How to access your Android phone’s texts and photos in Windows 10

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You just took a photo or screenshot on your Android phone and want to use it on your Windows 10 computer; or, maybe you texted someone on your phone and would like to continue the conversation on your computer. You can do both courtesy of Microsoft’s Your Phone feature.

By pairing your phone with Windows and setting up the Your Phone Companion app, you can view and access recent photos and get your text messages. Android 7.0 or higher is required to use the Your Phone app; on the PC, Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Version 1803) or higher is required.

The initial setup process can be tricky, and for now, this works only with Android devices (sorry, iPhone users). But once everything is in place, you should find this an effective way to grab photos and messages from your Android phone at your Windows 10 computer.

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Delete these apps from your Android phone

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Take a peek at your Android apps. Yes, all of them. I counted mine. I have 81 apps on my phone. Do I need all of those apps? I’m pretty sure the answer is “no.” If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, then it’s time to delete some apps.

There are a host of good reasons to clean out your apps. You can free up storage space, toss out problem apps and even remove some attention-seeking apps that eat up your free time.

Delete social media apps from your Android phone

It’s OK if you can’t live without Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, but if you’re bothered by how much time you spend staring at those apps on your phone, then it might be time to take a new approach.

Facebook is the app that stands out here. Some users have complained that it’s a battery hog, but part of the problem may be tied to your usage habits. You can delete the app and still access Facebook through your browser. I tried this out as an experiment to see if I would miss it. I didn’t. I still check in on Facebook using Chrome on my phone, but it’s more purposeful. I no longer mindlessly tap on the Facebook app to randomly scroll through my feed.

Delete apps that track you without permission

There is an unfortunate history of apps that collect information on users in an underhanded way. The Uber app was famously busted for this sort of behaviour in 2017. Research group AppCensus issued a warning in February 2019 about a group of Android apps that were tracking users while skimming around Google privacy policies concerning collecting data for advertising purposes.

Some of the apps called out by AppCensus at the time included Clean Master, Temple Run 2, Angry Birds Classic and Cooking Fever. While Google tries to stay on top of violations, it’s always going to be a moving target.

Delete Android apps you don’t use

It’s easy to download an app and then forget about it. That doesn’t mean it has to sit there forever. You can find out which apps have been hiding out by opening the Google Play Store app. Tap on the three bars in the corner and on “My apps & Games.” Tap on the Installed tab and look for the sorting feature, which is usually set to alphabetical. Tap on this and change it to Last Used.

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The 10 best apps for your new Android phone

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You’ve just unwrapped a new Android phone, logged in, typed in a hundred passwords, downloaded all the big social apps, and synced all the things that need syncing. Now it’s time to fill your phone up with everything else: the apps for reading, for getting things done, and for having fun. You probably have some ideas of your own, but we’ve got a bunch of suggestions, too. Here are 10 great Android apps that are definitely worth installing.

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How to convert your Android phone into a webcam for your PC

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An out of focus or blurred video feed is the last thing that you’d want when you’re on a meeting or when you’re talking to your friends. Once you find something to prop your device on, you are good to go. There are phone cases that come equipped with stands that allow you to prop up your device to allow for easy recording. If not, you can always opt for a tripod designed for smartphones as well. Coming back to using your smartphone as a webcam, the following methods can be used for the purpose:

1) DroidCam Wireless Webcam

There are two parts to this solution, the Android app that is available on Play Store (a premium version is available as well) and the desktop counterpart, available from Dev47Apps for Windows and Linux.

After you have installed the app, go to your PC, download, unzip and run the file. Follow all the onscreen instructions.

After you have launched the app, you will see a prompt where you can input the IP address for your DroidCam. This will be quite easy to find, all you have to do is run the app and you will get the IP address and the port number. On the desktop client, you can adjust the video quality and choose from low, normal and high.

You can use the USB cable that came with your phone as well. When you’re ready to begin, click Start to begin streaming. The app will now begin to transmit the images from your phone’s camera to your computer. For the devices that have two cameras. Click on the Settings button on the mobile app and choose the right box to switch to the camera that you want to use.

2) IP Webcam

IP Webcam is available on Play Store as well. A premium upgrade is available as well. Download the PC viewer from ip-webcam.appspot.com.

You will have to watch the output through your web browser. It only works for Chrome or Firefox. So, it is best if Windows users stay away from Edge and Internet Explorer. You will need to use the http://[IP ADDRESS]:8080/videofeed address if you wish to view the feed. You will be able to find the correct IP address on your phone’s display.

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How to make an old Android phone feel new again

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So summon your inner mechanic and get ready: It’s time to give that old Android phone a much-needed tune-up — and a fresh lease on life.

Step 1: Clean up your storage

First things first: Let’s take a look at that local storage. Lots of phones have limited local space, and clearing out the clutter can go a long way in making things run better.

