Double SMS Messages on Android Auto? Here’s how to fix it

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You see, Android Auto is obviously designed to be mainly used with Google’s own product lineup of software. It has Google Maps, Messages, and Play Music tightly integrated into the system. It wants you to be using first party solutions from Google for the most seamless interaction — and rightfully so. This is a Google solution to automotive entertainment.

What’s the Problem?

Unfortunately, all of this synergy sometimes leads to issues. If you are like me, you enjoy trying different apps than the default offerings by Google.

My SMS/Messages app is Pulse for instance. I love Pulse. I get that it doesn’t have the new RCS features of Android Messages, but you know what, most of my family is using iOS so it’s a moot point. Pulse allows me to text my loved ones regardless of the device as well: desktop, phone, and my bedside tablet.

How to fix the Issue

As you may have surmised by the title of this post, I was getting double the notifications in my car on Android Auto. A little checking around and playing with my phone and I found there’s a quick and easy fix:

  • Find the Settings App in your app drawer
  • Go to Apps & Notifications
  • Click Advanced at the bottom
  • Select App permissions
  • Tap SMS
  • Toggle the Android Auto option to OFF

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Switching between Android and iOS: Top tips for making the jump

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Transferring your data to a PC or Mac first has the advantage that your data is backed up on the computer; but connecting the old phone to the new one by cable is easiest. That said, the more manual method can save space, as you can decide individually on which photos, videos or music to move over to the new phone.

It’s not always possible to transfer everything.

For example, WhatsApp chats backed up on iOS are not compatible with Android, so you can only transfer conversations with additional software and effort. The same is true if you’re making the opposite move: WhatsApp messages will not be saved during the transfer to iOS, but your account will remain intact.

Those who completely turn their backs on the Apple world should remember to deactivate iMessage, Spier says. Otherwise, these messages might not reach the new phone. Similarly, users should cancel any subscriptions set up on their old smartphone and make sure to log in on the new device.

Of course, you might also be going from Android to iOS, in which case the App Store offers an app called Move To iOS. However, users should be aware that the iPhone you are switching to must be “new or reset”, according to reporter Blasius Kawalkowski.

When moving to iOS, you should also make sure you have enough storage on the new iPhone, as these devices do not support SD cards, unlike Android phones. Therefore, it might be worth doing a good purge of unnecessary things, or backing up to your computer.

Move To iOS transfers contacts, messages, pictures, videos, bookmarks, email accounts and calendar entries. And the app also automatically searches for iOS versions of the apps on your old phone. However, if you have paid for certain apps, you will have to pay again for the new iOS version.

If the app in question was especially expensive, you can always contact the developer and ask if they can help you out.

Remember to switch on flight mode on the devices during the transfer – if someone tries to call you during the process, it is stopped automatically, and you’ll have to start over.

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How to remove unwanted apps on your Android phone

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Pre-installed apps and games that take up storage space and make your phone’s battery run out faster than it should while taking up a considerable chunk of your data allowance is a common annoyance. There are plenty of reasons you wouldn’t want certain apps to remain installed on your phone. These apps might have come pre-installed on your phone, it might have been provided by your manufacturer, your mobile network or may have come as part of your Android device itself.

While you can reduce the ill effects or drawbacks from these apps, removing these apps isn’t that easy. There are two different things that might occur depending on whether your device is rooted or not.

Non-Rooted Devices

Although deleting pre-installed apps isn’t possible in most cases, you can still disable them. In order to do this, you should head over to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all X apps. You can select the app you don’t want here and then click on the Disable button. This will make the app revert back to its initial version and block it so that it will not show up on your phone. Although it stays installed and takes up space, it will not run.

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How to install region restricted Android apps on your device

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Here are a few ways on how you can install Android apps or games to your device even if they are unavailable in your country.

Method 1 – Use VPN

A VPN app will help you to mask your location and trick the Google Play Store into believing that you are from a different physical location different from your actual location.

There are a lot of Android VPN apps available that allows you to change your location to a different country where the app or game you want to download is officially available.

As part of this tutorial, I have used the Express VPN app which is a popular VPN app with options to manually or automatically connect to an optimal location.

Step 1:

Download and Install the Express VPN app or any other VPN app of your choice from the Google Play Store on your Android device.

Step 2:

Now open the Express VPN app or the one you downloaded and then select the location where the app or game you want to install is officially available.

Step 3:

Now, open the Settings app on your device and go to Apps and select Google Play Store from the list. Tap on storage and then select the clear data and clear cache options from the page.

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How to Find Hidden Apps on Android

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Have you ever wondered how to find hidden apps? There are lots of reasons for doing that. Maybe you’re a concerned parent who wants to see what your kids are hiding or something like that.

