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8 months ago

How to use the YouTube app for Android

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How to use the YouTube app for Android

How do I use YouTube on Android?

Keyboard Cat. Muffins. Charlie Bit Me. Grape Lady Falls. Chocolate Rain. The list goes on and on and aren't we lucky that the YouTube app comes standard with just about every Android phone on the market (thanks, Google). So, how do you get to all these classic gems? How do you play them and subscribe to the channels you love?

Here's how!

How to search for videos

You can search for videos by keyword, topic, title, channel, whatever. Just type in what you want to find and away you go!

You can also find videos under the home (the little house button), trending (the fire button), and subscriptions (the play button with tabs behind it) tabs.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search button in the upper right corner of your screen. It looks like magnifying glass.
  3. Type in your search.
  4. Tap the search button on the bottom right of your keyboard. It's the magnifying glass.
  5. Tap on a video to view it.

    Launch YouTube, tap the search button, type in your search, tap the search button, tap the video

How to control video playback

Once you search for a video and tap on it, it'll play automatically. You can easily control playback using the play bar. Here's how:

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Search for the video you want to watch.
  3. Tap the video to play it. Turn your phone or tablet on its side to view the video in fullscreen. You can also tap the fullscreen button on the bottom right corner of the video. It looks like a broken square.

    Launch YouTube, find the video, tap it to play it

Playback controls

  • Tap the video area to bring up the play controls. Don't tap the center if you don't want to pause.
  • Tap the center of the video to play or pause.
  • Tap and drag along the play bar to scrub through the video.
  • Tap the next button or previous button to skip to the next video in the list or to go back to the video you were watching before.

    Playback controls

How to change video quality

If you're trying to save on data or you prefer all of your video in as high definition as possible, you can raise or lower the video quality at will.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video you want to watch.
  3. Tap the more button on the top right of the video pane. It looks like three vertical dots. You may have to tap the video to bring up the playback controls.
  4. Tap Quality.
  5. Tap a resolution in the list.

    Ta the more button, tap Quality, tap a resolution

Setting a lower resolution can help reduce the amount of data you use while streaming on a cellular signal. Some videos may not have certain resolutions available.

How to enable/disable captions

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video you want to watch.
  3. Tap the more button on the top right of the video pane. It looks like three vertical dots. You may have to tap the video to bring up the playback controls.
  4. Tap Captions.
  5. Tap a language if there are more than one available or tap Turn off if you don't want them on.

    Tap the more button, tap Captions, tap a language

How to create a YouTube account

If you want to like, comment, or subscribe on YouTube, you'll need to sign up for a YouTube account if you haven't already. Good news: If you have a Google account, you already have a YouTube account and need only sign in!

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the top right of your screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Sign In.
  4. Tap the add button (plus sign) next to Accounts. Alternatively, tap the account you want to sign in with and you'll be signed in with your password.

    Tap the more button, tap Sign In, tap the add button

  5. Enter your email address and tap Next.
  6. Enter a password and tap Next.
  7. Tap Accept.

    Enter your email address, enter a password and tap Next, tap Accept

You'll be automatically signed in to YouTube with your new account.

How to subscribe to a YouTube channel

If you find a video you really like and want more from that YouTuber, you can subscribe to their channel. You'll need an account and then you'll receive a notification every time that channel uploads a new video.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video or channel from the YouTuber to whom you'd like to subscribe.
  3. Tap the red subscribe button. It'll be the word "Subscribe" with a red play button next to it.

    Launch YouTube, find the video or channel you want to subscribe to, tap Subscribe

How to share a YouTube video

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Find the video or channel you'd like to share.
  3. Tap the share button on the upper right of your screen. It's the curved arrow.
  4. Tap a sharing method. You can share via message, email, Facebook, and just about anything else you can share with.
  5. Share as you would normally in whatever method you choose.

    Launch YouTube, find the video or channel you want to share, tap the share button, tap a sharing method, share

How to create playlists

You can add videos to a playlist while watching a video or you can add them from their thumbnails.

How to add videos to a playlist from the thumbnail

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Search for videos you'd like to add to your playlist.
  3. Tap the more button on the side of a video thumbnail. It's the three vertical dots.
  4. Tap Add to playlist.
  5. Tap Create new playlist.

