How to Recover a Deleted Folder on Android Devices

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Did you accidentally delete a whole folder of photos from your Android phone? Are you looking for a way to undo it all? Well, you’re in luck. Follow the steps below and you’ll have access to access your precious pictures in no time.

Understanding Folders

No folder is safe from deletion. You can accidentally erase any type of content – be it images, videos, PDFs, etc. without notice.

It’s not always the user’s fault though. You can lose folders from corrupt SD cards or unexpectedly crashing phones.

Fortunately, modern devices have built-in features that enable data recovery. That means there are ways to recover lost files you might otherwise think are deleted forever.

Hidden Folders

Are you sure you lost your files? There is a feature that lets users hide folders for security reasons. You may have unwittingly enabled that option. To find hidden folders, follow the steps below:

Go to File Manager.

Tap Menu > Settings. Go to Advanced.

Tap Show Hidden Files.

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5 apps that free up space on your Android device

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Your Android phone or tablet contains your entire digital life, from your emails to your favorite games and memorable photo moments. But storage space and battery life aren’t infinite, especially if you’re sporting an older Android device. Lite apps can help put your phone on a storage diet.

Lite apps tend to be slimmer alternatives to regular apps. They may have a simpler, cleaner interface, or simply take up a lot less space than a regular version. They may also be limited free editions of paid apps that let you try before you buy.

Give these lite apps a whirl. You may discover you love they way they operate, but you will also love how they won’t take a serious toll on your phone or tablet’s storage space.

Facebook Lite

The regular Facebook app is robust and takes up a fair amount of space, which is mainly an issue for older phones and tablets, or ones with very limited storage. Even if storage isn’t an issue, you might enjoy Facebook Lite for a more streamlined Facebook mobile experience. This dainty app has another advantage: it’s designed to work well on older 2G networks. If you’re someplace with slow data access, it will help you stay in touch with all your Facebook friends.

Messenger Lite

Messenger Lite is a lighter version of Facebook’s normal Messenger app. As with Facebook Lite, it uses less mobile data and runs efficiently on slower networks. It is less than 10MB in size, loads fast and uses less mobile data. Otherwise, you won’t know it’s any different from the regular Messenger app.

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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.

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Switching from an iPhone to an Android device

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So you’ve decided that maybe the grass is greener on the other side, and you’re all set to make the trip across the Android bridge. In this guide, we’re going to help you get past any trolls you might encounter, unscathed. If you’ve been thinking about switching from an iPhone to an Android device and you’re already heavily invested in Apple’s ecosystem, you’ll encounter a few obstacles, but they’re far from insurmountable.

We’re going to take a look at how to transfer contacts and other data, switch to Google services and deal with your music, photos, and videos. To round things off, we’ll provide a few additional tips to help you get used to Android, quell some common fears, and point out how best to take advantage of your new platform’s highlights.

Making the transition

Before you embark on this journey to the promised land of Android, take one last look around you. There are a few things you’ll have to leave behind. Many of the cases, docks, and other accessories you bought for your iPhone are not going to be compatible with Android smartphones (it’s worth checking, though, because many are). Your iOS apps cannot go with you, but you’ll find most of them have Android counterparts awaiting your arrival. Any DRM protected content you bought in iTunes is stuck there (you can easily and legally remove the restrictions from music, but not from TV shows and movies).

Last, but not least, there’s your iPhone itself. If you’re not gifting it to someone then you might want to peruse our guide on how to sell an iPhone without getting ripped off.

Transferring contacts

You’ll want to transfer your contacts before you sell your old device. Check out our guide on how to transfer your contacts between iPhone and Androidfor a simple method that employs iTunes and Gmail.

You could also use iCloud. Turn on Contacts in Settings > [your name] > iCloudon your iPhone. Log into the iCloud website on your computer and click Contacts. Click the gear icon at the bottom left, and choose Select All, then click the gear icon again and select Export vCard. Now log into Gmail, tap the red Gmail in the top left, thenContacts, or head to Google Contacts in your browser, click More, and tap Import.

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Tips for keeping your kids safe on their Android devices

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For kids, apps are how they use the phone, and App Control gives parents the confidence of knowing that their kids are using only the apps they should, whether they’re in front of the TV, on the bus or in their bedrooms.

