How to make your Android screen extra dark at night

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Night Light dims your screen light to a sepia colour, making it less harsh on your eyes. You can access it through the settings menu or the quick settings area you can find by swiping down from the top of your phone.

Method 1: Settings

1. Go to your Settings app.

2. Tap Display.

3. Select Night Light.

4. Tap Turn on now.

5. Adjust the intensity color.

6. You can also adjust the start and end times (if you don’t want to leave it on all day) by tapping Schedule.


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Huawei US ban threatens to wreak havoc on Android as wel

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It’s almost old news by now. The US government, courtesy of an executive order from President Donald Trump, has blacklisted Huawei from buying from or selling to US companies. That has caused Google, Qualcomm, and ARM to withdraw support from the Chinese manufacturer, three companies that have a mutually beneficial relationship with Huawei. It has gotten a temporary and short reprieve but, unless the situation changes, the hammer will fall again. Disregarding political and economic considerations, the effects of this ban won’t just cause headaches for Huawei, it could also throw the Android world into disarray.

Being the world’s second largest smartphone maker is no joke and losing that spot isn’t just going to be bad for Huawei. It will actually be bad for its partners as well. Selling more phones means Huawei also buys more components and pays for more licenses, among other things.

While it’s inconceivable that Huawei will stop making smartphones the way ZTE almost did, a nosedive in its production will hurt even the likes of Google and Qualcomm, even if not as much as Huawei.

By JC Torres

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How to get an always-on display on your Android phone

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This feature is based on the logic that OLED displays do not require much power for displaying black pixels. Since only a portion of your screen is lit up when you are using the Always-on display and the rest is just a black screen, only a fraction of battery life would be consumed. The good news is, you can also try out this cool Always-on display feature on your Android device if it has an OLED display, even if it is not a Samsung device.

Here is how to get the Always-on Display feature on Samsung Galaxy flagship devices on your Android device.

Step 1: Install the app

First, download and install the Always-On AMOLED – BETA app from the Google Play Store on your Android device.

Step 2: Initial setup

Once the app is installed, open the app from your app drawer and then follow the on-screen instructions to proceed through the initial app setup process.

This includes providing permissions for the app to access your notifications and appear on top of other apps to be able to successfully display your notifications on the Always-on display once you lock your Android device.

Step 3: Enable the Always-on display

After finishing the initial setup process, you will be taken to the main page of the app where you can enable the first option to enable the Always-on display service on your device.

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Android Battery Draining Fast? Fix Problem Using These Tips

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Does your Android smartphone lose battery really fast? It can be caused by many reasons and may just be the case for your phone before you start thinking of replacing it. Here’s what we know about Android battery issues.

Using Power Saving mode

Almost all Android devices have this feature when you drop down the top menus from above and scroll to the right. Once activated, your phone trades some of its performance to conserve battery life. Even if your phone is a bit slower during this time, this mode is great if you want to save battery life while commuting or traveling far.

Closing Battery Intensive Apps

Not all apps are made equal as some eat more battery life. To stop apps from continuously draining your battery life, this feature can be done through going to the Settings app for the Battery menu. Under this menu is the “Restrict” tool that allows users to block that app from using up battery and memory. This setting also recommends which apps should be restricted for easier management.

To check which apps eat a lot of battery charge, the Battery menus also provides the “Battery Usage” setting that shows you a list of apps and their battery consumption. From then on, it’s up to you which ones you’ll restrict to prevent them from draining. However, you still need to make sure that it’s an app you’re not actively using as it may cause problems for that app.

Closing Unused Background Apps

In smartphones, the phone is programmed to keep the app running when you leave to check on a different one or leave it. To check if you have some background apps running, just press the cascading rectangles button to the left of your device. Your Android phone will provide a list of running apps where you can swipe them out of the screen to close them. Alternatively, you can flush all of your running apps with the “Close All” button and just start again with which apps you just want open. With battery draining apps removed, your phone will operate with less processing load than usual and allow it to save battery from unused apps.


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From battery life to storage, tips to keep your phone running longer

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While it’s easy to get lured into trading up to the latest phone model, there are ways to make your current phone perform better and last longer.

The first, be gentle with it. Even midrange phones aren’t cheap, so shell out a few extra bucks for the screen protector and protective case to minimize damage.

The top complaints about older phones are weak battery power and low available storage space, said Jeff Kelley, an iOS developer at Detroit Labs, a mobile app development firm.

Battery life: A common error people make when trying to conserve battery power is to forcibly close all their open apps such as going to the App Switcher on an iPhone, Kelley said. If you close the app normally, the iOS operating system will maintain the memory of the last usage. Force-quitting makes the app start from scratch and takes longer to load.

Storage: Most people clog up their phones unnecessarily by not using cloud storage, both Kelley and Kent said. By enabling cloud storage you can delete local copies of data (photos, documents, text messages) that hog disk space.

Cloud storage protects your data, making it easier to do a factory reset on your phone. Factory resets wipe out anything nefarious running in the background and delete unneeded cache data. Kent said he does this often with his Android because all his data is stored in the cloud.

By Debbie Carlson

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Five Tips for Reducing Mobile Data Usage on Your Android Phone

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If you’re on a limited data plan sometimes it seems like your phone is burning through its allocated data use and you’re getting overage fees. You’re not streaming Netflix or downloading tons of music or podcasts, so why does it seem like you never have enough? Or maybe you’re using a Prepaid plan like Mint, Straight Talk, or AT&T Go. These companies allow you to bring your own phone and prepay for your mobile data. However, sometimes you don’t have enough, and just need a little more each month. But maybe you don’t want to purchase extra data packs all the time. Here is a look at some helpful tips for making sure you are eking out as many bytes of mobile data your plan allows.


Datally is a free app from Google and is aimed at emerging markets and users with limited data. It’s easy to use and helps you keep track of where your data is at. It also has helpful features like “Emergency Bank” to stick some minutes aside and “Bedtime Mode” which stops apps from using mobile data while you’re sleeping.


First, you need to know which apps are using the most data. It will depend on your phone and version of Android it’s running but look for something in Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage > Mobile data usage. There you can pull up which apps have been eating the most data during the past month. You will probably find social media apps like Facebook are the biggest offenders. But browsers, news apps, and productivity apps like Slack can chew up a lot as well.


If you’re running Android 7.0 Nougat or above, you can use the system-level tool called Data Saver. This is probably the easiest way to have your phone use as little mobile data as possible with a quick tap of the screen. It prevents apps from using mobile data unless the app is open or actively being used. Even if an app is being used in the foreground, it adjusts an app’s behavior to use less data. To enable it, just swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Battery Saver icon. Unless you authorize an app, you won’t even get notifications while in Data Saver mode unless you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

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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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