    Tap the more button, tap Add to playlist, tap Create playlist

  6. Type a title for your playlist.
  7. Tap OK.

    Name your playlist, tap OK

The next time you add a video to that playlist, the name of the playlist will appear under **Add to watch later.

How to add the video you're watching to a playlist

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Search for videos you'd like to add to your playlist.
  3. Tap the video pane while watching the video.
  4. Tap the add to play list button. It looks like a list with a + on it.
  5. Tap Create new playlist.
  6. Type a name for your new playlist.
  7. Tap OK.

    Tap the add to playlist button, tap Add to playlist, tap Create playlist, name your playlist, tap OK

When you add a new video to a playlist, the name of the playlist you've created will appear in the choices.

How to cast YouTube to your TV with Chromecast

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the cast button. It looks like a box with the Wi-Fi symbol in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap a device. It could be your television, and Android TV box, or some other media streaming device.
  4. Tap a video to play it or add it to the queue.

    Tap the cast button, tap a device, tap a video to play or add it to the queue

You'll know your phone or tablet is ready to cast when the case button turns white in the middle.

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8 months ago

How to factory reset an Android phone

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How do I factory reset my Android phone?

There are a number of reasons why you might need to factory reset your Android phone. Maybe your phone is overloaded with apps and running slow, or you've downloaded a recent update and it's causing problems with your phone's functionality. Or maybe you want to reset to the factory settings because you're selling your phone (you should always do this when selling an old device, by the way).

Whatever the reason, here's how to factory reset your Android phone through the phone settings or from the bootloader if your phone is not properly booting up at all. Given how many different makes and models of Android devices there are, we'll be using the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P as our examples, though the process should be fairly similar across the board.

WARNING: Performing a factory reset will completely erase all your data off the phone. If you haven't backed up your contacts, pictures, videos, documents and anything else (preferably in the cloud, but absolutely somewhere else), you will be sorry you didn't do so. Consider yourself warned.

How to factory reset your phone from the settings menu

The easiest way to factory reset your phone is through the settings menu. The location of the factory reset option might vary slightly based on the exact phone you're using, but once you've found the "back up and reset" menu, you should be in the clear.

On a Nexus 6P

  1. Tap the Settings icon from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu.
  3. Tap Backup & reset.

  4. Tap Factory data reset.

  5. Tap Reset phone.
  6. Tap Erase everything.

Your phone will reboot and you'll have to go through the initial start up again before you're able to restore your data from wherever you backed it up.

On a Samsung Galaxy S7

  1. Tap the Settings icon from your home screen or app drawer
  2. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu.
  3. Tap Backup and reset.
  4. Swipe up to scroll down

  5. Tap Factory data reset.

  6. Tap Reset phone.
  7. Tap Erase everything.

Your phone will reboot and you'll have to go through the initial start up again before you're able to restore your data.

How to factory reset your phone with hardware buttons

If your phone is running into some issues and you're unable to boot it up properly, you're going to need to go into Android recovery mode. To do so, you'll typically need to start up your phone while holding down a Volume button and the Power button. The exact button combination will depend on the brand of phone you're using. From there, it's simply a matter of using the Volume buttons to scroll through the menu to find the factory reset option, then press the Power button to select.

On a Nexus 6P

  1. If your phone is on, power it off.
  2. Hold down the Power button and Volume down button. Instead of booting up normally, you'll see "Start" in an arrow pointed at the power button. Here you use the Volume buttons to scroll and the Power button to select an option
  3. Press the Volume down button until you've highlighted Recovery mode.
  4. Press the Power Button to start recovery mode.
  5. When your phone reloads, you should see a screen that says "No command" with an android robot in distress. Press and hold the power button, then press the volume up button once to load up the reboot menu.
  6. Using the Volume buttons to scroll through the menu, highlight Wipe data/factory reset.
  7. Press the Power button to select.
  8. Highlight and select Yes to confirm the reset.
  9. Once the reset is complete, you will be bounced back to the same recovery mode menu. Press the Power button to select Reboot system now.

