An essential guide to customizing your Android phone

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Wallpaper wonder

Every phone or tablet comes a selection of wallpapers — images for your home screen or lock screen background that give your device a bit of personality. But often times those wallpapers don’t reflect your personality. We need to change that. Wallpapers are the most basic building block of Android theming, and changing your wallpaper can change the way your entire home screen feels. If you take nothing else away from our guide here, I implore you, pleaseGET A NEW WALLPAPER.

Whether that means browsing Google’s Wallpapers app, finding an artist you like on Deviantart or just browsing through some of our wallpaper roundups, I guarantee you that there’s a wallpaper out there that speaks more to you and your style than the default wallpaper your phone came with. You can even set one of your photos as a wallpaper, be a picture you snapped on a vacation or a silly snapshot of the grandkids.

It can be anything in the world or out of our world, just long-press your home screen and set a new wallpaper.

Launchers and layouts

The app that we use to organize and launch apps on an Android device is called a launcher. Every phone ships with one on it, though some are better than others. Most launchers consist of one or more home screens — where you can put the apps and widgets you use most, a dock — where you can keep your most-used apps visible and accessible from each home screen, and an app drawer — where all of your apps are kept for easy access and organization. The launcher is what you use to put your apps where you want, and the layout is how you have apps and widgets laid out on your home screens.

Your phone might have come with a clock widget and some pre-installed apps covering the first few home screens, and you can delete these items to make room for things you actually do want. You can also consolidate apps on your home screen into folders by pressing and dragging one app icon over another. Folders look better in some launchers than others, but there’s no denying how functional they can be in helping keep the apps you use close by. Switching up your layout is a really easy way to shake up your launcher experience.

BY ARA WAGONER

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How to Install Windows OS on Android Phone

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With this below steps, you can install Window XP/7/8/8.1/10 on an android tablet or android phone. You can do this if your smartphones run on Android KitKat, Lollipop or even android marshmallow.

Things needed

  • Android Phone or tablet
  • PC or Laptop.
  • Change My Software. (Download from http://ow.ly/xTBl309o8fd)
  • Mcent free recharging app for the PC
  • Xender file transferring app for your PC

Steps

Step 1: From your Android device go to Settings -> Developer options -> Turn on USB debugging. If you didn’t find it, go to ‘About Phone’, head on to ‘Build Number’, tap on it continuously till you see a message saying ‘You are now a developer’.

Step 2:
 Now download the ‘Change my Software’ from the link mentioned above.

Step 3: Once downloaded, connect the device to your PC, and launch ‘Change My Software’.

Step 4:
 Now, select Android -> Windows (8/8.1/7/XP) to install the windows on your Android device.

Step 5: Click continue and choose a language if asked

Step 6: Once you select the language, the windows driver download will automatically start. When it is completed, click on the “Install” button.

Step 7: You will get an option ‘Remove Android’. If you want to dual boot it, you can ignore the message, if not tap on the option there itself.

Step 8: 
Wait till the process gets done on your device. If the files have been installed, the device will automatically reboot.

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Speed up you Ageing Android Phone with these Handy Tips

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This might sound familiar to most Android phone users — what was once a beast in terms of performance, starts getting sluggish. The interface starts stuttering, apps take longer to open. Some would blame the phone maker for deliberately slowing it down to make you buy the newest product. The simpler explanation is that yesterday’s smartphone hardware just isn’t powerful enough to handle the increasing complexity of today’s software.

Whatever the reason, here are a few tweaks that could get your old phone to behave faster than it.

REDUCE ANIMATION SPEEDS

This is the easiest way to see a noticeable improvement to the interface speed. First, you’ll need to enable “Developer Options”. Go to Settings > About and look for “Build Number” (it could be hidden inside a menu called “Software Info” on some phones). Tap it seven times to enable the hidden developer menu. Now, go back to Settings and you should see “Developer Options” near the “About” option. Select it and scroll down to find the following three options: “Window animation scale”, “Transition animation scale”, and “Animator duration scale”. Choose each of these options and select “Animation scale 0.5x” on all three. Doing this should show an immediate improvement in interface swiftness. You can turn the animations off entirely also if you prefer.

