How to save photos directly to the micro SD card

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How to use native microSD support from Android 6.0 Marshmallow onwards

Native support for the microSD card is one of the best features that Marshmallow has brought to Android. The configuration is very simple. With this step, we will be able to install applications and directly save the photos we take with the camera.

With Marshmallow you can use the SD natively

Warning: To use a microSD card as internal memory it is highly advisable to have a class as high as possible (Class 10, UHS 1 or UHS 3). The speed of the internal memory will always be greater than the speed of the microSD card. Be careful when passing applications to the microSD card as it can slow down its execution, especially in the case of heavy applications such as games.

Format the microSD card as internal memory from Android 6.0

Insert the microSD card into the slot. Enter Settings> Storage and USB where the removable memory that we just entered will appear. Clicking on it will display the folders it contains. In the upper right part of the drop-down menu that appears when you press the three-point, choose ‘Settings’. Once inside select ‘Format as internal’.

Format the card as internal memory

Formatting will erase all data on the card, so first make a copy of the data you do not want to lose. Once finished the process will ask us if we want to directly pass the photos and some applications to the card. I recommend selecting ‘Transfer later’ and choose calmly to transfer.


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How to get Reading Mode on any Android device

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The grayscale mapping, the bluish light tint and all the other tiny details that are designed to make reading on your Android device an experience that is much more pleasant. While this feature built into the device, there are ways to get them or simulate the reading mode on other devices as well.

1) Developer Options

a) Enable Developer Options on your Android device before proceeding.

b) To enable Developer Options, go to the Android Settings, find About Phone Settings and in the next screen, simultaneously click on the Build Number 7-8 times.

c) After enabling the Developer Options, look for the option called Simulate color space settings. Click on it and then select Monochromacy as your preference. This will allow your device to achieve the grayscale effect which is similar to the one you get in the Reading Mode on One Plus 5. The effect can be disabled in the same way.

2) Google Chrome

a) Access the Google Chrome browser on your Android smartphone and then go to the URL bar and enter chrome://flags,

b) The next thing that you need to find is Reader Mode triggering. All you have to do is open the find option and search for it. Set this to “Always.” Relaunch the browser and you will see the following message “Make page mobile friendly” at the bottom of the webpage. All you have to do is tap on it to open the web page in Reader mode.

By Vishnu Sasidharan

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How to scan documents with your phone

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Despite all the promises of us living in a paperless world, hard copies of documents are still a part of our lives.

Whether it’s signing a new job agreement, sending receipts for expenses, or even sorting out a lease on your house, there are always times we need to quickly turn something physical into something digital.

Yes, you can take a normal photo with your phone, but often these are hard to read and just look, well, rubbish. Luckily, we’re here to show you how to get professional-looking scans on your phone.

This works on both Android and iOS, but we’ve illustrated it using an iPhone.

Step #1: download CamScanner

Head to the App Store on iOS, or Google Play on Android. Then simply search “CamScanner” (all one word) and download that app.

Don’t worry, it’s free!

Step #2: choose the photo source

You can select a photo from your library…

Step #3: snap away!

In this instance, we’re going to take a new photo. So, click on the appropriate icon and allow the app to access your camera.

You’ll see on the bottom of the screen that CamScanner has a range of different modes, but we’re going to take a single shot. I’ve chosen the contents page from William Strunk’s ‘Elements of Style’ as an example.

Now just click that button!

By Callum Booth

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How to take a scrolling screenshot on any Android device

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If you can’t afford to buy a OnePlus phone or a high-end Galaxy device, don’t worry. You can still take advantage of this feature by employing the help of third-party apps from the Google Play Store.

For this tutorial, we’re going to use LongShot, but there are other options like Scroll Capture. Unfortunately this app has a few shortcomings.

Here’s how to use LongShot to take a long screenshot

  1. Open the LongShot app on your device.
  2. Turn the Auto-scroll option in Settings>Accessibility as prompted.
  3. Tap on the Capture Screenshot icon in the app. The following messages should be displayed: “LongShot will start capturing everything that’s displayed on your screen.” Tap Start Now.
  4. Navigate to the page you want to take a screenshot of.
  5. Tap on the floating “Start” green button that has appeared on your display.
  6. Scroll down until satisfied and click above the red line to stop capturing
  7. Edit the resulting screenshot in the app and save it.
  8. From there you can easily Share it.

There’s also the option to use the Capture Web page option, but this feature only allows you to screenshot in the app’s browser.

Scroll Capture is another app you can take long screenshots. However, you can only use it to take a shot in the app’s own browser. On top of that, it takes screenshots of the entire web page, top to bottom and does not let you select certain parts. Although, you can manually crop the parts that interest you afterwards.

How to take a long screenshot in Scroll Capture

  1. Open the app on your device.
  2. Enter the URL of the page you want to take a shot of.
  3. Tap on the purple circular button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Check the long screenshot in your Gallery
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How to Turn Off the Background App Refresh on Android

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Between email updates, text messages, videos, and photos, you’re probably well aware of the fact that your smartphone burns through quite a bit of data every day.

However, what you may not know is that your smartphone could be burning through data for stuff you don’t need, like those apps and services that are constantly running and updating without you knowing it. While one little app probably won’t use very much data, those little apps can add up to a serious drain on your data.

What is Background App Refresh?

Background App Refresh is exactly what its name describes – it allows the apps on your device to automatically search for new information even if they are not actively running on the screen.

Battery dying too quickly? Background App Refresh is not helping.

In addition to being a drain on your data plan, Background App Refresh can also have a negative impact on your phone’s battery life. While the feature can be useful, it’s not likely that you need up-to-date information on each and every installed app on your phone. Limiting the number of apps that you allow to use Background App Refresh will be beneficial to your phone’s battery life. Try turning it off on one of the apps that updates frequently (we’re looking at you, Facebook) and see if you experience any improvements.

If your battery life or data limits are a concern, luckily there’s a quick way to shut off Background App Refresh for some or all of your apps:

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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

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.

By Vishnu Sasidharan

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A standout new Android launcher for ergonomic efficiency

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When we think about Android launchers, we tend to think about programs that add oodles of options into our home screen environments. But a new and still-under-development Android launcher aims to do just the opposite — to strip your home screen down to its bare essentials and turn it into an ultra-efficient launching board for getting where you need to be.

It’s called Niagara Launcher, and while it’s still technically in beta and “unreleased,” it’s available to anyone to download and try out for free from the Play Store. I’ve been using it on my phone for a little while now, and I’ve gotta say: It absolutely is not your average Android launcher. And for plenty of people, that could be a good thing.

At its core, Niagara Launcher is essentially just a single screen. It shows shortcuts to eight favorite apps of your choosing alongside a scrolling list of letters.


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Google Search on Android Loads Repeated Searches Twice as Fast

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Google’s search results on Android now use a web browser technology called Service Worker to cache repeated searches.

By utilizing Service Worker, repeated search results now load twice as fast.

VentureBeat reports that Google shared this information at Pluralsight Live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dion Almaer, Google director of engineering, stated:

“Google Search’s mission is to get relevant results to you as quickly as possible. So they invested in the largest deployment of Service Worker probably out there by being able to extra work on the fly and give you results sometimes twice as fast.”

An important point that Google left out of its statement, which VentureBeat learned by following up independently, is that Service Worker is only being used on Chrome for Android.

However, that doesn’t mean the same benefits of 2x faster search results could not be brought to other browsers in the future.

By Matt Southern

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