Your phone will power on and be reset to its factory settings. The next time you turn the phone on, you will go through the initial setup process as if it were a brand new phone. Once set up, you can go about restoring your data from wherever you had it backed up.

On a Samsung Galaxy S7

  1. If your phone is on, power it off.
  2. Hold down the Power button, Volume up button, and Home button simultaneously. The phone will boot into recovery mode.
  3. Use the Volume buttons to scroll through the menu.
  4. Highlight Wipe data/factory reset.
  5. Press the Power button to select.
  6. Highlight and select Yes to confirm the reset.
  7. Once the reset is complete, you will be bounced back to the same recovery mode menu. Press the Power button to select Reboot system now.

Your phone will power on and be reset to its factory settings. The next time you turn the phone on, you will go through the initial setup process as if it were a brand new phone. Once set up, you can go about restoring your data from wherever you had it backed up.

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8 months ago

How to change your Google Calendar view, change the color of events, and return to today's date

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It's super easy to adjust your view from within Google Calendar.

Google Calendar is one of the easiest ways to keep track of all the moving parts in your life, from upcoming birthdays to meetings you need to attend. Now the default view on Calendar will show you your schedule, and what you've got coming up next. Sometimes you want to check on things further out on your schedule though, and for that you may want to change your calendar view.

That includes changing the color of events so that they pop out when you take a quick look at your schedule. We've also got the details on quickly returning to today's date with just a tap, so you can ensure you're always looking in the right place. Thankfully Google has made this really easy, and we've got all the details for you here.

How to change your Calendar view

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Tap the Overflow icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  3. Choose from the list which view you would like to use.

Change a color in Calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Open the event that you want to edit.
  3. Tap the blue pencil icon to edit the event.

  4. Scroll down and tap on Default color.
  5. Tap the new color you want for your event.

How to quickly return to today's date

  1. Finish whatever you are doing on a future or past date.
  2. Tap the calendar icon at the top of the screen.

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8 months ago

How to enable VoLTE on the Galaxy Note 7

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How do I enable VoLTE on the Galaxy Note 7?

VoLTE is an underrated feature in smartphones today, especially if you make a lot of phone calls. The Galaxy Note 7 supports VoLTE, but depending on your carrier it may not be turned on by default. Here's how to enable it.

How to enable VoLTE on the Galaxy Note 7

  1. From the home screen or app launcher, open the Dialer.
  2. On the top right, tap the three-dot menu button.
  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap on VoLTE.
  5. Make sure that Use VoLTE when available is checked.

Note: Not all Galaxy Note 7 variants will have this feature in the same place, and may not have it at all if VoLTe isn't supported by the carrier.

More: Best Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks

Anything else?

The Galaxy Note 7 has great phone call quality from either 3G or LTE, but if your carrier supports VoLTE it's a big improvement. How's your experience been with VoLTE or HD Voice on the Galaxy Note 7?

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8 months ago

How to add a goal to Google Calendar

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Adding a goal in Google Calendar can help to keep you on track.

Plenty of us already use Google Calendar to keep track of the many different parts of our lives. On top of making events and reminders, you can also set goals for yourself. These include goals for exercising, work, friends, and plenty more. We've got the details for you here on how to set one up.

Set a goal in Google Calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Tap the red plus icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  3. Tap the blue flag icon to add a goal.

  4. Tap to choose what type of activity goal you want to set. You will be show a preset list of goals based on the type of activity.
  5. Tap an item from the list, or alternatively you can tap Custom... to add your own goal.
  6. Tap to chose the frequency of reminders to complete your goal (options range from weekly to daily).

  7. Tap to set the duration for your activity.
  8. Tap to choose the best time of day for completing your goal.
  9. Tap the checkmark to confirm your goal settings.

Google Calendars will now automatically find time in your schedule for the upcoming month based on on the parameters you set and add them as special events to your daily schedules.

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9 months ago

How to copy music to your Android phone

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How to copy music to your Android phone

How do I put music on my Android phone?

Most phones now have storage capacities that lend themselves nicely to holding all of your favorite tunes. If your phone has a microSD card slot, even better! You can usually transfer your music right onto the card.

