Android Messages tips and tricks you need to know

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There are so many different messaging platforms these days, it’s sometimes to keep up with the latest announcements. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram – these are just a few examples.

But there’s one messaging platform that still works on every single phone out there and that’s SMS/text messaging. Unfortunately, many of the default SMS apps that are pre-loaded on phones are often not that good. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives out there starting with Google’s own Android Messages service.

The app comes pre-loaded on Pixel devices and several other phones, but if yours doesn’t come with it on board, you can easily download it on your device. The service is clean, simple to use and RCS-compliant. What’s more, it includes some features you might not be using just yet — and you definitely should.

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Android Messages for Web: How to get it, tips, hacks, and all you need to know

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For as long as the rivalry between Android OS and iOS has existed, users have debated on what truly makes their choice the ideal one. While those who advocated for Android have pushed forward on the basis of freedom of customization, iOS users have boasted the unparalleled software support that is seamless across all iDevices. But one feature that has evaded Android users for years, while iOS users have enjoyed has been iMessage, and that’s text messaging on a PC.

The iMessage service from Apple is admittedly one of a kind ever since it was created, as it is seamless across all iDevices. Not only is sending an iMessage completely free for all iOS users, but you can send and receive messages even on your MacBook or iMac, as long as your iPhone is connected to the same Apple account.

While the introduction of services like WhatsApp Web has helped ease the pain of Android users, it hasn’t been until now that web connectivity for SMS has finally been offered by Google itself.

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6 tips and tricks for Android Messages for web

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Earlier this week Google released Messages for web, a service that lets you send and receive text messages from any web browser. The website is live right now, but an update to the Android Messages app is required before you can begin using it.

You will need to use Android Messages, as opposed to Samsung’s Messages app for Galaxy users, to use Messages for web.

Setup is a breeze

Seriously, if you have ever scanned a QR code, you are already prepared to link the Messages app on your phone to your browser.

On a computer, open your browser and enter messages.android.com into the address bar. On your phone, open the Messages app and tap the menu button (top-right corner) then select Messages for web > Scan QR Code. Point your camera at the QR code on your computer’s screen.

A few seconds later your phone’s Messages app is now linked to your computer. Easy peasy.

You don’t have to go through the linking process every time you want to use Messages for web. Instead, you can toggle the Remember this computer button below the QR code in your browser so each time you visit the site, the link is preserved.

If you didn’t notice the button during setup, a prompt just above your conversation threads will ask if you want to remember or you can click on the menu icon just above the New Conversation button in the web app > Settings > Remember this computer.

If you’re worried about someone else using the same computer and monitoring your messages, don’t worry — you can remotely log out (more on that in a minute).

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How to improve call quality on Android phones

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With features that let you like track your heartbeat and figure out exactly how long ago the dinosaurs walked the Earth being added to phones. It’s not exactly absent-minded of people to forget that the primary function of phones is to make calls.

But despite all the innovative features and all the bells and whistles the present-day smartphone comes packed with, the average quality of an audio call made through a phone is still quite lacking. Doing a few of the things that are listed below can greatly improve the quality of the calls that are made.

Make sure your microphone, earphone, and speakers are clear. The reason your calls are muffled or you can’t hear the speaker on the side at all might be because you might be covering the speaker or microphone or even earpiece. This could be why you are unable to get a call of sufficient quality. This could be your hand as well.  powered by Rubicon Project Holding your phone in a different position than what you usually do might do the trick.

The case of your phone might also be the thing that is blocking your speaker and bringing down the quality of the calls you make. Using a toothbrush with a super soft bristle to gently brush the cavities to remove debris of any kind that has accumulated there is also a great way to improve the quality of the call. Canned air which is usually used to clean keyboards can also be used to clear up the gunk and debris that may have accumulated.

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How to lock and unlock your Android phone using Google Assistant?

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Android 7.0 Nougat comes with an installed Google Assistant, all you need to do in such smartphones is to grant relevant permissions to Google Assistant for making your life easier. If you don’t have Google Assistant, go ahead and download it from Google Play Store.

How to lock and unlock your Android phone using Google Assistant?

Unlocking your Android smartphone is as easy as saying “OK Google.” However, to unlock your smartphone with Google Assistant, you have to make few changes in the settings section. Follow our guide below to make the necessary changes.

1. Open Google Assistant.

2. Access the ‘Settings’ section after clicking on the three-dot that represents menu.

3. Under the “Devices” section, tap on your phone.

4. From the Assistant setting, enable “Access to voice match” and “Unlock with voice match.”

After enabling “Access to voice match” and “Unlock with voice match,” you will be asked to train a trusted voice model which will help you in unlocking your smartphone. This training will make sure that the Google Assistant will respond only to your voice when it is locked. It won’t respond to any random person by saying “Ok Google.”

