Effortlessly Transfer Data to Your New Android Device

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Getting a new phone can give you a feeling of excitement, yet at the same time, somewhat apprehensive. Moving all your data to a new Android device can be a daunting task. There are apps, contacts, photos, customized settings, downloads, and backgrounds to be tackled. This can be very time-consuming for anyone.

However, you can effortlessly transfer data to your new Android device by planning and know which apps and setting to use.

Android Backup Service Tool

Android Backup Service is the most crucial tool used to ensure an effortless transfer. Some personal setting it can save to the cloud includes:

  • Wi-Fi Passwords and Networks
  • Date and Time Settings
  • Google Calendar Settings
  • Wallpapers
  • Display Settings
  • Input and Language Settings
  • Gmail Settings

This tool also allows backup of many third-party apps as well.

Go to Settings > Backup and reset to ensure Backup my data feature is enabled. Be sure to choose which account you want to be used for backups if your device has more than one account used for Google.

When turning on your new Android Device you will be prompted to enter credentials for your Google account. If your backup is then recognized by the device, it asks if you want that backup used. Hit Yes.

Manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony have additional features for backup and transfer. However, these features are useful only if moving to a new phone by the same manufacturer.

Photos Transferring

Google Photos is the easiest, streamlined method for transferring photos. Also, with Google’s desktop uploader, any images on your other computers will be available on your Android device as well.

First, you want to ensure backup for photos is turned on. Keep in mind: there may be several folders available on your device such as Screenshots, WhatsApp Images, Camera, etc. Every photo file you want backup must be turned on manually.

Begin by opening Google Photos then head over Menu (three horizontal lines) > Settings > Backup and Sync > Back up device folders. Next, move over the toggle for every folder you wish to backup.

After newly logging onto your Android device, all backup photos should be available in their app.

Passwords

Smart Lock is great for saving your passwords for many apps on Android. However, not all developers have developed the technology needed to save them. Also, it is not advised to save passwords in browsers due to security reasons.

LastPass is a dedicated password manager with many options available to choose from. Best of all, it’s Free!

Moving to a new Android device does not have to be complicated. Making sure you have the correct tools is a way to make the move effortless! Remember these other tips for data on your Android device, too! 

Worst Apps on Android Draining Your Battery

Everyone knows that some app on Android drains your battery. These apps run all the time in the background, even when not in use. Your battery is draining dry, they use motion sensors, ping the internet, etc. Although, many apps are guilty of this behavior, some are guiltier than others. Unfortunately, popular apps are usually the biggest culprits.

However, thanks to research performed by antivirus creators, tech fanatics, and mobile carriers, we not know which are the worst apps on Android draining your battery. The following apps made it to the top of the list:

1. Facebook and Facebook Messenger

One of the worst apps draining your battery is also the world’s biggest social network. These reports show the Messenger app as well as the Facebook app ranking high as battery drainers.

Solution:

Uninstall both apps from your Android device and install Messenger Lite and Facebook Lite. These are lightweight alternatives offered by the company. They both use fewer resources, data, and battery. Some functions, however, are not available with the Lite versions such as video calling.

2. Snapchat

Snapchat ranks as the most battery draining app for social media on every report. Many users notice a significant boost to their battery once they uninstalled Snapchat.

Solution:

One of the new features for Snapchat is Travel Mode. By enabling this images and videos available in your feed are not pre-loaded. This feature can be found in the app’s settings. Also, to save even more battery, disable location tracking. Take note though, filters are disabled also when disabling this feature.

3. Samsung Devices Default Apps

As an Android user, you know about its problem with bloatware. This is seen mostly on Samsung devices with their priority apps preinstalled. You probably noticed you do not use many of these apps. However, they are draining your Android battery while they continue to run in the background.

Solution:

Preinstalled apps can’t be removed unless the Android device is rooted. Disabling is your next option. Head to Settings > Applications > Applications Manager > All select Samsung App link. Next, uncheck “Show notifications”, select Clear Data, and finally click Disable. Repeat this for all apps you do not use from Samsung.

You probably noticed most of the apps from Samsung are redundant and can be replaced with better alternatives located at the Play Store. For instance, try Google Assistant rather than S-Voice app.

4. Outlook Email App

Microsoft Outlook is great, however, it’s a battery drainer.

Solution:

If email apps didn’t sit in the background refreshing, they would be of no use. Trying an email app that isn’t a leech on your battery is the solution. With the many email apps to choose from at the Play Store, Inbox by Gmail is one of the most popular.

The good news with Android batteries, they are beginning to increase the sizes available in phones.

Great Features to Get the Most Out of Spotify for Android

If you’re one of the many fans of Spotify on Android, but only use it for loading radio stations and your playlist, you are missing out. Many other features are available with this app that many people are unaware of. Below you’ll find greatest hidden features you should begin to use to take full advantage of Spotify for Android.

1. GPS Navigation

If you are a user of GPS navigation with your phone, while at the same time listening to Spotify, you know how much of a pain it is to switch from one app to the other. Google-owned Waze navigation app and Spotify integration have made that a thing of the past. The two apps seamlessly work together. You can choose to keep Spotify in the foreground or Waze. The choice is yours.

