have "Auto update apps" turned on above it. Galaxy Apps on the Galaxy S8

With both of these toggles turned off, Galaxy Apps won't bother you at all anymore. So long as you keep the automatic updates turned on it will still update some core services periodically, and you won't ever have to open Galaxy Apps unless you want to.

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6 months ago

How to boot NVIDIA Shield TV straight into live television

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It's a TV box so it's not unreasonable to want to boot straight into live TV. Here's how to do it.

If you're using your NVIDIA Shield TV in conjunction with the Live Channels app for over the air television, then there's a strong chance that's going to be the first thing you want to see when you turn it on. But, like any other Android device, the first thing you see when you turn it on is the home screen.

But this is Android so there's usually a way around things to get exactly what you want. The same is true here, and it doesn't take much effort on your part to achieve this simple dream.

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6 months ago

How to use Multi Window on the Samsung Galaxy S8

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Make the most out of the Galaxy S8 screen with Multi Window mode.

Samsung has been offering a Multi Window mode for several generations now, and the Galaxy S8 with its extra-tall 18.5:9 panel takes full advantage of the feature. With a 5.8-inch panel on the S8 and a 6.2-inch screen on the S8+, there's plenty of room to scale two apps and use them side-by-side.

The feature offers significantly more functionality than what's included by default on Nougat, and although every app doesn't support Multi Window mode, you can easily see the ones that do from the multitasking pane. Here's how to set up and use Multi Window mode on the Galaxy S8.

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6 months ago

Moving from Windows Phone to Android? Here's what you need to know

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It might hurt a little, but if you're a Windows 10 Mobile user thinking of jumping ship to Android, we're here to help.

One of Android's most redeeming features is how open it is. You're forced to have some Google involvement. But the truth is, you can make the switch and still be all about Microsoft if you want to. After all, why should you give up the services you love just because you change phone platforms?

The sad truth is Windows 10 Mobile just isn't competing right now, and its future is unclear. Of course, we'd much prefer the opposite situation, but cold hard facts are impossible to ignore.

If you're looking elsewhere and Android is where you're headed, we have some tips to make the transition as painless as possible.

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6 months ago

How to get started with Samsung Health

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Samsung Health is filled with plenty of great features for you to utilize, but first you need to get set up.

When it comes to trying to get healthier, there are tons of apps out there that can help you in one avenue or another. Samsung Health, previously S Health, is an all in one app here to help you build better habits, and track the habits you already have. While there is a lot going on within the app, getting started is easier than you might think.

Create an account

The first thing that you'll need to do to get started with Samsung Health is create a new account or log into an existing S Health account. If you've ever had an S Health account, then you'll be able to log in and access all of your previous health information that was stored. If you want to start over or need to create a new account, that's also an easy process.

  1. Launch Samsung Health.
  2. Tap Agree to the terms and conditions.
  3. Tap Next.

    Open Samsung Health, tap to agree to terms and conditions, tap next,

  4. Type in your information to create an account.
  5. Tap Sign in.

    Type in your information, and tap log in

Set goals for yourself

The first thing that you should do after getting logged in to Samsung Health is set some goals for yourself. While there are plenty of specific goals that you can fine tune later, you get suggestions for the first few goals you set. These include counting calories if you're trying to eat better, a step counter to help your activity level, and a sleep tracker to help you get a solid amount of sleep each night.

  1. Launch Samung Health.
  2. Tap Set goals.
  3. Drag the slider bar to adjust the goal to where you want it.

    Open Samsung Health, Tap set goals, drag the slider to adjust the goal

  4. Tap Next to save your goal. Repeat this process with each goal.

    Tap next to save your goal, repeat this process with each goal

Fill out your Profile

The last big step of getting started with Samsung Health is to fill in the information on your profile. This includes benign information, like your display name, as well as entering information about your gender, height, weight, and activity levels.

Your profile page has all the information about your recent activities too. It's where you can see your personal best, as well as view a weekly summary that has a breakdown of your activity.

  1. Launch Samsung Health.
  2. Tap the green icon of a person in the upper right corner to navigate to the profile page.
  3. Tap on gender and tap to choose between male and female.

