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9 months ago

How to enable the Google Pixel's LED notification light

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How to enable the Google Pixel's LED notification light

Here's a quick tip for keeping up to date with notifications arriving on your phone.

The Pixel's Ambient Display mode gives you a great gentle reminder on your screen whenever a notification is sitting waiting for your attention, but some people prefer the simplicity and battery savings of a basic LED notification light. The Pixel and Pixel XL actually have a notification LED nestled into the far left side of the loudspeaker at the top of the phone, though you wouldn't know it because it's not enabled by default.

If you want to switch from using Ambient Display to the notification LED or just want to have both for the total package of alertness, here's how you enable it.

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9 months ago

How to enable Google Hangouts on the Pixel

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Get your Hangouts back!

The Pixel ships with Android 7.1, Google's latest version of Nougat that includes a number of improvements. But some Pixel owners may find a surprising omission when they load up the Pixel for the first time: a lack of Google Hangouts.

Some versions of the Pixel are shipping with Hangouts installed on the device but disabled, as Google tries to push people towards its new chat app, Allo. But if you, like me, are one of the remaining Hangouts diehards, here's how to re-enable it and get back to your old habits.

How to enable Hangouts on the Pixel

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the notification shade.
  2. Tap on the Settings cog.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Apps.

  4. Scroll down and tap on Hangouts.
  5. Tap Enable.

After that, you can head to the Play Store and update the app to the latest version.

That's it! Now you can get back to using Hangouts and ignoring Allo, like the good ol' days.

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9 months ago

How to use app shortcuts in Android 7.1 on the Google Pixel

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What's the big deal with app shortcuts on the Google Pixel and Android 7.1?

App shortcuts are one of the best new features in Android 7.1, and right now they're only available on the Pixel.

What are they? By holding down on a compatible app icon the home screen or app drawer of a compatible launcher (currently that's just the Pixel Launcher), you can access pre-defined shortcuts, and create new icons from those shortcuts. Want to quickly pull up the navigation directions to home from where you are? Do that from the Google Maps icon. Want to quickly check for app updates on the Play Store? You can do that, too! Here's how.

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9 months ago

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Android

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How to transfer iPhone photos to Android

How do I transfer my iPhone photos to my Android phone? With Google Photos, of course!

Like most of us, your phone is likely your primary camera and thanks to ease-of-use, you probably capture at least a few photos a day. Those add up over time, and it'd suck to lose them all just because you're switching from iPhone to Android. Thanks to Google Photos, you don't have to!

How to transfer iPhone photos to Android using Google Photos

  1. Download Google Photos from the App Store.
  2. Launch Google Photos from your Home screen.
  3. Tap Get started.
  4. Tap OK when asked to allow Google Photos to access your photos.
  5. Tap the switch next to Use cellular data to back up if you want to back up your photos over cellular. If you don't want to rack up a serious data bill, leave this off.
  6. Tap Continue.

    Tap Get started, tao OK, tap Continue

  7. Tap the circle next to either High quality or Original. Tapping High quality will compress your photos to 16 megapixels reduce file size, but you get "unlimited storage" (2PB). Original will maintain the original file size and will count toward your Google Drive storage (15GB).
  8. Tap Continue.
  9. Tap Get notified if you want notifications when someone shares photos with you. Otherwise tap No thanks.
  10. Tap Leave Off to leave notifications off if you selected No thanks.

    Tap Continue, tap Get notified, tap Leave Off

That's it! Google Photos will automatically sync your photo library and you'll be able to access them on your Android phone or virtually any device with an internet connection.

Don't expect to see your photos on a different device right away. The sync could take quite a while, especially if you have many photos.

Questions?

Questions about transferring photos with Google Photos? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 months ago

How to transfer your iCloud Drive files to Google Drive

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How to transfer your iCloud Drive files to Google Drive

How do I transfer iCloud drive files to Google Drive? Hint: You'll need a computer!

If you're making the switch from iPhone to Android, then you'll likely want to take advantage of Google Drive and all the other Google Apps. That means you'll need to transfer your iCloud Drive files to Google Drive.

This can get a bit tricky, since Apple really doesn't want to see you go, but if you use the iCloud Drive and Google Drive desktop apps, it's easy.

You can do it without the desktop apps, but it's a bit of a pain.

How to transfer iCloud Drive files to Google Drive using the desktop apps

If you don't have the Google Drive app for Mac or PC, you'll need to download it before getting started. When you download it for Mac, a Finder shortcut will automatically be created under Favorites. When you download it for PC, you'll be asked if you want to create a shortcut in the File Explorer. Do it.

If you're on a Mac, you automatically have iCloud Drive. If you're on a PC, you'll need to download the iCloud Drive app before getting started.