The easiest way to get your house in order is with a one-two punch: First, open up Google Photos (or if your phone is old enough that it didn’t come with Photos preinstalled, go download it from the Play Store and thenopen it).

Tap the menu icon in the app’s upper-left corner, select “Settings,” then select “Back up & sync” and activate the toggle that appears. (If the toggle was already activated when you got there, congrats! Take a victory sip of the nearest beverage and jump ahead to the next paragraph.) Follow the steps to set up syncing and then wait while Photos backs up your entire image and video collection to the cloud.

Step 2: Get rid of unused apps

The second step in our phone rehabilitation process is saying so long to apps you no longer need. Such items eat up space on your local storage (remember step 1?) and also have the potential to slow down your device by running in the background and using up resources.

The Files Go app we just installed is an excellent starting point for figuring out what to eliminate. On its main screen, you should see a card labeled “Unused apps” that lists every program you haven’t opened in at least four weeks. Tap it and scan through the list. In my experience, it sometimes gets things wrong — for instance, it might include a keyboard app that you haven’t technically “opened” (as in, touched the icon in your app drawer) but most certainly have used — but if nothing else, it’ll get you thinking about what you do and don’t actually need.

With that knowledge in mind, mosey over to the “Apps” section of your system settings, look for the command to view all of your installed apps, and look carefully through the complete list. With each app, ask yourself: Have I even thought about this within the last few months? If not, then you probably don’t need it. Tap it, then tap the “Uninstall” button — and move on with your life.

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7 great ways to customize your Android phone

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A new smartphone is a blank slate. You change the wallpaper, download your favorite apps, add a cool case, and eventually your smartphone becomes unique to you. When it comes to Android phones, there are some easy ways to really make it your own.

Customizing your Android phone can mean a lot of things. It’s about the look of the phone, as well as how it functions.

Some people choose to root their phones in the quest for customization. This is a process that gives you deep access to the operating system. It gives the user a lot of power over the phone, but has certain risks and can void the warranty. We’ll leave that one up to power users and instead focus on what you can do without rooting.

Keep in mind that different versions of the Android operating systems can have different settings and options, so you may need to hunt around a little to get to the right place to make some of these customizations.

1. Decorate with wallpaper

If you’re still rocking the background your phone came with, then it’s time to pick a look that’s a little more you. To change the background, hold down on a blank space on your home screen and select “Wallpapers” when it pops up at the bottom. Here, you can change the look for both your home screen and lock screen from a variety of options covering everything from landscapes to cityscapes to geometric shapes. You can also select from your own photos for a truly custom appearance.

2. Add widgets

Widgets are little programs that hang out on and run from your home screen. They’re different from full-fledged apps, and are an incredibly convenient way to make your home screen more useful. You can access your widgets settings in the same way you change your wallpapers. Touch and hold down on a blank spot on your home screen and choose “Widgets.”

3. Install a launcher

If you really want to shake up your Android layout, then look to a new launcher to change your icons and personalize the look of your home screen, making it as minimal or as fancy as you like. It’s like giving your phone a fashion makeover.

You can browse the Google Play store to find a launcher to your liking. Not sure where to start? Check out the highly rated Nova Launcher, which gives you options for a scrollable dock, custom grids for your apps and widgets, and endless choices for icon themes. The standard version is free while the upgraded Prime version costs $4.99.

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Here are some tips to customize your Android phone

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Android is an operating system that allows users to make changes and transform their devices by modifying the operating system code, and there are no licensing fees. Many devices come with pre-installed apps from Google, but Android users do not have to make use of these apps. They may install similar apps on their devices for accessing their email, messaging, playing at Lucky Nugget casino Canada, and for media players.

Easy-to-use Google

In order to make use of Android, users will need to have a Google account and this means Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube and Google Maps and so much more. It is probably easier to sort out a Google account using a PC and then sign in to the device, as using a larger screen and keyboard is much easier. Google comes with a system used for contacts and keeps them in Gmail on a desktop browser.

For users who may have many contacts to manage, it is a good idea to import them into Google contacts and manage them from there. Using a PC to manage these contacts is easier and quicker. For users who have their contacts stored in another format, it is possible to import them to Google and also scan for any duplicates. Users can also check back now and again from their PC and manage their contacts.

Manage sounds and notifications

All new phones usually come with a range of sounds, and besides being annoying, they also make the phone slower. Users should decide what sounds they need and get rid of unwanted sounds and notifications. On standard Android phones, it is quite simple to turn off screen locking, keyboard sounds and vibrate. Different phone manufacturers will have these settings in different places and will often change them as new phones are released, so users may have to look in different places on different phones, some phones will have a sounds section while others will have sounds and notifications.

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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.

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