Here's how to copy your music onto your Android phone using either Windows or Mac!

How to copy music from your Mac onto your Android phone using Android File Transfer

Once you've downloaded Android File Transfer, just plug your phone into your Mac via USB.

  1. Launch Android File Transfer from the Finder or your Dock.
  2. Open a Finder window and open the folder in which your music is contained.
  3. Click either Phone or SD Card, depending on where you'd like to transfer your music to. If your phone doesn't have a microSD slot, then you won't have to SD Card option.
  4. Drag and drop individual music files or entire folders onto Android File Transfer.

    Launch Android File Transfer, open a Finder window, click either Phone or SD Card, drag and drop music files or folders

That's all there is to it, but be careful: If you try to transfer too many files at once, Android File Transfer will likely just crap out and stop party-way through. Keep your transfers to batches under 1GB.

How to transfer music from your computer to your Android phone wirelessly using AirDroid

If you prefer to go the cableless route (which is probably a good idea if your alternative is Android File Transfer) then AirDroid is where it's at. It works for both Mac and PC, so just download it and set it up!

  1. Launch AirDroid from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Sign in or Sign up.
  3. Enter your email address and a password.
  4. Tap Sign in.
  5. Tap Enable if you'd like to see the app notifications on your computer in real time. Otherwise, tap Later.

    Tap Sign In or Sign Up, enter you email address and a password, tap Sign In, tap Enable or Later

  6. On your Mac, go to http://web.airdroid.com. Alternativey, you can download the desktop client.
  7. Enter your email address and password and click Sign in.
  8. If prompted, click the device you'd like to transfer music to and click OK. You should then receive a notification on your phone that AirDroid is connected.

    Enter your email address and password and click Sign in, click the device you want to transfer files to if more than one shows up

  9. Click the Music button on the bottom left of the AirDroid options. A window will appear.
  10. Click Upload.

    Click Music, click Upload

  11. Click to open a Finder window.
  12. Drag and drop music files or folders as you please.

    Open a Finder windows, drag and drop music files and folders

You can drop as many files as you like; you just can't select whether your music is stored on your phone or SD card. It'll automatically be stored on your phone, though if your phone has the function, you'll be able to move your music onto your SD card.

How to transfer music from your Windows PC to your Android phone

PCs make life quite a bit easier in that they recognize your Android phone as a USB device and so long as your phone is in the right USB mode, copying music is as simple as connecting, dragging, dropping, done.

  1. Plug your phone into your PC via USB.
  2. On your phone, tap the USB notification.
  3. Tap the circle next to Transfer files (MTP). The File Explorer will automatically launch.

    Tap the USB notification, tap the circle next to Transfer files (MTP)

  4. Launch another File Explorer window from your taskbar.
  5. Find the music files you would like to copy to your phone.
  6. Drag the music files to your phone and to either the internal storage or the SD card, if you have one and release them.

    Launch another File Explorer window from the taskbar, find the music files you want to copy to your phone, drag and drop the music files to your phone's internal storage or SD card if you have one

Your turn!

How do you copy music files to your Android phone or tablet? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 months ago

How to pair Bluetooth headphones with your Android phone

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How to pair Bluetooth headphones with your Android phone

How do I pair Bluetooth headphones on Android?

With Apple getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new iPhone, there has been some speculation as to what's next for Android. Luckily, there is no one, proprietary port that could replace the headphone jack on Android phones… For now. So, whether you want to future-proof yourself or you just want the convenience of wireless headphones, getting a pair of Bluetooth cans isn't a bad idea at all.

All you have to do is pair them with your Android phone and away you go. Here's how!

How to pair Bluetooth headphones to your Android phone

Whether you have a Samsung device or something a little more "pure Android", the process is pretty much the same.

Before you get started, turn on your headphones and make sure they're in pairing mode. Instructions will come with the headphones.

  1. Launch Settings from the Notification Shade, your home screen, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the switch to turn Bluetooth on.
  4. Tap the headphones under Available devices.