We won’t ask. But, we will provide you with the information on how to do it. But, before we start, do understand that there are various methods of hiding apps and content on Android phones and tablets. Because of that, there are also various methods of discovering that hidden content.

Without any further ado, here’s how to find hidden apps on Android.

1. How to find hidden apps in a launcher

First of all, there are numerous Android launchers that allow you to hide the apps of your choosing. It’s a very simple method but also a very effective one if other people who are using the same device don’t know about that feature.

The process of finding that option differs from launcher to launcher. As you can see in the image above, we’re using Go Launcher as an example.

In Go Launcher, all you need to do is open the app drawer and click on “Hide App”. Though, in this case, a password is also required.

So, if you’re trying to see what your son is hiding or something like that, then your only option is to ask him about the password really. Some other launchers with the same feature don’t have that kind of safety mechanism, but Go Launcher does.

In any case, the procedure is more or less the same thing with most launchers. You just find the options button and the “hidden apps” option.

If that option is not there, then you can try looking into the launcher’s settings. Careful. The launcher’s settings and the phone’s settings are two different things. So, don’t get confused there.

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Essential Tips You Should Follow For Smartphone Internet Safety

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We live in an age where we probably spend a significant chunk of our day looking at our smartphones. It can’t be helped, they are just useful, entertaining, and have become a part of our lives.

The problem is, most people do not know how to be careful when it comes to smartphone internet safety. That can be dangerous especially when you use your smartphones for financial transactions. Hence, here are some smartphone internet safety tips that you will need to keep in mind when using your smartphones for pretty much anything.

Download an antivirus

A basic rule of thumb for any digital device user: if it has an antivirus application, then download and use that. There are plenty of free antivirus apps, and while not all of them are perfect or bulletproof, they can protect you from the most common digital security threats against your phone.

Careful with those apps

Smartphone users love to download and use apps and hackers know this That is why a lot of illegal and non-Google Play store apps have malwares, spywares, or adwares attached to them, basically viruses with different functions and harmful effects. So be careful with your apps and always read the reviews before downloading. It is also advised to not download and install anything outside the Google Play store unless you know what you are doing.

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Scan documents with your Android gadget

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The start of the new year brings lots to look forward to, but it also signals the start of a necessary financial task: taxes. For 2019, resolve to make it easier on yourself by learning how to use your Android phone or tablet as a document scanner.

You’ve got a stack of receipts and other tax-related documents piling up, but it’s a breeze to digitize them when you harness the right app. You don’t need a standalone scanner that’s plugged into a computer. Your camera-equipped Android device already has all the right stuff to help you out.

While document scanning with Android can be critical as you prepare your tax files, keep it in mind for other times of the year. You can use to scan school assignments or letters, share business papers, or back up important personal documents. All you need is the right app.

Scan with Google Drive

Google Drive users have a fast option for scanning documents. Open your Google Drive app on your phone and tap on the plus sign in the circle at the bottom. Tap on the Scan icon that looks like a camera. Point the camera at the document and tap on the round button to take a picture.

You can now refine your scan. Tap on the crop icon near the top and adjust the corners if necessary. The checkmark saves your changes. The paint palette icon lets you put the document into black and white if needed, or you can select a color option. The three dots in the corner let you rename the document or rotate it. Touch the check mark at the bottom to save it to Drive for easy access or sharing.

While this is a quick way to add documents to Drive, there are also some apps that give you more powerful scanning features. Check out two of our recommendations.

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How to curb your phone usage this year

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If you feel uneasy about your tech habits, and want to become more intentional about how you use your phone this year, here are some strategies to help you take control:

Get a clear-eyed view of your current usage

As you gear up to make changes, first take stock of your current usage, and how it makes you feel in a big picture way.

Catherine Price, author of the book How To Break Up With Your Phone, suggested letting yourself get a bit philosophical about it.

“Every time you reach for your phone, ask yourself, ‘What for? Why now? What else?'” Price says.

What do you want to do on your phone? Are you responding to a message, reading the news, using a tool like Uber or a list-keeping app, or going on social media?

Phones can act as digital drugs that we use to seek pleasure, or to avoid discomfort and pain, Price said. Being aware of your own motives — as well as how tech products have been intentionally engineered to siphon as much of your attention as possible — may make a trivial observation (such as frittering away 10 minutes on Instagram) take on a new weight (like endlessly scrolling to avoid a hard task).

Along with that analysis, Price recommended creating a list of all the ways that you like using your phone, and all the usage behaviors that make you feel bad.

David Greenfield, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, advises that you start with an intense digital cleanse — try not to check social media for a whole day, for example — and then compare your typical experiences and emotions with those you felt during decreased usage.


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