In Spotify settings, activate the feature and install the Waze app.

2. Autoplay Feature

Just because your playlist is finished playing, there is no reason to stop listening to music. With the Autoplay feature, similar tracks of music will continue to play once the last song from your playlist is finished. If this feature is not already enabled, turn it on by going to Settings and toggle Autoplay.

3. Improve Sound

Spotify has some options available to improve the sound settings that go beyond their default setup. These options are found in Settings. One to look at would be Crossfade. This feature is found under Playback, fading currently playing tracks out while fading in the next one. Crossfade is disabled by default.

Normalize volume is another sound feature. By default, this feature is on. This feature allows all tracks to be played at approximately the same volume.

Next, Equalizer, located at bottom of screen. A new portal opens when tapping on this. This allows the audio output to be adjusted.

4. Advanced Search Options

In the Spotify for Android app search operations, you can dramatically narrow down your search. Results from your search can be limited to specific albums, artists, genres, years, or new releases. Some useful operators to use include the following:

  • album:[name] – to see albums only with that title name
  • track:[name] – to see track only with that title
  • artist:[name] – to see results from only the artist entered
  • year:[year-year] or year:[year] – to see results from only that range of dates or year
  • tag:new – to see only new releases
  • OR, NOT, or AND – to see results that contain either, both, or exclude one.

The Spotify website shows the complete list of options you can use in your search.

Check put their website for more useful features you may not know about to get the most from Spotify on Android.

Have Fun: 2017 Best Android Games

We have the most recent list of 2017 Best Android Games! This list can help you choose between the many titles available at the Play Store. Check these out!!

Super Mario Run

Finally, a mobile Super Mario game is here! In December, it arrived as an exclusive at the App store, but now it is also available for Android for Free.

Super Mario Run features easy gameplay. There are simple mechanics and one-touch play with this exciting game. However, to unlock a full version of this game, you will need to pay.

Golf Clash

One of the newest games on our list, Golf Clash has already proved popular. Unlike timely nine or eighteen-hole golf games, all games are only one hole and are against real players.

If you and your opponent use the same amount of shots to sink the golf ball, then you must win an in a shootout with who is closer with a one-shot. This is a free game with in-app purchases available.

Table Tennis Touch

One of the best ping-pong games available for Android is Table Tennis Touch. Controls with this game are simple with an immense amount of precision is required. Sidespin, backspin, smash shots, and topspin with just a swing.

Play online or against AI. This game costs $0.99 and also available are in-game add-ons. 

Rolling Snail

A simple game, Rolling Snail is an easily addicting puzzle game.

The aim of this game is to get the snail to move to the portal. To roll along, players must draw a line. You need to sometimes snip or remove lines or drop a rock to help him. Although it sounds too easy, it’s an excellent occasional puzzle game.

Do you prefer to play offline? Then the next games are perfect for you to try!

Shadow Fight 2

A new Shadow Fight 2 is still enjoyable to play after three years. A number of downloads this game has should tell you enough with more than 100 million.

Of course, this game doesn’t use your data making it a plus, there is also no real people playing with you. Enter a series of battles, gain weapon skills, and learn moves. A huge plus with this game is it not being a button masher. The form is important and timing as well. Shadow Fight 2 is available for free.

Doodle Bowling

Even with a name Doodle Bowling, there is no need to be good at sports or even a likeness to sports.

With simple line drawings, play your way through frames. Swiping up, right, or left is all that’s needed to shoot the ball and control its spin. Although this isn’t a game that will keep you occupied for hours, but for short fifteen minutes breaks you will remain entertained.

With different lanes as well as graphics. This game is available for free. Don’t forget these tips and tricks for your Android or know how to speed up the playing time on your phone! 

Enjoy!

Increase Security and Enjoyment with Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat promises to bring with it many new features. Available features will enhance both your security and enjoyment. Most smartphones will receive this update, which is why we believe learning about some of these new features is important to you.

File Encryption Activation

File encryption can be found in developer settings. Although it may not seem like a big deal, it actually can be. First, encryption is only performed on user data. During booting process, your PIN or unlock pattern would not be needed. What this means, if for some reason your phone unintentionally restarts, you’ll still have a functioning alarm clock allowing you to wake in time. The boot process will be much faster as well. However, to switch to file encryption from full disk encryption, a full wipe is required.

Data Saver

Android 7.0 Nougat has a new feature: Data Saver. This feature allows for you to use less data while not connected to Wi-Fi.

To activate go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage > Data Saver. Once activated, you can choose which apps are allowed to use background data while all other can’t. However, these apps are not entirely prevented from using data services which are needed, but most background activity will be disabled.

Pinned Apps

In security settings, you will be able to enable a pinning feature. This feature allows other open apps to be hidden under a pinned app.

Multi-Window View

The multi-window view is one of the most anticipated parts of Android 7.0 Nougat. With an easy double tap, it will be possible to run side by side apps and switch between apps. This makes the user experience much better for many reasons. Watch a video on YouTube while at the same time, texting your friend. Or, read an online recipe while also scoping out your favorite social media sites.