    Open Samsung Health, tap on the green icon of a person, tap on gender to choose your gender

  4. Tap Next.
  5. Tap the date you were born to set your age.
  6. Tap Next.

    Tap next, tap the date your were born, and tap next

  7. Tap and drag the slider to set your height.
  8. Tap Next.
  9. Tap and drag the slider to set your weight.

    Use the slider bar to set your height, tap next, use the slider to set your weight

  10. Tap Done to finish inputting profile info.

    tap done

Are you using Samsung Health?

Samung Health has plenty of tools to help you build better habits, but before you can jump into everything going on, you'll need to get set up. From creating an account to filling out your profile to setting your initial goals, this is an easy process. So are you using Samsung Health? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments below!

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6 months ago

How to make a backup of any app installed on your phone

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Finding old versions of apps can be tough, but backing them up yourself isn't!

While most of the time we're all looking for the best ways to back up the data from our apps and games, it can be pretty handy to back up the app itself, too.

Unless an app is pulled for security reasons, when you download an app from Google Play you'll always be able to download the latest version from the store. It doesn't matter if the app is abandoned or even if the developer made it unavailable; you always have access to the newest version if you ever downloaded it. For example, if you installed the original Flappy Bird game from Google play, you'll find it under the library tab in the My Apps section of Google Play, but a search doesn't show it and if an account that never installed it follows the link, they're told it's unavailable.

If an app is always going to be available through Google Play, you might be asking why anyone would bother to back it up. You'll find the answer in just about every Google Play review — because Android runs on so many different devices and has so many versions in use, it's not uncommon to see something about the "latest update not working". It's frustrating to update an app you use all the time and have the update not work as well as the previous version, then not being able to downgrade it because the Play Store only has the latest version. If you have the previous version of the app on your SD card (for example) it's easy to go back. That sure beats not being able to use the app while you wait for another update.

The best part of it all is that this is a lot easier than you think. You don't need any cables or to type anything at all. You just need a file manager app.

Not every file manager app will have the app backup feature, but several very popular ones do. I use the ambiguously named File Manager (it used to be Clean File Manager if you remember trying it) and I know ES File Explorer and Astro File Manager also have the feature, so if your favorite doesn't, you can just pick one of these to check it out.

More: Best file manager app for Android

If you dig into the tools part of the settings, you'll see an entry for backing up apps. Different file managers may use different terminology, but they all work the same way. You tap the listing, then pick an app from the file window that appears, then tell the file manager app where to copy a backup. This works for any app you downloaded and installed yourself, no matter where you downloaded it from.

It might not work for pre-installed apps. The short version is that it depends on which folder the app was installed to and how it was installed. If you see the app in the list the file manager gives you, you can make a copy of it.

Reinstalling an old app

This is super easy, too. Just open the file manager (any file manager works for this part) and tap the icon of the app. The installer window will open and ask you to enable unknown sources if you haven't already so you'll need to do that, then it installs it as normal. Sometimes you'll need to uninstall the existing version first (which will erase your data for the app, so look into backing it up) then install from your SD card or phone storage.

A few things to remember when you do this:

  • Don't expect support from the developers. You need to be using the latest version if you need the devs to help you.
  • Some online features can be broken. An update may have changed the way the app talks to the cloud so things might not work the way they used to.
  • You're not supposed to be sharing it. Even free apps are usually licensed to you in a way that says you're not allowed to share it with anyone else.

Hopefully, you won;t have to do this very often, but when you need to it's great that it's so easy!

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below or ask Jerry in the forums!

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6 months ago

How to add live TV channels to NVIDIA Shield TV

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Live Channels

With the right hardware, your NVIDIA Shield can show you live, over the air TV. Here's how.

If you have an Android TV set, then obviously live television is built right in; otherwise, it'd be a pretty poor product. But if you're picking up a set-top box like the NVIDIA Shield, you're not left out in the cold. With some additional hardware and a few spare minutes, you can have the same experience on any TV.

Here's what you need to know.

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6 months ago

Complete list of AT&T MVNOs

Complete list of AT&T MVNOs

If you're thinking of leaving AT&T's prices behind but still like its coverage, then check out these alternative carriers.

A mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is an "alternative carrier" that leases network coverage from one of the "Big Four" carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile). This leased coverage is resold to you for less, so you still get Big Four-level coverage for cheaper.

AT&T has quite a few MVNOs using its network, since it offers pretty wide coverage for 4G LTE data as well as calling. You have many choices, but the good news is that if you're bring your own unlocked phone over, it should work in most cases. If you're interested in an AT&T MVNO, check your phone's compatibility first.