After enabling voice unlocking, you will be asked to record few phrases to make things clear. You can retrain your voice model if you are unsure about the fact that your voice has been recorded accurately. For doing that, go to “Voice mode” and then select “Retrain voice model.” You can always retrain Google Assistant if your previous training took place in a noisy environment.

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5 Android Messages features you should start using

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The Google Android Messages app is one of the finest ways to send and receive text messages. It’s even ready for the future with RCS standard support and ample features. You might not even realize all the neat things you can do with Android Messages, so here are the five best.

A standard text message doesn’t have a lot of features, but there are some little-known tweaks you can make in Messages. Instead of just tapping Send, long-press it. That brings up two things in the compose field: You can add a title to your message by tapping in the new field and entering text. This makes the message behave like an MMS, but it should load normally on the recipient’s phone as there’s no photo or other media attached.

Archive old threads

After a few months, your text message list is probably going to be something of a mess, littered with threads you haven’t touched in ages. Android Messages lets you get rid of them without really getting rid of them. You can archive old threads to get them out of the way, but still restore them if necessary. Just long-press to select multiple conversations and tap the archive button at the top of the screen. You can also swipe left or right on a conversation in the main list to archive it. Go to Menu > Archived to see those conversations and restore them if needed.

Not everyone you encounter in life will be pleasant. Android Messages makes it easy to block your frenemies and spam numbers. Long-press on a conversation to select it, then tap the block button (circle with a strikethrough) at the top. This prevents messages and calls from that contact from going through.

Note: Blocking a contact deletes the conversation, so don’t block someone if you’ll need to see the thread again later.

If you want to remove a block, go to Menu > Blocked contacts. Tap the X next to the contact you want to unblock to receive messages again.

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How to add multiple accounts in Outlook app for Android and iPhone

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If you have multiple Microsoft accounts then you must have suffered the excruciating process of multiple logins and logouts. However, the launch of Outlook’s Android app has been a sign of relief and it is a beauty.

The Outlook app for Android and the iPhone is already available on Google Play Store and Apple store respectively for free. Most apps support the feature of adding multiple accounts, but not everyone is able to locate it easily.

There’s a way to add multiple IDs in Outlook app for Android and iPhone without juggling multiple phones or multiple logins on one phone. Here are few tips how you can make your life easier.

Add multiple accounts in Outlook app for Android

When earlier Microsoft released an Official Outlook app for Android, it was just a rebranded and modified version of old Hotmail app. However, the new version of Outlook app has a completely new interface with lots of added functionalities that are more consistent.

The current version has numerous features including accessing multiple accounts using one app. Here is how you can add  multiple accounts to the latest Outlook.com app for Android:

Step 1:  Open up the Outlook.com app on your Android device. If you don’t have it yet, download it from Google Play Store.

Step 2: Swipe the screen towards right from your inbox. You’ll see 3-lined hamburger menu.

Step 3: Tap on the round icon appearing on the top. You can also click on the Settings icon towards the bottom to add a new account.

Step 4: Now tap on the “Add account” option to add your Microsoft account. Follow the steps and fill up the required details to complete the process.

If you want to delete any of the added accounts from the Outlook.com app, simply go to the “Settings” while using that particular account you want to delete, go to manage accounts section and select remove.

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15 Cool Telegram Messenger Tricks You Should Know

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Slowly and surely, Telegram has become one of the most popular messaging services in the world. Telegram owes this success to not only the extra security that it brings over its rivals like WhatsApp, but also the tons of new features that the service keeps on adding. However, the introduction of new features on a regular basis also means that some of them are pretty hidden and normal users don’t know anything about them. We want to solve that problem. That’s why we are bringing the 15 best Telegram tricks that every user should know:

1. Turn Off Notifications for Individual Contacts

We all have that one person that annoys us by sending too many forwarded messages. Well, Telegram makes it really easy to silence such a contact. Just open the chat and tap on the profile photo of the contact.

2. Change Phone Numbers

One of the things that I love about Telegram is that the service gives me an easy way to change my phone number attached to my account without making me lose all my previous chats. If you also want to switch your Telegram number, it’s pretty easy to do. First, tap on Settings and then tap on your mobile number.

Here, Telegram will give you some information about what happens when you change your number. Basically, all your messages will be moved to the new number and your new number will be automatically added to all your existing Telegram contacts, barring the blocked contacts. It’s way easier then re-sharing your new number with everyone. To change the number, tap on the “Change Number”, enter the new number and follow the process on your screen.

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