    Tap Bluetooth, tap the switch to turn it on, tap your headphones in the list of available devices

Your headphones should automatically pair. For some headphones, you may have to hold a pair button during pairing, but for most, you'll just put them into pairing mode, tap them on your phone, and that'll be it. They'll show up in your known devices and automatically connect from then on.

Questions?

Questions about pairing Bluetooth headphones to your Android phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 months ago

The best way to use your Pokémon Go Plus

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Is the Pokémon Go Plus worth it?

You can explore the world of Pokémon Go for free if you have a smartphone, but if you really want to take this game to the next level you can buy a $35 wrist button. At least, that's what Niantic and Nintendo want you to think when you see Pokémon Go Plus on the shelf. This inexpensive little gadget is all about keeping you in the game even when your phone isn't in your hand, by buzzing your wrist when there's something nearby for you to do in the game.

If being tethered to Pokémon Go without looking at your screen is an appealing idea for you, there's a lot to like about this simple little accessory. Here's how to get the most out of the experience.

Walking with Pokémon Go Plus

The biggest benefit to having Pokémon Go Plus on your wrist is not needing to have your phone in your hand or carefully positioned in a pocket while you walk around. Walking in Pokémon Go powers incubators for hatching eggs, and encourages your designated Pokémon Buddy to give you extra Pokémon Candy the more you walk. It's a huge part of the game, and keeping your screen on while you do so is kind of tedious. Pokémon Go Plus lets you walk with your screen completely off and in your pocket. As long as that wristband is connected to your phone, every step you take is recorded in the game. This means you get those kilometers in much faster than you normally would, because it's always paying attention to how far you've walked.

You can really take advantage of Pokémon Go Plus by being just a little more active every day. Anything from a casual walk through a grocery store to a sprint down the street in hopes of catching your bus across town gets counted by Pokémon Go Plus. It's fantastic encouragement to go for a walk during your lunch break or even just park further away the next time you're at the store. It all adds up quick when you don't have to fire up the Pokémon Go app to capture those steps, which means more eggs hatched and more candy received!

Checking in at Pokéstops

You'll get a small vibration on your wrist and a flashing blue light in the center of the wristband every time you're near a Pokéstop that's ready to be spun. Instead of pulling your phone out and checking the app, you just tap the button on your wrist and it will check in for you. This works whether you're walking down the street or stopped at an intersection with a Pokéstop nearby, and every time the Pokéstop recharges you're notified to check in again. When you finally do check your phone, you'll see all of the items you received in your Journal and in your Inventory.

One weird note with Pokéstops through Pokémon Go Plus: checking in with the button doesn't always turn the stop purple. This doesn't mean you can check in twice — we tried repeatedly — but it is something worth keeping in mind as you switch between playing with just the wristband and playing on your phone.

Catching all the Pokémon

A green or yellow light flash on your wrist means there's a Pokémon nearby for you to catch. Green flashes mean it's a Pokémon you've encountered before, and yellow means it's a Pokémon not currently in your Pokédex. Before you tap that button and try to catch yourself a Pokémon using nothing but your wrist, there are a few things to consider.

Pokémon Go Plus will only ever throw a single standard red and white Pokéball on your behalf. If the Pokémon breaks free of that single standard Pokéball, it breaks free immediately and flees. You don't get another shot to catch that Pokémon, it's gone. This is particularly troubling when you can't actually see what you're going to be catching, so your best bet is to only use Pokémon Go Plus to catch something if you have absolutely no plans of otherwise stopping to catch it. You should probably always avoid trying to capture something that flashes yellow on your Pokémon Go Plus, especially once you reach level 20 or higher in the game.

Overall having Pokémon Go Plus on you can be handy, and it's hard to argue with the price, but it's important to figure out how to fit it into your particular style of gameplay before you go for a jog with it on.

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9 months ago

Best Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks

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How can I make my Galaxy Note 7 even better, right out of the box?

The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung's best phone ever, but it's not perfect. Some of the out-the-box settings are a little strange, and others are downright frustrating. Here's how you can make it the best possible experience — immediately!

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9 months ago

How to keep the Pokémon Go Plus from disconnecting from your Android phone

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How do I keep my Pokewatch from disconnecting?