You need to make sure that your phone has the following bands to work with an AT&T-powered alternative carrier:

  • 3G: 850Mhz (Band 5), 1900Mhz (Band 2)
  • LTE: 700Mhz (Band 12), 1700/2100Mhz (Band 4), 1900Mhz (Band 2)

Here are the MVNOs powered by AT&T.

AirVoice Wireless

AirVoice is a prepaid wireless service that only uses AT&T's network for coverage. Sign up is simple in that you purchase an AirVoice SIM, activate it, and choose from one of three types of plans: pay as you go, unlimited, or 30-day.

$30 gets you 30 days of unlimited calling, texting, multimedia messaging, international texting, and 1GB of 4G LTE data.

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Black Wireless

Black Wireless is an MVNO that simply aims to save you money. It offers unlimited monthly data plans, which give you an allotment of 4G LTE data, and then you get unlimited data at 2G speeds with some plans.

$15/month gets you 200 minutes or texts (or a combination of both), 200 international minutes with calling to landlines in 72 countries, and 500MB of 4G LTE data, with unlimited 2G data at 128Kbps.

$40/month gets you 2GB of 4G LTE with unlimited 2G data, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited international calling to 72 countries (you can actually only dial up to 10 unique international phone numbers during a 30-day period).

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Boom Mobile

Boom Mobile only operates on AT&T's network for business customers. For personal plans, it operates on the other three biggies.

Business plans start at $29.99/month, which gets you unlimited talk and text and 1GB of 4G LTE. Each additional line on these plans shares that 1GB of data, so you can up it to 3GB, 7GB, or 10GB, which can be shared among lines.

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campusSIMs

campusSIMs is an interesting MVNO in that it uses Puretalk USA's network, which uses AT&T's. It's designed purely for international students and has plans specifically tailored to their needs.

Every plan comes with free international inbound calling so that students can stay in touch, and campusSIMs even provides customer support in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

The base plan is $25/month and gets you 1000 minutes (U.S. only), unlimited texting, and 500MB of 4G LTE. $30/month gets you 1GB of 4G LTE. You can ship your SIM card to your home country or university campus.

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Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular is relatively run-of-the-mill when it comes to MVNOs: its aim is to save you money on your monthly phone bill. But it's been recognized twice by J.D. Power and Associates for its excellent customer service.

Plans are broken up into "Talk" plans and "Connect" plans. Talk plans start at $10/month and you're billed based on the minutes you use. $15/month gets you 250 minutes. To add texting and data, you need a connect plan, which start at $2.50/month for 300 texts and 30MB of 4G LTE. $10/month gets you 500MB of 4G LTE and unlimited texting, which is pretty competitive.

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Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless is pretty much the biggest player in terms of MVNOs that use AT&T's network. It has excellent plans, and that's due in no small part to the fact that it's owned by AT&T.

Cricket offers big discounts for multi-line plans — you can save up to $100/month. Plans starts at $30/month for 1GB of 4G LTE and unlimited calling and texting. $40/month gets you 3GB of 4G LTE and you're then eligible for the group save discount. You'll save $10 off the second line, $20 off the third, $30 off the fourth, and $40 off the fifth for a total savings of $100/month (you basically get that fifth line for free).

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EasyGO Wireless

EasyGO is actually powered by H2O Wireless, another AT&T MVNO. EasyGO, however, focuses on international calling and texting.

For $30/month, you get unlimited domestic talk, text, and multimedia messaging, 200MB of 4G LTE, unlimited international text, unlimited international calling to over 70 countries, and 200 any time minutes to mobile numbers in the Dominican Republic and mobile numbers and landlines in Guatemala.

If you need more data, it's an extra $10/500MB. Any data you don't use in the month will roll over and won't expire as long as your number remains active.

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good2GO Mobile

goog2GO Mobile uses AT&T's GSM network and Sprint's CDMA network to give you full coverage in the U.S. You can bring just about any device, but you'll want to be sure of your Sprint phone's eligibility first.

Plans starts at $30/month for 500MB of 4G LTE and unlimited talk and text ($25/month with Auto Pay discount).

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H2O Wireless

H2O offers a very competitive starting plan, which is $30/month for 3GB of 4G LTE data (unlimited 2G data thereafter), unlimited nationwide talk and text, unlimited international calling to landlines in over 50 countries (select countries include calling to cell phones), unlimited international texting, and a free $10 international talk credit (for the countries that aren't covered).