  1. Open two Finder windows if you're on Mac or File Explorer windows if you're on PC.
  2. Click iCloud Drive in the left bar in one window.
  3. Click Google Drive in the left bar in the other window.
  4. Click the top file in the iCloud Drive folder.
  5. Hold the shift key and click the bottom file in the iCloud Drive folder.
  6. Click and drag all of your files over to the Google Drive folder.

That's it. Google Drive does the rest and syncs it all up for you.

How to transfer iCloud files to Google Drive on the web

If you don't want to download the iCloud Drive and Google Drive apps, you can (painstakingly) transfer files using the web apps. All you have to do is download each file from your iCloud Drive at icloud.com and re-upload everything to Google Drive.

The painstaking part comes in the fact that you have to download each individual file from your iCloud Drive. There is no way to batch-download or batch-transfer anything out of your iCloud Drive. I only recommend this method if you have just a few files to transfer.

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9 months ago

How to transfer your iCloud calendar to Android

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How to sync your iPhone calendar to your Android phone

How do I get my iPhone's calendar onto my new Android phone?

If you're making the switch from iPhone to Android, you'll want to take all the things that matter in your life with you, i.e. your calendar, contacts, and other personal data.

Though there's no real way to "sync" your iPhone's iCloud calendar to your new Android phone, you can still transfer it over pretty simply.

Here's how!

How to transfer your iCloud calendar to your Android phone

First thing you'll need is a Google account set up on your Android phone. If you skipped that in the setup process, you'll need to create one.

On your iPhone

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Calendar.
  3. Tap Default Calendar.
  4. Tap the Gmail account you use with your Google calendar.

    Tap Calendar, tap Default Calendar, tap the Gmail account you use with your Google calendar

Now any dates you add to your iPhone calendar will be a part of your Google account calendar (in case you keep using your iPhone for a bit).

On your Mac or PC

  1. Log into your iCloud account.
  2. Click Calendar.
  3. Click the broadcast button next to the calendar you want to share.

    Log into iCloud, click Calendar, click the broadcast button

  4. Click the checkbox next to Public Calendar.
  5. Copy the URL that appears and paste it in the address bar of your web browser. Do not hit enter yet.
  6. Replace webcal at the beginning of the URL with http and hit enter. You'll either be prompted to download an ICS file or one will automatically download to your default downloads folder.

    Click the checkbox next to Public Calendar, copy the URL into the address bar of your web browser, replace webcal at the beginning of the URL with http

  7. Go back to your iCloud Calendar and uncheck Public Calendar.
  8. Log into your Gmail account.
  9. Click the apps button on the upper right of your screen. It's a square made of nine smaller squares.
  10. Click Calendar.

    Go back and uncheck Public Calendar in iCloud, log into your Gmail account, click the apps button, click Calendar

  11. Click the settings button on the upper right of your screen. It's the gear icon.
  12. Click Settings.

    Click the settings button, click Settings

  13. Click the Calendars tab.
  14. Click Import calendar.

    Click the Calendars tab, click Import calendar

  15. Click Choose File or Browse, depending on your operating system.
  16. Click the ICS file you just downloaded from iCloud.
  17. Click Import.

    Click Choose File or Browse, click the ICS file you just downloaded from iCloud, click Import

Boom, you iPhone calendar events are now a part of your Google account. If you have multiple iPhone calendars, you'll want to repeat the same steps for each one.

Use SmoothSync

SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar is a handy app that lets you sync your iCloud calendars and reminders with your Android phone.

It's not the prettiest app in the world, but it gets the job done. All you have to do is enter your Apple ID and password, select the calendars you want to sync and that's it. It'll create new calendars on your Android phone for each iCloud calendar you had.

It's a great app for folks who like to keep both an iPhone and Android phone around, since you can set it to auto-sync, and you can use your Google calendar on your Android phone as normal; SmoothSync works in the background!

Download: SmoothSync ($2.86)

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

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9 months ago

Buy a Galaxy Note 7 used? Samsung has your back for an exchange

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If you bought a used Galaxy Note 7, Samsung will help you out.

We've detailed the process for returning your Galaxy Note 7 if you had purchased through a carrier or retailer, but the phone had been out long enough that there were plenty of used and second-hand phones floating around out there as well. Thankfully you won't be left out in the cold if you bought a used Note 7: Samsung has a process for you to send in the phone and get a replacement.

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9 months ago

How to return your Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung has called for a return of every Note 7 that was sold or exchanged.

No matter where or when you bought your Galaxy Note 7, what carrier you're using it on or how long you've had it, you need to turn off your phone and return it for a refund or exchange. The process differs a bit between regions, carriers and retailers, but we have the information for you here that will remove at least one step of the process.

