How to send WhatsApp videos as animated GIFs

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WhatsApp on iOS and Android both support GIFs and allows you to send GIFs to friends from Giphy. But do you know that WhatsApp also allows you send your WhatsApp videos as GIFs. So you can create a GIF out of the funny video of a cat that you received on your college friend’s chat group. GIFs are much smaller in size than videos.

To convert a WhatsApp video into a GIF, follow these steps:

— Open WhatsApp.

— Tap the attachment icon given inside the chat box.

— Select the video that you want to make GIF of.

— By default, WhatsApp shows you a preview of the video along with the option to trim the video.

— Tap on the box reading GIF.

— WhatsApp will automatically convert your video into a GIF.

To send GIFs from Giphy, follow these steps:

— Start a new message in WhatsApp.
— Tap on the emoji icon given in the chat box.

— Tap on the GIF button at the bottom.

— Select the GIF you want to send and tap on send button. You can also add caption to it if you want.

By Priya Pathak

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How to download YouTube videos to your Android device

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If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, chances are you have a few video favorites that you return to again and again. But if you watch from your smartphone on the go, you’re likely eating up a good portion of the data on your wireless plan.

Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way you can simply download the videos you keep on repeat to your phone or other Android device without eating up all that precious data or waiting to acquire an internet connection.

Take your favorite videos with you

There are a few ways you can go about getting YouTube videos to your Android phone. One simple method to purchase a YouTube Premium subscription. If you pay the $11.99 a month entry fee or upgrade to the $14.99 a month family subscription for up to six members, you can watch YouTube videos without ads and download them straight to your device for offline viewing.

If you already have a YouTube Premium account, you only need to download the free YouTube app from the Google Play Store, unless you already have it installed. Once installed, find the YouTube video you want to download in the app, and then open it. Tap the Download button you’ll find between the Share arrow and the Save button that looks like three lines with a plus sign. It is a round circle with a down arrow that says simply “Download.”

Your phone will ask you what quality you want to save your video in. Select an option between Low, Medium and HD, and then click “OK.” Your video will then begin downloading. Once it’s downloaded, you can watch it any time you wish, even if you’re not connected to the internet.

If you don’t have a YouTube Premium subscription, there’s still a simple way you can download videos if you want to take an extra step to do so. You’ll need your own computer for this, or at least access to one.

By Brittany Vincent

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How to use Google’s new podcast app in Android

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Podcasts are the kind of thing most of us have heard of, even if we don’t listen. Many of the most popular things to listen to can only be found as a podcast.

Ever since they have become more mainstream there have been countless apps meant to help us find and listen, but not all of them are easy to understand. Google has been down this road before, and is trying once again.

They have released an app that is named, simply, “Google Podcasts,” and it is a great option for Android users who want to dive into podcasts but want to avoid any confusion. It’s light on bells and whistles but if you are only interested in listening to shows, it’s not a bad option.

Here’s how to use it

First off, keep in mind the app only works for Android. As for getting started, you’ll need to go into the Play Store and download it. Just search for “Google Podcasts” and, once you find it, download it as you would any other app.

Once downloaded, the icon will show up on your home screen. Tap on it to open.

The first screen you see will be a home page that shows icons for what Google is saying are the top or trending podcasts. The shows can have all sorts of themes — it really depends on what everyone else is listening to at the time.

And, if you are seeking a specific podcast, click on the magnifying glass in the upper left-hand corner to open a search bar. Just type in the name and find it.

By Adam Green

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WhatsApp Can Now Re-Download Deleted Media; No More Storage Woes?

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How to get deleted WhatsApp media back

This new feature appears to be working on deleted images, gifs, documents, video, and audio files, which means you can get back whatever you had deleted previously. We aren’t sure how much space this trick could potentially save you, but at least accidental removal from local memory would no longer be a problem as you can always get them back.

Remember, this won’t work if you have removed the message that carries the media inside WhatsApp itself for obvious security reasons. Once a message – whether text or media – is removed from the app, it should be gone for good. However, if you have only removed the files from your phone’s memory, the app can still get them back for you.

We have written to WhatsApp to confirm how exactly this works and will update this piece when we hear back. But in the meantime, you can start decluttering your Android phones from all the unwanted images and files that you might never need. But if you do need them again, you can always get them back.

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How to watch YouTube in PiP mode on any Android smartphone

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Google has started rolling out its latest Android 8.0 Oreo version in the market and it has reached few smartphones users till now. It comes with lots of new features and bug fixes too. One of the most useful features in this iteration of Android Oreo is its PiP (Picture in Picture) Mode.

However, we are not sure about most of the apps, these apps –YouTube, VLC, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Duo, Google Maps, and Chrome supports this feature. Below are the steps you can follow to watch youtube in PiP mode.

Step 1: First off, launch the YouTube app on your mobile.

Step 2: Now select a video to watch and tap on it so that it plays.

Step 3:
 Once it started playing, tap on the home button upon which the video player should shrink down in size

Step 4: As it is small now, you can the video window around your display, play/pause the video, skip to the next video.

Step 5: Also, to reopen the application, you can tap on the center icon to reopen the YouTube application

Step 6: Once you are done watching, you can simply swipe down the player to close it.

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4 Tips You Should Know to Selecting the Best Music Downloader For Your Android Phone

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Music is food for the soul. Listening to the latest tracks from your favorite artists when relaxing on the beach will make the holiday perfect. For others, it is the ultimate way to enjoy a ride to and from work, refresh old memories, rekindle lost love, and remain in the best mood. But wait a minute! The lovely tracks you cherish so much might not be there next time you visit YouTube or preferred streaming service. This is because the music is under the control of other parties.

  • The artist might decide to pull the song or video down from the service
  • The streaming service might institute new policies that force some songs removed from the lists
  • The online services and databases can be attacked by cyber criminals bringing down the network or damaging the tracks
  • The music site can become unavailable during maintenance or when shifting to new domains

The best way to be in full control of your music and take entertainment to the next level is downloading and storing into the drive. Here are top four tips for selecting the best music downloader for your Android phone.

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Turning Your Android Phone into a Webcam: How To Do It

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Have you ever been dissatisfied with the low-quality webcam that your laptop was shipped with? Apart from the very latest laptops, the tiny cameras on notebooks seem almost like an afterthought. Here’s how you can turn your Android phone into a functional webcam…

  • First of all, you need to install an app from the Play store. There are a few apps that can turn your phone into webcam.
  • Set up a user ID and password, which is good for the phone webcam’s privacy and security.
  • At this point, go to your computer and open up your web browser. Browse to the phone webcam’s IP address. Simply type in the complete IP address (with the port) at the address bar and hit enter.

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Amazon FreeTime comes to Android phones and tablets

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Amazon’s FreeTime service, which includes access to curated kid-friendly content and various parental controls, is now arriving on Android devices with the launch of a new FreeTime Android app. The app offers parents a similar set of parental controls as those found on Amazon’s Fire tablet devices, as well as a handpicked selection of over 40,000 YouTube videos and websites that have been deemed safe for kids through the FreeTime web browser.

Parents will also be able to upgrade to FreeTime Unlimited for $2.99 per month for an expanded selection of content, if the parent is a Prime member. If not, the price is $4.99 per month – as it is for the Fire tablet version of the service.

This upgraded selection includes over 10,000 age-appropriate books and videos from brands like Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, PBS Kids, HarperCollins, Sesame Street, Simon & Schuster, and others.

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