If you're one of the many people out there who recently decided to dive deeper into the world of Pokémon Go by picking up a Pokémon Go Plus for your wrist, you may have noticed it plays by slightly different rules than the rest of the game. You can use it without the screen on your phone even being on, and through it you can catch Pokemon, check in to Pokéstops, and gain all the steps necessary for egg hatching and candy earning. It's a fun little accessory, right until it disconnects from your phone and you realize the last mile you walked didn't count towards anything.

You aren't along in being frustrated by this. The Pokémon Go Plus is a simple accessory, and disconnects aren't always easy to immediately detect. Here's how you can tell you're disconnected, and what you can do to avoid future disconnections during gameplay.

How to tell you've been disconnected

For the most part, Pokémon Go Plus is pretty good about letting you know when it has disconnected from the phone. The wristband will vibrate and flash red as soon as it is disconnected from your phone. This is east to detect if you're walking and feel the vibration or see the LED, but if you're doing something important and can't stop to look at your wrist or you just plain didn't feel the vibration you may not know right away. This disconnection notification only happens once, so your window is limited.

The other way to know you've been disconnected is by tapping the LED button in the center of the watch and looking for a slow pulsing blue light. That pulsing blue light is the Pokémon Go Plus trying to connect to your phone, which naturally means it has been disconnected. If you tap this button and feel a single quick vibration pulse, it means you're connected to your phone and everything is fine. If you see the slow blue pulse, it means you've been disconnected.

Why did my Pokémon Go Plus disconnect?

There are a couple of reasons why your Pokémon Go Plus would disconnect from your phone. For starters, the watch is designed to disconnect when you are actively using the Pokémon Go app on your phone to play the game. If you're busy playing the game, you don't need a separate reminder on your wrist that Pokémon are showing up around you. It's also possible you've walked too far away from your phone, in which case the Bluetooth connection between your wrist and your phone will have been interrupted.

Your Pokémon Go Plus may have also disconnected if your GPS loses track of where you are. Pokémon Go needs the GPS in your phone to function, and when connected to your Pokémon Go Plus the phone has a constant connection to GPS services. If that connection fails, your watch will disconnect until you reconnect it.

Finally, several users have found issues with specific Android phones that don't currently have a resolution. Some phones by OnePlus and Motorola, for example, disconnect from Bluetooth a little more easily than other. This means the Bluetooth Low Energy connection between your phone and Pokémon Go Plus may disconnect easily with interference. To deal with these problem, disable Wi-Fi on your phone and make sure Bluetooth Scanning is disabled.

How to reconnect to Pokémon Go Plus

Being disconnected is a bummer, but reconnecting is easy.

  1. Open Pokémon Go on your phone
  2. Tap the dark Pokemon Go Plus icon in the top left
  3. Tap the LED button on your Pokemon Go Plus

You'll feel a vibration on your wrist and see a notification in Pokémon Go when the two are connected. From here you can close the app and go back to using your phone as you see fit. You will also see a notification icon in your tray letting you know you are connected to Pokemon Go, which will tell you about the last thing you did in the game as you continue to play.

Enjoy!

Still having problems?

Are you still struggling to get your Pokémon Go Plus accessory to connect to your Android phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 months ago

What are VoLTE and HD Voice, and why should you use them?

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What is VoLTE and why should I care about it?

Here in the U.S., most carriers have rolled out the red carpet for Voice over LTE. If it is available in your area and through your carriers, taking advantage of the upgrade currently depends on your having the right hardware. Once you have everything you need, setting VoLTE up on your phone is very easy and well worth it.

Let's take a deeper look.

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9 months ago

Google Drive: Ultimate Guide

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How to set up and use Google Drive on Android

How do I use Google Drive on Android?

Google Drive is one of the handiest cloud storage services around, giving you 15GB of free space, which you can access from just about any device with an internet connection. The age of USB thumb drives is over.

When you set up your Android phone, you would have been prompted to add your Google account, which is all you need to use Google Drive. Here's how to set up your personal Google Drive and use some of its main functions.

How to add an account to your Google Drive on Android

If you've already set up your Gmail account on your phone, then you'll just have to launch Google Drive and perform steps 1-3 below. If you'd like to add another account, like a work email address, continue on after step 3.

