How to Stop Robocalls or at least slow them down

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Robocalling is certainly not a new scourge, and some it’s recent decline may indicate that blocking technologies and high-profile enforcement efforts are actually working. But many of the truly new defences carriers are working on haven’t fully rolled out yet, and the Federal Communications Commission is still catching up on long-time proposals. On Thursday, the agency finally approved phone carriers to begin blocking robocalls by default, a proposal that first surfaced in the Obama administration.

Though robocalls will never disappear completely there are some things you can do to keep your phone from ringing off the hook all the time.

Download a Call Blocking App From Your Mobile Carrier

The four—soon to be three—major wireless carriers all offer apps and services that block spam calls or at least label them as suspicious, so you know not to pick up. Most of the apps started out as paid features, but the carriers have slowly made the tools free over the last 18 months as robocalling has escalated from nuisance to disaster. Some of these features may get baked into your service automatically now that the FCC has expanded carriers’ legal ability to block spam calls, but for now, use these tools to get some relief.

Verizon‘s “Call Filter” app detects and blocks spam calls, and you can adjust its sensitivity depending on how worried you are about possibly missing legitimate calls. For $2.99 per month, you can add some extra call data and monitoring features, like customizable blocking lists. AT&T’s app is “Call Protect.” It provides similar caller ID warnings and call blocking features, and for $3.99 per month you can get expanded options like reverse number lookup. T-Mobile automatically offers caller ID warnings, “ScamID,” for all customers on monthly plans when a number seems suspicious. You can also use the company’s “Scam Block” feature to screen calls for free.

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How to record calls on your Android phone

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Use a call-recording Android app

Those of us with phones that aren’t running Pie still have access to apps that record calls. Here are some highly rated suggestions. I’m running Android 8.1 and these apps work with my phone.

Call Recorder-ACR: This popular app will first ask you to confirm that call recording is legal in your country. After that, Call Recorder-ACR (that stands for “Another Call Recorder”) will walk you through the simple setup process. You will also have to acknowledge that Google won’t allow the app to access or store phone numbers, though you can rename call recordings so you can easily find them later.

Once enabled, the app will automatically record your calls. You can pop into the app to manage your recordings. There’s also a toggle switch to enable or disable recording within the app’s settings. Call Recorder-ACR is a free, ad-supported download. A $3.99 pro version removes ads and includes premium features like the ability to record by contact.

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How to export Google Allo data on Android

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The steps that you need to take in order to export Google Allo Data on your smartphone has been listed in detail below:

Export Google Allo Data Although similar, there are key differences in how Google Allo data is exported for Android and iOS platforms.

Exporting Google Allo Data on Android Exporting Google Allo Data on Android, like the steps on iOS, are straightforward and as follows:

1. Launch the Allo app and click on the hamburger menu which can again be found on the top left corner of the application and click on ‘Settings.’

2. Click on Chat and choose either “Export messages from chats” and “Export media from chats” option. The first one will export your chats and the second one will export your media.

3. The next step that you will need to perform is to choose a folder where you want to save your chats. All the messages that are in your chat will be saved in a CSV file while the media will be saved inside a zip file.

By Vishnu Sasidharan

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Android Messages tips and tricks you need to know

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There are so many different messaging platforms these days, it’s sometimes to keep up with the latest announcements. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram – these are just a few examples.

But there’s one messaging platform that still works on every single phone out there and that’s SMS/text messaging. Unfortunately, many of the default SMS apps that are pre-loaded on phones are often not that good. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives out there starting with Google’s own Android Messages service.

The app comes pre-loaded on Pixel devices and several other phones, but if yours doesn’t come with it on board, you can easily download it on your device. The service is clean, simple to use and RCS-compliant. What’s more, it includes some features you might not be using just yet — and you definitely should.

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Android Messages for Web: How to get it, tips, hacks, and all you need to know

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For as long as the rivalry between Android OS and iOS has existed, users have debated on what truly makes their choice the ideal one. While those who advocated for Android have pushed forward on the basis of freedom of customization, iOS users have boasted the unparalleled software support that is seamless across all iDevices. But one feature that has evaded Android users for years, while iOS users have enjoyed has been iMessage, and that’s text messaging on a PC.

