Every Android Auto user should tweak these three settings

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No doubt it makes your driving experience pleasant, but if you expect more from Android Auto, then you must check the following tweaks to make it even better.

1. Force Day or Night Mode

With default settings, Android Auto automatically switches between day and night modes. In case you want to use the dark or light theme all the time, then you need to alter the Android Auto developer settings.

Similar to Android smartphone developer options, Android Auto also has a secret menu with additional settings. Here’s how you can enable it:

  1. Launch the Android Auto app on your phone and select About – available on the left menu.
  2. Now, you need to tap on the About Android Auto heading approximately ten times, and you will see a dialog box with a message which reads “Allow Development settings.” Here, tap on OK to enable it. Next, tap on the Menu (three-dot) button and select Developer settings.
  3. Under Developer Settings, you will explore various new options. Here, you need to tap on Day/Night to switch between phone-controlled and car-controlled settings.

2. Autolaunch

With default settings, you have to manually launch Android Auto whenever you enter the car to enjoy the services. If you’re one who wants Android Auto to start automatically, then the Autolaunch option is what you need to look at.

  1. In the Android Auto app, select Settings – available on the left menu.
  2. Next, head over to “Phone screen settings” section and select Autolaunch.
  3. Here, you need to move the Autolaunch toggle button to the ONposition.



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Why is My Phone So Slow?

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A slow-running phone will make your life a misery – sending a text turns into a minute-long debacle as your messages app crashes and, with your phone grinding to a halt, you think “It’s 2018, there must be a better way!”

Fortunately, there is. With the simple fixes we’ll outline below, as well as specific remedies for aging iOS and Android devices, your phone will be feeling as good as new in no time.

Don’t put up with a slow phone. We explain how to speed up your phone in no time at all.

If you’ve tried all the fixes below and still had no luck, you may want to consider an upgrade.

How to Speed Up a Slow Phone

Despite the hotly-contested differences between iOS and Android phones, the essential functioning of both systems is similar. As such, there some general tips that will help you recover the oomph your phone loses over time.

Clear Your Phone’s Cache

There’s a good chance that you use your phone for browsing the internet more than you use your actual computer. This means your phone’s web browser, whether that’s Chrome, Safari or Opera, is storing loads of data. Deleting it can save you storage space, and speed up your phone’s browser, too.

Clear the Cache on an iPhone

To clear the cache, tap Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data

If you just want to clear the website data collected, you’ll need to tap Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data > Remove all website data

Clear Cache for Android (using Chrome)

This is using the Chrome app, if you use an alternative browser, the steps might be different Open Chrome > More (the three vertically-aligned dots) > History > Clear browsing data > Select time period. Then, check the boxes next to “Cookies and site data” and“Cached files and images” > Clear Data

How to Update Your Phone’s Operating System

You might hear some people complain about updates to their phone’s operating system. Perhaps they don’t like the new design, or they’re annoyed it’ll take up more storage on their phones.

However, each iteration of Android or iOS comes with improvements to the speed and security features, plus bug fixes that can have a speed boost.

By Tom Fogden

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5 best new features of Android Pie

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Google likes to name its mobile operating systems by way of an alphabet letter combined with a sweet treat. The last system was Android Oreo, but we’re now welcoming a new kid to the block with Android P, now officially called Android 9 Pie.

Android Pie represents a major overhaul for the OS. While there’s plenty of advancement under the hood, Android users will really notice a difference when it comes to the system’s new gesture navigation system and new user interface features.

Android Pie will slowly make its way out to eligible phones. It’s currently available for Pixel devices for starters, but will be coming soon to others. Many older phones will likely never see the update, but most recently made phones should eventually get the new features.

While Android P offers a host of improvements, we’ve picked out five important ones to highlight. Just keep in mind these features may not be available on all Pie-running phones right away.

1. A new home button

The little icons at the bottom of your Android screen are getting a major makeover for Pie. Say goodbye to the little square in the right-hand corner. With Android P, you will see an elongated, pill-shaped icon in the bottom center that acts a new, fancier version of the home button. Swipe up from the bottom to view your recent apps. To switch apps, just swipe right on the home button.

One thing will remain the same: tapping on the new home button will take you back to your home screen at any time. The home button change is designed to make it easier to navigate your phone with one hand, especially as smartphones keep getting longer.