  1. Launch Google Drive from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the next arrow in the bottom right corner through the start screens.
  3. Tap Done in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  4. Tap the menu button in the top left corner of your screen. It looks like ☰.

    Tap the next arrow, tap Done, tap the menu button

  5. Tap the dropdown arrow next to the current account that's associated with your Google Drive.
  6. Tap Add account.
  7. Tap the type of account you'd like to use. You can even use Twitter!

    Tap the dropdown arrow, tap Add account, tap the type of account you want to use

  8. Enter your security measure if you have a pattern lock or PIN lock on your phone.
  9. Enter your email address or login credentials, depending on what type of account you chose to add.
  10. Tap Next.
  11. Type in your Password and tap Next in the bottom right corner.

    Enter your security measure, enter your email address, tap next, enter your password, tap next

  12. Tap Accept.
  13. Tap the circle next to a payment option.
  14. Tap Continue.

    Tap Accept, tap a payment option, tap Continue

The account will now be added to your phone and can be used with other Google apps, like Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and more!

How to upload files to your Google Drive on Android

You can upload Microsoft Word documents, Google Docs, photos from your Gallery, and tons more!

  1. Find the document on your phone that you'd like to upload to Google Drive. In this example, we're using a photo from the Gallery.
  2. Tap the share button. It'll usually look like a left-pointing triangle, with a dot at each point.
  3. Tap Save to Drive.

    Find the document you want to share, tap the share button, tap Save to Drive

  4. Tap Allow if prompted to allow Google Drive access to your files.
  5. Add a title to the document if you'd like and tap Save in the bottom right corner of your screen.

    Tap Allow, add a title if you want, tap Save

Your file will now be uploaded to your Google Drive where you can view it from any device on which you can access Google.

How to view files in your Google Drive on Android

Viewing your files in Google Drive on Android is as easy as launching the app from your home screen or app drawer. That's it! When you launch the app, you'll be brought to your Drive with all of your files right there for you to scroll through and view. Just tap a file to open it.

You can search for files by name by tapping the search icon (usually looks like a magnifying glass) and typing the name of the file you'd like to view.

How to share files from your Google Drive on Android

You can share any file from your Google Drive, either by sending the physical file or by sharing a link that will allow someone to view the file in your Google Drive (they won't be able to see anything else).

  1. Launch Google Drive from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the file you want share. It looks like three vertical dots.
  3. You have two ways to share your file:
    • Tap Share link to send someone a link to this file in your Google Drive.
    • Tap Send file to send someone the physical file.
  4. Tap a sharing method. You can share files via email, Facebook, messaging, and much more!

    Tap the more button, tap Share link or Send file, tap a sharing method

Now you can just share the file or the link via the method you've chosen normally. If you're sending it as a message, just tap the send button like you would for a text message. If you're sharing it via email, you can add a message and add multiple recipients, just like normal!

How to view files that were shared with you via Google Drive on Android

If you have notifications for Google Drive turned on (which they usually are by default), you can just tap the notification and it'll open right to the file that's been shared with you. If you dismissed the notification by mistake or just didn't get one, here's how to view files that have been shared with you!

  1. Launch Google Drive from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of your screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap Shared with me.
  4. Tap the file you'd like to view.

    Tap the menu button, tap Shared with me, tap the file you want to view

How to download a file from Google Drive

If you're transferring files via Google Drive and want to save a hard copy to your phone, you just have to download the file.

  1. Launch Google Drive from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the bottom right of the file thumbnail. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Download.

    Launch Google Drive, tap the more button on a file, tap Download

The file will now be downloaded to your phone. You'll receive a notification when it's downloaded, and you can tap that to view it or look in your file storage.

How to check your storage in Google Drive on Android

Google Drive starts you off with 15GB for free, and if you find you're saving a lot to your Google Drive, it's probably best to keep an eye on your storage.

  1. Launch Google Drive from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of your screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch Google Drive, tap the menu button, tap Settings

The first item in the Settings list is Storage and beneath it, it'll tell you how much of your 15GB you have used. If you're just using your Drive to save Google Docs, it's going to take you a very long time to fill it up.