App Control is part of the Family Rules feature that and is now available for Android devices in our SuperSafe internet security product. These tools allow you to set healthy boundaries that provide for your children’s well-being while allowing them to enjoy the good stuff online as well.

In other words, it helps you parent your kids online in the same way you do in the real world.

The Family Rules setup wizard guides you through setting up App Control on your child’s Android. You can decide how you want SuperSafe to treat new apps and choose if you want to set limits on apps that they have already installed.

“Allowed” applications have no restrictions, “Blocked” applications are never allowed to be accessed and “Time-Limited” applications are restricted within the total time limits you assign with your child.
The goal of Family Rules is to include the child in the process of setting limits so they understand how those limits expand with time and good behavior.

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9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Android Device

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It’s very likely that you’re reading this article on an Android phone since Android runs on most of the smartphones in the world. If that’s the case, you’re holding a powerful tool in your hand.

But Android doesn’t always make it easy for users to unlock its full potential. Smartphone manufacturers can, after all, reconfigure their operating systems however they want or equip them with additional software. That’s why Android user interfaces don’t always look the same.

Whereas Apple does its best to make sure that every iPhone is running the latest version of iOS, 70 percent of Android users are still using Android 6 (Marshmallow) or older. The latest version of the operating system, Android 8 (Oreo), was released in 2017.

That’s why we’re going to show you some tips that will help you get the most out of your Android, even if you don’t have the latest Android device.

Developer mode: controlling your phone with precision

The developer mode is a sort of cheat code for your phone, but the interface is hidden from normal users. To activate it, you have to go into Settings/About Phone and tap “Build Number” seven times. Only then will you see the hidden settings.

With developer mode, you’re able to change the user interface. For example, you can reconfigure your phone to grayscale, meaning everything on the screen will be displayed in black and white. The theory is that stripping the colors from your apps will make you less tempted to check them obsessively. The Center for Humane Technology promotes grayscale for a more mindful use of social media.

You can also turn off animations in developer mode. Android always uses fragments of a second to fade windows in and out. It might look nice, but it also takes time. You can change this under: Developer options, Window animation scale, Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale.

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How to restore an Android device from a backup

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For whatever reason, you’ve had to reset your Android device to factory defaults. You don’t want to go through the process of re-installing and configuring all of those apps manually, so what do you do? Fortunately, the Android developers have made it pretty easy to restore that device from a backup.

This, of course, does come with a caveat. As of now, Google only retains a single backup of your device, which means you’re only able to restore to that point in time (most likely the last time you used the device). If Google made it possible for users to download their backups, one could download a backup at a point in time when the device was exactly how you wanted it, and when something goes wrong you could delete the most recent backup, upload the working backup, and restore from the newly uploaded backup. Unfortunately, that’s not an option. Are you listening, Google? This means you must work from within the limited constraints of the Android backup and restore system.

But how do you do this? Let me show you.

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Tips to safely download games to your Android device

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Android is an open source operating system. This sometimes makes it a little tough to determine the fake apps from the genuine ones. There are over two million games and apps on the official app store, third-party app stores and on sites as APK files. In such a situation, it is quite important to exercise caution in choosing an app and its compatibility with your device. We present the tips to safely download games to your Android device in this post.

Tips to safely download games to your Android device

The Android games have ceased to be what they used to be in the past. With the screen sizes of the devices increasing, they have now been equivalent the console games in their portfolio and capabilities. So much so that days are not far away that we will be using the best gaming mouse for playing the games on an Android.

This popularity has given rise to duplicates and look-alikes as well. There are several fake apps that consist of malware or spyware. From that perspective, following a few precautions while downloading games would be advisable.

Get Your Apps from Reliable Sources

It would be advisable to check the source of your Android apps. The most reliable option would be Google Play Store which is the official app store for Android. You may also check out the Amazon App Store if available in your region. The Google Play Store has recently included an added security feature to check the apps if they have any malware.

Apart from Google Play Store, the only reliable option from third-party sources would be Amazon App store. Amazon has been one of the most accountable app stores since long.

Avoid Third-Party App Stores

Android being an open source operating system, it has you several independent third-party app stores. Please note that not all these can be genuine. In fact, we would advise you against using any of these app stores for downloading games onto your device.

You should be beware of these third-party app stores. More so when the app store offers you paid apps for free. Maybe the apps available through the store have malware. Ensure caution if you really have to use any of those app stores.

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