CLEAR MORE SPACE

Rule of thumb — you should have at least a couple of gigabytes of free space on your phone for smooth functioning. A quick way to make space on your phone is to clear photos, videos, WhatsApp media and other downloaded media from the Gallery app. A painless way is by installing Google Photos, letting it back up the media you want and then using the “Make Free Space” feature from the side-menu.

Apps use your phone’s internal memory to temporarily store files for efficient functioning — this is referred to as cache. But this cache starts piling up over a period of time, consuming gigabytes of your phone’s storage. Clear cache by going to Settings > Storage and find an option called “Cached data”. Click it and confirm deletion of cached data. Just remember to not do this often; those cache files are useful for apps to quickly load its contents instead of rendering them over and over.

By Rohan Naravane

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Hidden tricks you didn’t know your Android phone could do

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A quick note before we begin: Android has a wide variety of makes, models, and versions, which makes it more difficult to find features that will be consistent across all devices. We only verified the following tips on stock Android 7.0 Nougat—they should also work on related systems, but some of the menus and procedures may vary slightly.

1. Cast your Android screen

For a number of years, you’ve been able to broadcast your Android phone or tablet’s display to the larger screen of a television using a Chromecast. In addition to beaming video from all the usual movie and TV apps, this streaming device can mirror your phone. Take advantage of a mirroring shortcut in the Quick Settings pane, which you access by dragging down from the top of the screen with two fingers. You should find a Cast option in this menu.

2. Run apps side-by-side

One of the new features added in Android 7.0 Nougat is the option to run apps side-by-side or one above the other. This view comes in handy when you want to display photos, optimize your social networking, or multitask, although it’s a bit too laggy for gaming.

To set it up, tap the Overview button (the square icon below the screen) button, and choose which of your recently used apps you want to see. Then, hold and drag that app’s title bar to the top or left of the display. Finally, choose another open app to appear alongside or under it.

3. Make text and images more visible

If you’re struggling to see what’s on the screen—or, alternatively, if you want to cram as much content as possible onto the display and don’t mind doing a bit of squinting along the way—you can zoom in or out on text and objects. Not all the apps will respond to these adjustments, but most of them will.

By David Nield

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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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What to Do If You Forget Your Android Phone’s PIN, Pattern, or Password

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Android normally secures your device by demanding a PIN, pattern, or full password. Your phone isn’t useless if you forget the unlock code — you can bypass it and get back in.

As Google tightens security, this has become more difficult on modern versions of Android. But there’s always a way to make your phone usable again, as long as you remember your Google account’s username and its password.

By: Chris Hoffman

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What To Do When Your Android Phone is Stolen

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Your Android phone is a little of everything: a photo album, a diary, a wallet, a gaming machine, a bank account, and more all rolled together in one convenient, Web-connected device. Unfortunately, that same convenience means that any enterprising thief could not only get your phone, but access to everything on it as well.

What To Do If You’ve Already Lost Your Android
As with the Apple-centric companion piece to this article, let’s start with the worst-case scenario: Your Android phone is already missing and you haven’t secured your device with a passcode or set up Android Device Manager —Google’s baked-in anti-theft tool.

 

By: MAX EDDY

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Things to do with your new Android phone

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You’ve just unwrapped your very first Android phone. Congratulations! As Obi-Wan Kenobi would say, “you’ve taken your first steps into a larger world.” Android is a personal and powerful experience. You’ve probably done a few obvious things already, like sign into your WiFi and install Facebook, but there’s so much more you can do. Here are some of the first things you should do with your shiny new phone.

One of the first things you’re going to want to do is open the Google Play Store and download apps. Without apps, a smartphone is just a phone. You already know about the basics: Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, YouTube, etc. Below you will find some other apps that are worth a look

By Joe Fedewa

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