9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Android Device

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It’s very likely that you’re reading this article on an Android phone since Android runs on most of the smartphones in the world. If that’s the case, you’re holding a powerful tool in your hand.

But Android doesn’t always make it easy for users to unlock its full potential. Smartphone manufacturers can, after all, reconfigure their operating systems however they want or equip them with additional software. That’s why Android user interfaces don’t always look the same.

Whereas Apple does its best to make sure that every iPhone is running the latest version of iOS, 70 percent of Android users are still using Android 6 (Marshmallow) or older. The latest version of the operating system, Android 8 (Oreo), was released in 2017.

That’s why we’re going to show you some tips that will help you get the most out of your Android, even if you don’t have the latest Android device.

Developer mode: controlling your phone with precision

The developer mode is a sort of cheat code for your phone, but the interface is hidden from normal users. To activate it, you have to go into Settings/About Phone and tap “Build Number” seven times. Only then will you see the hidden settings.

With developer mode, you’re able to change the user interface. For example, you can reconfigure your phone to grayscale, meaning everything on the screen will be displayed in black and white. The theory is that stripping the colors from your apps will make you less tempted to check them obsessively. The Center for Humane Technology promotes grayscale for a more mindful use of social media.

You can also turn off animations in developer mode. Android always uses fragments of a second to fade windows in and out. It might look nice, but it also takes time. You can change this under: Developer options, Window animation scale, Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale.

By Sebastian Meineck

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Five Ways to Take Screenshots on Samsung’s Latest Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

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Five ways to take screenshot on Galaxy S9 and S9+

Doing away with the hard home button since its last flagship device, Samsung is actually making it easier to take screenshot on Galaxy S9. While the Home + Power button combo may no longer work, Samsung now uses the combo that every other Android has been forever using. Follow this guide for all the ways you can use to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 or S9+.

1- The old-fashioned key combo, slightly tweaked

You can take screenshots on Galaxy S9 or its bigger sibling by using the hardware buttons or using gestures. If you want to take a screenshot using hardware keys, you will be using what other Android (except for Samsung) phones have been doing since forever.

  1. Open the screen or app that you want to capture. This could be any screen in your smartphone, inside an app or even the home screen.
  2. Press and hold Power and Volume Down keys together.

Your phone will do a little buzz to confirm the screenshot. You will also see a quick animation and can access the latest screenshot from the notification bar. Or, you can view all of the screenshots from Pictures > Screenshots.

2- Take screenshots on Galaxy S9 or S9+ using gestures

Taking a screenshot with hardware keys sounds old school to you? You can also use gestures to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy S9. Once used to this, you will never go back to the awkward use of Power+Whatever-key combo.

  • Activate gestures: go to Settings > Advanced features. 
  • Enable Palm swipe to capture.

Once you have activated, you can now grab a screenshot on Galaxy S9 using gestures.

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Use These 10 Tips and Tricks on Gmail Android App to Improve your Email Game

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It goes without saying that staying on top of emails is an essential part of our personal and professional life. However, easier said than done, this becomes difficult over time – especially on phones – given the small real estate and somewhat limited options on the Gmail Android app.

However, let that not deter you from making the most of your smartphone and the Gmail app as it also has an amazing array of features that you can customize to improve your email game.

1. Auto-advance

Have a lot of unread emails? Sort them easily using the Auto-Advance feature.

Available under General Settings, this nifty feature will take you to the next email once you’ve archived or deleted the one you are viewing, saving you from the agony of going back and opening a new email.

2. More Labels

It goes without saying that Labels help us to improve productivity on Gmail. More the number of labels, easier it is to manage emails.

So, whether it’s a newsletter or some projects, all you need to do is create a label and let the app do the magic for you.

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8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse

Android now accounts for the vast majority of commercial smartphone shipments, according to market intelligence firm IDC, with more than two-thirds of all global enterprise-oriented purchases in the first quarter of 2017. Out of the box, though, a typical Android phone is anything but optimized for productivity.

Power up most popular phones, and you’ll find ineffective home screens, mediocre keyboards and all sorts of untapped potential. But all it takes is a little tweaking to go from unrefined gizmo to finely tuned work companion.

Follow these eight steps, and your Android phone will be primed for productivity and ready for business.

1. Optimize your home screen

One of the simplest and most impactful ways to improve your phone’s effectiveness is to focus on its foundation: the home screen. Your home screen is the first thing you see when you unlock your device, and it’s the launching point for practically everything you do. Yet for most people, it’s a cluttered and inefficient mess — and that, suffice it to say, is counterproductive.

It helps to think of your home screen as a toolbox. If you were preparing to perform a home repair job, you’d want to be able to find the tools you use the most with a minimal amount of thought and effort. Were your toolbox a disorganized mess, you’d waste valuable time digging around every time you opened it.

Your home screen is no different. And unlike iOS, Android doesn’t limit you to a static grid of square icons. You can lay things out in any way that works best for you, employing a mix of app shortcuts, widgets and — critically — blank space.