By Amanda Kooser

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Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth vs. USB tethering: Which is best for you?

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You have your laptop open and ready. You need to answer some emails or complete a work assignment, but there’s no Wi-Fi in sight. This could end up being a frustrating situation, but there’s a simple workaround that can get you online in a jiffy.

All you need is a device, either Apple or Android, with a cellular connection. The connections are slightly different depending on the device you use.

The first thing you have to do is set up your personal hotspot. Apple and Android mobile devices can share their data connections just like a Wi-Fi hotspot. That means you can get your laptop online and enjoy working with a full keyboard rather than tapping with your thumbs. Your  personal hotspot feature can also come in handy when you don’t want to use your computer on an unknown or unsecured Wi-Fi network.

By Amanda Kooser

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Hidden feature of VLC for Android to help you master

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In this post today, we have decided to explore every hidden corner and feature of VLC for Android to help you master this cool app. You may already know some of these tricks, but why take the chance and miss out on all the cool ones?

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

One of the most important factors that decide the usability of a video player is its interface. The simpler the interface, easier it is to master the app. Let’s start at the very basic — gestures.

1. Gestures: Positioning Perfection

Touch-based Controls or Gestures are one of the most awesome features of VLC. The fact that you don’t have to revert to the phone’s native controls for volume or brightness is a big plus point.

So, if you have to lower/increase the volume, gently slide your finger down/up on the right side of the screen. To increase/decrease the brightness levels, swipe up/down on the left edge of the screen.

By default, you can scrub through the video by a simple horizontal swipe. Aside from that, most of the video-related controls are below the seek bar.

2. Master Child-Lock & Playback Speed, and More

Other than gestures, there are a bunch of miscellaneous options to add to your movie experience. Just tap on the three-dot icon and they will be visible immediately.

The first element is the Child Lock option. So, if you have an over-enthusiastic kid, tapping on Child Lock will lock all the other elements in the interface. However, the unlocking doesn’t need any password/PIN to unlock, which can be bit of a bummer.


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Charging habits to maximize battery life

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Unfortunately, battery capacity inevitably declines with age. However, there are things you can do to prolong the life of your battery and handset. If you’ve ever wondered what the best way to charge your battery is, here are some scientifically proven tips for maximizing battery life.

Partial charging is the way to go

One particularly persistent battery myth is that you need to occasionally fully discharge and recharge to erase “battery memory.” This couldn’t be more wrong for lithium-ion batteries. It’s a leftover myth from lead-acid cells, and is actually quite undesirable to charge your modern smartphone in this way.

Partial charging is just fine for lithium-ion batteries and can actually have some positive benefits for cell longevity. To understand why, it’s important to appreciate how a battery charges. When closer to empty, Li-ion batteries draw in a constant current and operate at a lower voltage. This voltage gradually increases as the cell charges up, leveling off at around a 70 percent charge before the current begins to fall until the capacity is full.

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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 find the camera sensor model number of your Android smartphone

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With thousands of smartphones floating in the market, it is critical for us to compare these smartphones before buying a buying a smartphone to make sure that you are buying the best device. You can compare the performance of the Android smartphones with the help of benchmark scores which are often released by consumer remotes.

The similar concept was borrowed for evaluating the performance of individual Android smartphones with the support of benchmarking apps. These benchmarking apps give you a complete detailed report about the performance of your Android smartphones. Information like the processor in which the smartphone is running, the RAM and the storage capacity, all can be extracted through benchmarking apps.

Popular benchmarking apps like Geekbench give you complete details about your information. Such information includes the number of cores which are present in CPU, the current clock rate of all the clocks present in the smartphone. One thing that should be noted is that such benchmarking apps don’t give you any information about the battery capacity of the phone and also the information about camera sensor.

The question that now stands if such benchmarking apps don’t provide you with the details of the camera sensor, how will you find the camera sensor model of your Android smartphone? But before answering that question, it is crucial for you to know why should you know about the camera sensor. Why should you know about the camera sensor? Most of the time while buying a smartphone, to know about the camera, the only thing that we do is check the megapixel of the camera.

The information about the megapixel of the camera only tells you about the sharpness of your camera. However, you should know that the megapixel of the camera doesn’t tell you how good or bad your camera is.

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