How to delete files from your Google Drive on Android

If you do find your Google Drive is getting a bit full because you've been using it to save photos, videos, music, and a ton of other stuff, you can choose to pay to upgrade your storage or take the frugal route and delete some stuff!

  1. Launch Google Drive from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button on the file you'd like to delete. It's the three vertical dots in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail.
  3. Tap Remove, which is at the bottom of the options.

    Launch Google Drive, tap the more button on a file, tap Remove

The file will now be removed from your Google Drive, but you can always re-upload it if you need to.

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9 months ago

How to use copy and paste on Android

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How to use copy and paste on Android

How do I copy and paste on Android?

If you think about which device you type the most on in a day, it's likely your phone, and that's fine. But sometimes typing on a phone can be a bit of a pain in the keister and if you've typed out a long tirade of a text and want to share it with someone else, typing it out all over again sucks.

Like on a computer, you can just copy and paste text on your Android phone or tablet. It's easy peasy and here's how to do it!

Note: This is generally how you copy and paste in Android versions Lollipop to Nougat. Some phones may have slightly different implementations.

How to copy and paste text

  1. Find the text you want to copy and paste. It can be from a website, a text message, whatever.
  2. Tap and hold on the text.
  3. Tap and drag the highlight handles to highlight all the text you want to copy and paste.
  4. Tap Copy in the menu that appears.
  5. Tap and hold in the space where you'd like to paste the text.
  6. Tap Paste in the menu that appears.

    Tap and hold the text, drag the handles to highlight text, tap Copy, tap and hold the space you want to paste in, tap Paste

How to copy and paste a link

If you want to share a link with someone, you can copy the link from the address bar in your browser, or copy the link address from linked text. Here's how:

  1. Find the link you want to copy and paste.
  2. Tap and hold the link.
  3. Tap Copy link address.
  4. Tap and hold in the space where you want to paste the link.
  5. Tap Paste in the menu that appears.

    Tap and hold the link, tap Copy link address, tap and hold the space in which you want to paste, tap Paste

And Bob's your uncle.

Questions?

Sound off in the comments below!

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9 months ago

How to change your wallpaper on an Android phone or tablet

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Changing your wallpaper is as easy as a tap.

Phones have in many ways becomes the nexus of our lives. They hold our most important information, let us access the internet, and store many of the photos we take during day to day life. So it's no surprise that customizing our phones in a variety of ways is so popular. One of the easiest ways to customize your phone, is by switching up the wallpaper and we've got the details on how to do it.

Google Now Launcher, Nova Launcher and Action Launcher

Most phones use this method to change your phone's wallpaper. That makes it simple to remember, and easy to do, when you upgrade your device.

  1. Tap and hold the home screen.
  2. Tap the wallpapers icon on the bottom left of your screen.
  3. Choose from from the default wallpapers, or from your photos.
  4. Tap Set as wallpaper on the upper left corner of your screen.

Samsung Phones

Changing the wallpaper on a Samsung phone is just a little bit different than the method detailed above. That's because Samsung actually gives you a few more options than most other phones.

  1. Tap and hold on the Home screen
  2. Tap the Wallpapers icon in the bottom left corner.
  3. Choose Home screen, Lock screen, or Home and Lock screen in the upper right corner.

  4. Tap a Samsung wallpaper or choose a photo from your gallery at the bottom of your screen.
  5. Tap set as wallpaper on the bottom of your screen.

Note: This method works with Samsung phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, but due to the variations in Samsung software from country to country and generation to generation, it may look slightly different on your phone.

Your turn!

What's you favorite wallpaper, and how often do you switch it around? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 months ago

Allo: Everything you need to know

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Everything you need to know to get started with Google's new messaging service.

Allo is finally available, and it offers a first look at what's possible with Google Assistant. Assistant is Google's AI chatbot that answers questions by drawing on the vast trove of information it has collected over the years. It suggests replies in conversations, offers recommendations on nearby points of interest, tells bad jokes, plays games with you, and so on. Unlike Google Now, interacting with Google Assistant feels more personal and conversational.

If you're just getting started with Google's latest messaging service, we've got you covered.

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