The iMessage service from Apple is admittedly one of a kind ever since it was created, as it is seamless across all iDevices. Not only is sending an iMessage completely free for all iOS users, but you can send and receive messages even on your MacBook or iMac, as long as your iPhone is connected to the same Apple account.

While the introduction of services like WhatsApp Web has helped ease the pain of Android users, it hasn’t been until now that web connectivity for SMS has finally been offered by Google itself.

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6 tips and tricks for Android Messages for web

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Earlier this week Google released Messages for web, a service that lets you send and receive text messages from any web browser. The website is live right now, but an update to the Android Messages app is required before you can begin using it.

You will need to use Android Messages, as opposed to Samsung’s Messages app for Galaxy users, to use Messages for web.

Setup is a breeze

Seriously, if you have ever scanned a QR code, you are already prepared to link the Messages app on your phone to your browser.

On a computer, open your browser and enter into the address bar. On your phone, open the Messages app and tap the menu button (top-right corner) then select Messages for web > Scan QR Code. Point your camera at the QR code on your computer’s screen.

A few seconds later your phone’s Messages app is now linked to your computer. Easy peasy.

You don’t have to go through the linking process every time you want to use Messages for web. Instead, you can toggle the Remember this computer button below the QR code in your browser so each time you visit the site, the link is preserved.

If you didn’t notice the button during setup, a prompt just above your conversation threads will ask if you want to remember or you can click on the menu icon just above the New Conversation button in the web app > Settings > Remember this computer.

If you’re worried about someone else using the same computer and monitoring your messages, don’t worry — you can remotely log out (more on that in a minute).



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How to improve call quality on Android phones

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With features that let you like track your heartbeat and figure out exactly how long ago the dinosaurs walked the Earth being added to phones. It’s not exactly absent-minded of people to forget that the primary function of phones is to make calls.

But despite all the innovative features and all the bells and whistles the present-day smartphone comes packed with, the average quality of an audio call made through a phone is still quite lacking. Doing a few of the things that are listed below can greatly improve the quality of the calls that are made.

Make sure your microphone, earphone, and speakers are clear. The reason your calls are muffled or you can’t hear the speaker on the side at all might be because you might be covering the speaker or microphone or even earpiece. This could be why you are unable to get a call of sufficient quality. This could be your hand as well.  powered by Rubicon Project Holding your phone in a different position than what you usually do might do the trick.

The case of your phone might also be the thing that is blocking your speaker and bringing down the quality of the calls you make. Using a toothbrush with a super soft bristle to gently brush the cavities to remove debris of any kind that has accumulated there is also a great way to improve the quality of the call. Canned air which is usually used to clean keyboards can also be used to clear up the gunk and debris that may have accumulated.

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How to lock and unlock your Android phone using Google Assistant?

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Android 7.0 Nougat comes with an installed Google Assistant, all you need to do in such smartphones is to grant relevant permissions to Google Assistant for making your life easier. If you don’t have Google Assistant, go ahead and download it from Google Play Store.

How to lock and unlock your Android phone using Google Assistant?

Unlocking your Android smartphone is as easy as saying “OK Google.” However, to unlock your smartphone with Google Assistant, you have to make few changes in the settings section. Follow our guide below to make the necessary changes.

1. Open Google Assistant.

2. Access the ‘Settings’ section after clicking on the three-dot that represents menu.

3. Under the “Devices” section, tap on your phone.

4. From the Assistant setting, enable “Access to voice match” and “Unlock with voice match.”

After enabling “Access to voice match” and “Unlock with voice match,” you will be asked to train a trusted voice model which will help you in unlocking your smartphone. This training will make sure that the Google Assistant will respond only to your voice when it is locked. It won’t respond to any random person by saying “Ok Google.”

After enabling voice unlocking, you will be asked to record few phrases to make things clear. You can retrain your voice model if you are unsure about the fact that your voice has been recorded accurately. For doing that, go to “Voice mode” and then select “Retrain voice model.” You can always retrain Google Assistant if your previous training took place in a noisy environment.

By: Lekhaka

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