You'll even save $3/month if you sign up for Auto Recharge. That's $27/month for more than you get from most carriers.

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Jolt Mobile

Jolt Mobile has been in business since 1995 and uses AT&T and T-Mobile's networks. Its plans are far from competitive, offering a $25 base data plan, which includes unlimited domestic calling, unlimited global texting, but only 100MB or 3G or 4G LTE data. You have to jump up to $40 to get 1GB, and even then, it's unclear as to whether or not you're getting 3G or 4G speeds.

Unless coverage is amazing in your area, you can probably steer clear of this one.

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Net10 Wireless

Net10, owned by TracFone, uses all of the Big Four's towers to help with coverage, which means you get solid coverage for a little less than you'd spend going with one of the biggies. The nice thing is that, because Net10 uses everyone, you get to bring pretty much any phone you have.

All smartphone plans come with unlimited talk, text, and 2G data. $35/month gets you 500MB of 4G LTE, but an extra $5/month gets you 3GB, and you can save $4/month if you sign up for Auto-Refill.

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Pix Wireless

Pix Wireless is an MVNO that focuses on transparency, offering plans with no contracts, not activation fees, and no hidden costs. Up until now, Pix only used Sprint's CDMA network, but according to its website, it's presently upgrading and will start using AT&T's GSM network soon.

There are no plan details available for the AT&T side of things, but monthly CDMA plans start at $15 for 100MB of 4G LTE, 500 minutes, and unlimited texting. $30/month gets you unlimited talk and text and 1.5GB — a pretty standard MVNO plan.

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Puretalk USA

Puretalk is an MVNO focused on making your mobile plan easy. There are senior plans starting at $10/month and you can even save up to 20% with "Friends & Family" discounts.

For $29/month, you can get 1.5GB of 4G LTE, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited MMS. Family plans let you add up to three extra lines (four in total), and you'll save 10% off your total bill for the second line, 15% off your total bill for three lines, and 20% off your total bill for four lines.

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Red Pocket Mobile

Red Pocket uses all of the big carriers and has two basic plans to choose from. The first plan is $10/month and gets you 500 minutes, 500 texts, and 100MB of 4G LTE. You can then buy extra texts, minutes, and LTE. The second plan is $19/month and gets you unlimited talk and text, with 100MB of 4G LTE. You can upgrade to unlimited 2G data with 500MB, 1GB, 3GB, or 5GB of 4G LTE for $6 to $41/month.

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Straight Talk

Straight Talk is owned by TracFone and is that cell phone section you see at Walmart. It features the latest phones and lets you bring your own device, since it uses all four of the big networks for coverage.

Plans start at $30/month for 1500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 100MB of data. $45/month gets you 5GB of 4G LTE and unlimited talk and text, as well as unlimited 2G data.

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TracFone

TracFone has been around since 1996 and owns multiple MVNOs, which it operates on various networks.

Its cheapest data plan with a gig or more is $17.50/month for 1GB of 4G LTE, 750 minutes, and 1000 text, BUT you have to sign up for a 60-day term, so that 1GB has to last you 2 months. An extra gig of data is $10, which expires at the end of your term.

TracFone is perfect for folks who constantly travel to the U.S. and don't want to buy a local SIM or pay outrageous roaming fees.

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How to restore your apps and settings to a new Android phone

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Got a new phone? Awesome! Here's how you can restore your apps and settings from your previous device.

Google has always synced calendar events, contacts, Drive documents, Gmail settings and other account-related information across devices, and since Android 5.0 Lollipop the company started offering the ability to restore apps to a new device. With Marshmallow, the feature was expanded to include app data as well as system settings, with all the information stored in the cloud. Android 7.0 doesn't bring changes to the backup service itself, but Google has placed more focus on privacy and how sensitive information is sent or stored.

If you're using the Google Now or Pixel Launcher, your home screen background, icon and widget layout, as well as the folder structure, is now saved to the cloud, allowing you to restore your settings to a new handset and retain your home screen layout.

Where does all this data get stored? Google is backing up the app data to Drive, allocating 25MB for each app. Data used by the backup system doesn't count toward your storage quota. Meanwhile, developers can choose to select what app data gets stored in the cloud and you can opt-out of the service at any time through your device settings.

Here's how you can restore your apps and settings when moving to a new Android phone.

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