Save Battery and RAM

In the majority of instances, unnecessary resources are used for background services. You can stop running these services by heading over to developer settings. Simply, restart the stopped app or your smartphone to restart background services.

Silent Alert Display

With this new feature, you will be able to mute notifications you receive from various apps. To set this feature, touch and hold an app’s notification and then select “Show notifications silently”. Go into setting to change and filter apps as you desire.

Settings Access

The setting menu with Android 7.0 Nougat has been also improved. The left margin is where the main menu is now hidden allowing you to access it quickly.

These features are just a few of the great improvement and new features await you with Android 7.0 Nougat. Enjoy!

3 Essential Things to Consider when Deciding on Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus

With 2 phones, closely identical being announced for release, one of the first questions you ask: how are they different and which one is right for me? Sometimes a phones difference is easily noticeable, as with Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. However, this year’s release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus have differences not so noticeable. After looking at these differences, deciding between the two will be much easier.

Pixel Density

Of course, one of the things which are noticeable is a size difference between the two; with Galaxy S8 Plus is the larger of them at 6.2-inch display. S8 has an identical QHD+ resolution as S7 5.8-inch display. This leaves the pixel density to consider.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has the larger screen area with 2,960 x 1,440-pixel resolution. This means the S8 Plus has a pixel density of 529 ppi, whereas S8 has 570 ppi. However, with such a small difference, only a naked eye would notice. Both the S8 Plus and S8 have an incredibly beautiful and crisp resolution and density.

What this means, when making the decision of the S8 Plus or S8, comes down to screen size preference and how big your hand can hold. Although, the fingerprint scanner may not be ideal for most where they would instead have to rely on face unlocking.

Weight & Battery

Neither Galaxy S8 have batteries that are especially huge. Even when considering the QHD+ resolution. While Galaxy S8 has 3,000 mAh battery for power, the S8 Plus has one slightly larger at 3,5000 mAh battery. Keep in mind, Galaxy S7 battery size is the same as the S8 and S7 Edge battery was somewhat bigger than the S8 Plus. This makes battery size not a big factor when considering your purchase.

The weight of the S8 Plus is a little more than the S8 due to the slight battery size difference. The Galaxy S8 weighs only 155 grams compared to S8 Plus at 173 grams. Not much, but if you are sensitive to carrying a heavier phone, you might want to opt away from the S8 Plus.

Price

The biggest consideration you will make is the price difference. This is where most make the deciding factor. In the United States, the S8 goes for $750, whereas S8 Plus is $850. Both are quite pricey. Many people will see discounts from their carriers or programs for upgrading, but there is no mistake that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are expensive.

When deciding between the 2, you will consider the $100 difference.

Specs between the two are basically identical not including the three considerations just mentioned. No larger storage, or better camera, or screen difference. So, what one feels better for size and weight when holding and how much are you willing to spend is the most essential things to consider.

Tip and Tricks for Google Assistant Users

Smartphone’s operating on at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow have Google Assistant available to them. Utilizing Google Assistant can be helpful to you in your daily life. We’ve compiled some of the most helpful tips and tricks to optimize your use.

1. Read & Send Your Messages

Google Assistant is great at easily sending your messages. It also works to easily read your messages as well. Just ask Google Assistant something similar as “read my text messages from today”. Also, reply to one of your messages with the same conversation. What’s more, extend this feature to other messaging services, email service, and Whatsapp.

2. Unlock Your Android Device

Using Smart Unlock, you can unlock your Android by using simple voice commands. Just saying “OK Google” can now bring your phone to life. Go to Settings > Security > Smart Lock option. Next, you want to set up for Google to recognize your voice begin by toggling on Trusted Voice.

3. Take Control of Phone Settings

Google Assistant helps to control your Androids settings. While controlling setting for such things as Hotspot, Bluetooth, etc., has become easier with the introduction of Android Nougat; you can receive help from Google Assistant as well.

Toggling all setting is capable with Google Assistant. For example, you might say, “turn on flashlight” to assist you while in the darkens.

4. Control Your Music

Google Assistant can not only find music it also plays music. This is awesome for ones who listen to music often during their day. At this time, however, there are only a small number of apps which can take advantage of this. Default apps include YouTube and Google Play Music.

Other apps include Spotify and Pandora and more are being added.

5. Photos Grabbing

Have Google Assistant easily grab photos for you, even ones saved from years ago. Other Google apps are integrated which helps make this feature work wonderfully. It can even grab pictures from a specific place or of specific people. However, be sure to label people in your Google Photos app.

An example you can say, “show pictures from 2015” or “show picture of mom”.

5. Get Latest News

You can get the latest news from around you and across the globe with Google Assistant. Get the latest weather also. You might want to ask “do I need an umbrella today?”. Or, ask for weather anywhere in the world. There are no limits.

6. Play Games

You can play some fun, time passing games with Google Assistant. One of these games, where people never bored from, is Emoji Movies.

You’re able to do so much with Google Assistant such as asking for jokes, or its likes and dislikes. Note, unlike most other assistances, this one is available when you have no internet access.