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Boost Android game performance with these apps and tips

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Whether you’re trying to play a new game like Final Fantasy 15 for your Android or any other modern app, you might notice your device slow down a little. This is often the case with older devices, but some new smartphones and tablets can suffer from this as well. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to boost your gaming performance with some simple tips and tricks. This will help you get higher scores and do better than ever with your favorite mobile games.

Booster Apps

Booster apps are perhaps the best way to improve performance because they require little effort and make a huge difference. The modern version of Android has a tool that frees up RAM and clears out hard drive space, and it’s very efficient. You can easily improve performance without apps. At the same time, you’ll notice an even bigger difference with booster apps. These programs squeeze even more power out of your device by making sure it’s a blank slate before you launch your game.

One of the most popular apps in this niche is Dr. Booster, but there are plenty of others that do a great job and they won’t cost you a penny.

Change Developer Options

App developers get a lot of tools that you normally don’t have access to, and one of them, in particular, will boost your gaming to new heights. First of all, you have to enable developer options by becoming a developer. This doesn’t mean that you have to pay any registration fees, nor does it mean that you even have to do any coding. You just have to enable these tools.

Go to your Android’s “Settings” page and then select “About Device.” Scroll down and you will see an item labeled “Build Number.” Tap it a few times and you will gain access to developer options. Enable the “Force 4x MSAA” option and your device will render all games in the highest possible quality and dedicate as much resources as possible to that app.

The only problem with this option is that it drains your battery very quickly. Turn it off whenever you’re done playing to conserve power.

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5 settings to change for better battery life on EMUI 5

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The following tips should help you maximize the battery life of any Huawei device running EMUI 5.0, be it an Honor 6XMate 9, or MediaPad tablet.

Most of what we will cover below is found in the EMUI 5 Settings app under Battery, which makes sense, of course. If a setting is found outside of that section, we will point it out.

1. Auto-close apps when locked

Rogue apps running in the background will almost always be an area to check when it comes to battery drain. Huawei gives you the option to force close background apps each and every time you lock your EMUI 5 device.

Select the option titled Close apps after screen lock in the Battery settings to view a list of all installed apps on your device, as well as adjust whether you want the app to be closed automatically.

2. Power Intensive Apps

EMUI 5.0 provides a list of apps that are using, well, a lot of power. When you open this section of Battery settings, a list of apps that are currently running in the background will fill in. Sometimes there will be only one, other times the list will go on and on.

You can kill any of the apps listed by checking the box to the right, then tap Close at the bottom of the screen.

Tap on the app name itself to adjust whether or not you want to be alerted when it’s using too much power, as well as indicate if you want it to force close at screen lock.

BY JASON CIPRIANI

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Tips on How to Save Battery Life on Your Android Smartphone

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In this day and age, almost all of us already own smartphones for everyday use. It is estimated that in 2017, there are more than 1.6 billion Android devices used by the people around the world, which is equivalent to 87.5% of the total global mobile operating system market. So it’s just safe to say that the majority use Android over Apple’s iOS.

But regardless of the operating system, a common problem when it comes to smartphone use is the battery drain. Most devices have batteries which can only last, when fully charged, at least three hours or a day at most depending on the usage. So the question begs: how can one make an Android smartphone’s battery last longer?

Here is a guide: Use black wallpaper Not so many know that using dark-colored background actually enables savings in battery life, especially if your smartphone has an AMOLED screen. When you have an AMOLED screen, the colored pixels are illuminated while the black pixels are unlit. This means that by using a black wallpaper, you do not need much power to light your screen due to the absence of colored pixels.

Use black wallpaper

Not so many know that using dark-colored background actually enables savings in battery life, especially if your smartphone has an AMOLED screen. When you have an AMOLED screen, the colored pixels are illuminated while the black pixels are unlit. This means that by using a black wallpaper, you do not need much power to light your screen due to the absence of colored pixels.

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8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse

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Android now accounts for the vast majority of commercial smartphone shipments, according to market intelligence firm IDC, with more than two-thirds of all global enterprise-oriented purchases in the first quarter of 2017. Out of the box, though, a typical Android phone is anything but optimized for productivity.

Power up most popular phones, and you’ll find ineffective home screens, mediocre keyboards and all sorts of untapped potential. But all it takes is a little tweaking to go from unrefined gizmo to finely tuned work companion.

Follow these eight steps, and your Android phone will be primed for productivity and ready for business.

1. Optimize your home screen

One of the simplest and most impactful ways to improve your phone’s effectiveness is to focus on its foundation: the home screen. Your home screen is the first thing you see when you unlock your device, and it’s the launching point for practically everything you do. Yet for most people, it’s a cluttered and inefficient mess — and that, suffice it to say, is counterproductive.

It helps to think of your home screen as a toolbox. If you were preparing to perform a home repair job, you’d want to be able to find the tools you use the most with a minimal amount of thought and effort. Were your toolbox a disorganized mess, you’d waste valuable time digging around every time you opened it.

Your home screen is no different. And unlike iOS, Android doesn’t limit you to a static grid of square icons. You can lay things out in any way that works best for you, employing a mix of app shortcuts, widgets and — critically — blank space.

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