If you have a Galaxy Note 7, here's how you return it.

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9 months ago

How to back up the data on your Galaxy Note 7 before returning it

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You'll need to switch phones when you turn in your Note 7, but you can still keep your stuff.

If you're going to be taking advantage of the U.S. carriers' offer to replace old and new Galaxy Note 7 phones (and you should) you probably want to keep a few things stored on it. Besides the obvious — things like your address book or email — you likely have pictures, music, and other important stuff on the thing. You don't have to lose it when you get a new phone.

The first thing to remember is that your Note 7 runs Android with Google's services. That means a lot of your data can be backed up to your Google account in the cloud. This is how Android was designed to work — it's a cloud-based operating system.

Email, contacts, and calendar

If you're using Gmail, your email is already backed up. Google's Contacts and Calendar work the same way. If you are signed into any of these services and use them, you can pick up right where you left off on any device, anywhere by signing in with the same account.

If you're using another online-based email service, like Yahoo! or Microsoft's Outlook.com, it sill works the same way. The data isn't tied to your Google account, of course, but once you sign back in with the same login you'll have access to everything again. This is true for email, address book, and calendar with most online services.

If you're syncing a POP email account (like the one from your internet provider) you will need to check the settings on your email account itself to see how message syncing is done. The people who provide you the service can help if you have any questions. For any local (read: not online) address book or calendar apps, you'll need to check the app settings and see if there is an export feature.

Finally, if you have your work email, contacts and calendar on your Note 7 you need to ask your friendly IT person what to do.

Your media

Chances are you are using the Note 7 camera to take a picture or two, and you want to keep them. You might have a handful of music files and a video or two on there as well. Luckily, backing media files up is easy.

You can store pictures on your computer and transfer them via a USB cable, or you can store them in the cloud. If you were to ask my recommendation, I'd point you towards Google Photos. But there are other services like Dropbox that work, too.

How to back up photos and video to your computer or the cloud

If you have a computer, backing photos up is easy. There's an advantage to using your own local storage to keep photos — there is no image loss or resizing involved. Hit the link above to see all your options and how to get started.

Music files work mostly the same way. Services like Google Play Music or Amazon Music let you use the cloud, or you can plug into your computer and copy between phone and PC at will. One advantage of using a cloud service is being able to stream your songs from any device, but the files may take a hit on quality. If your music is stored in a lossless format or a very high bitrate Mp3 make sure to keep a copy on your computer. Click the link below to see your options and how they work.

How to back up your music files to your computer or online storage

Samsung Smart Switch

If you're going to stick with the Note 7 or use any other Samsung Galaxy phone, you can use a service from Samsung called Smart Switch.

Using the cable that came in your box (and the adapter if you need it) you can copy all the data from all your apps, the apps themselves, all your accounts and all of your media files / SD card content from your Note 7 to a computer or another Galaxy phone. The program is easy to use and does a pretty good job.

How to use Samsung Smart Switch to back up your Galaxy phone

There are a couple things to keep in mind here.

  • Smart Switch is only an option if the phone you're putting the data on is a Samsung Galaxy phone. Smart Switch can pull the data off of any Android or iOS phone, but it can only copy it back to a Galaxy model.
  • If you're going to be using a really old Galaxy phone — something like the Galaxy S3 or Note 2 — you might have issues with apps and their data. Things have changed a lot in the past couple of years.
  • Any loaner you get from your carrier might not be compatible with Smart Switch. Your carrier isn't going to be handing out brand new Samsung phones like candy. Expect something that they wouldn't care about losing.

And remember — if you're returning your phone through your carrier or a Samsung store, they can help make sure you keep everything that's yours and help you get it on a new phone. It's OK to ask for help!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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9 months ago

How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on an Android phone

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Tethering

How to share your Android phone's mobile data connection with laptops, tablets and other devices.

Setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot is an easy way to share your phone's data connection with another device, like a tablet, Mac or PC. Tethering to your phone over Wi-Fi is often easier than using a cable, and you can have multiple devices connected if need be.

Android has had Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities built in for years now, though depending on your carrier, or the model of phone you have, it may work slightly differently. In this article, we're going to cover the most common options — stock (unmodified) Android, and Samsung Galaxy phones.

NOTE: Tethering can quickly drain your battery, and use a lot of mobile data, so be careful!

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9 months ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide

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Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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9 months ago

How to set up a new Google account

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Google Play, Chromebooks, Gmail ... all these wonderful services start with (and require) a Google Account. And whether you're setting up a professional account to help field headhunters and job offers, or finally offloading one of your tweens to their own account, setting up a Google account is simple and quick, but there are a few tricks to it.

Let's open the door to the wonderful world of Google.

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9 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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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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9 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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