Many mobile phone plans available today to not offer unlimited data. This means is, you should keep track of all mobile data usage on your Android phone.
There are some apps that seem to thrive from having a constant internet connection, even when these apps seem they are not in use. Fortunately for you, Android has offered a way from apps sucking up data in the background.
Built-In Option with Android
Go to Settings > Data Usage for your cellular data usage management. There, you will find an option located on top to entirely disable access. However, use this option only for specific circumstances, such as when you have used more data than allowed by your plan.
To prevent this from happening to begin with, toggle the second option, which is Set cellular data limit.
If your plan has a limit of 6GB per month, you are able to set the limit at 6GB, and when you hit this threshold, the mobile data shuts off automatically. If wanted, have your phone send a warning when getting close to your threshold. Using these settings prevent overage charges.
Looking further down, you will see how much each app uses in data. You want to select heavy users. You should now know which apps should have network access limited. If unable to disable cellular access from their internal settings, toggle Restrict app background data.
Manage Mobile Data Usage With Third-Party App
Grabbing a third-party app lets you go up a level. One open source option available is NetGuard. This app prevents cellular data usage from apps and also stops them from connecting to Wi-Fi. Why would this be helpful? When you block these apps from connecting to the internet, they are unable to track your usage and report it. Benefits include saving battery life, reducing bandwidth, and blocking ads.
Furthermore, you know that your information is not being sent off somewhere across the internet because they do not ask for internet access permission. A VPN is used to block internet traffic, and like other VPN, a key is displayed in your notification bar. Take control over which apps connect to the internet and which do not.
See a list of all your apps in alphabetical order, with a toggle for mobile data and Wi-Fi. You are able to disable access to the ones that you want.
There is a drop-down arrow beside every app allowing you to tap it for specific controls and exceptions.
NetGuard gives you options for block mobile data or Wi-Fi for all apps, under Settings. When you have the screen on, you can set it to automatically allow internet access.
To get setting your fit your needs, you may have to come back and adjust it a few times.
Recording and watching video game footage is popular nowadays. YouTube or Twitch viewers see this often. However, it’s somewhat trickier when using a mobile device for recording. Android’s Google Play Games app, allows you to record mobile gaming without having to use any third party apps.
Game Footage Capturing
Tools and systems are in place for various platforms for capturing video footage. Android users download third party apps for screen recording. You can record video game footage with other platforms as well. There are different tools for Windows users, such as third party options, or with Windows 10 DVR systems, which games are recorded on your Xbox One and PC.
However, Google Play Games now supports game-recording.
Let’s find your Google Play Games app. Look in the App Drawer or possibly find it in a subfolder on home screen.
After opening Menu, check Settings, go to bottom of page and look at About Phone. Your android version needs to be at least 3.4.12 or later, with 038 as the last three numbers showing up in brackets. If not, there are two different choices. You can wait until Google Play Games new version to update on your device, or you can download using an APK mirror. Install the app after ensuring that Settings > Unknown Sources > enabled.
Google Play Games Game Recording
On Google Play Games menu, find Play Now screen, and select Record gameplay button. It does not matter at this point what game it pops up with, just go with it. Next, tap Record, and choose which resolution you prefer for your gameplay recording – either 720p or 480p. Look for a message informing you everything displayed on your Android screen will be recorded. Keep in mind also when making non-game recordings. Finally, tap Launch when ready to record, and this opens the recording interface. The four buttons on here are record, microphone mute, camera off, and a disc with an image of you from the front camera.
This interface remains throughout the recording, so be sure to tap and drag your image where it will be most helpful and out of the way. Your gaming face is what remains when you tap record, and then it is time to launch what game you want. When finished recording, tap your face image to open the interface and end the recording.
Saving and Uploading Game Footage
There are some options available for your recording. You can upload it automatically when recording stops to YouTube Gaming, or share it on Twitch. For now, to share on Twitch you must transfer to your PC and upload to the website.
Have fun recording all your sweet gaming moves. Remember, use this method to recorded any app on your device.
Encryption & SIM Lock Android Security Features
Is data being encrypted on your smartphone by you? If you fail to do so, if the phone is ever stolen there is a risk of losing it. Encrypt your android to protect sensitive personal data. Its easy to do with software that is usually provided by the device manufacturer or in the operating system.
Simplicity of Securing Your Smartphone
Due to threats being so high of smartphone theft, it is highly important handsets have locks applied to them. Use a PIN, a shape you swipe on screen display, or facial recognition to unlock your secured phone.
To set this up on Android, go to Settings > Security > Screen security. Next you want to tap Screen lock where choices between PIN, Swipe, Password, and Pattern can be selected as methods for access. Choose whichever one you like best to unlock your Android phone.
When using a Windows Phone, go to Settings > Applications > Phone, and enable SIM security. Enter a PIN according to your network provider’s instructions. This gives you two PIN codes now on your phone, one unlocks the screen and the other unlocks the PIN.
On an iOS, Settings > Phone > SIM PIN then enter the network-provided, existing SIM PIN for confirmation.
Encrypting Data on Android Smartphones
Locking a phone is helpful, but to have ideal security, you should encrypt your data.
Android data encryption is separated from linked to the passcode once activated. Keep in mind however, if you forget your PIN once encryption is applied, your data remains unattainable. Only way for data to be decrypted is by your PIN.
To encrypt data on an Android device, connect the charger. Next go to Settings > Security > Encryption > Encrypt Phone. Be sure to read warning/explanation and understand encryption implications. If happy, select ENCRYPT PHONE. During this process, your phone is not able to run apps, make calls, etc.
If your phone has slowed down dramatically, you are able to return and disable encryption by going to Settings > Security > Encryption > Encrypt Phone.
Encrypting data on iOS is much simpler. When a PIN or passcode is set on your device, the data is encrypted.
Encrypting data on Windows Phone can be done if an organization manages your phone and is done by way of Microsoft Exchange server. Otherwise users must wait for Microsoft Mobile 10 update for another way of encrypting their data.
Using these ways to secure your smartphone helps ensure data stored will not be stolen if your device is.
Get More Storage Using a MicroSD Card
Android devices come with limited storage internally. The RAM is the memory that what affects how fast it runs. High-end android phones and tablets most likely have 2GB RAM or more. However, if your device is a cheaper model you may have 1GB or less of RAM. Many people believe RAM can’t be increased in your Android device like it can be in a PC, can it? Let’s learn more about how to use a micro sd card to increase capabilities or your device.
Reasons for More RAM
If you have more storage, there is more room for video clips, photos, or MP3s, but additional RAM assists the processor to work faster, thereby helping with creation and playback of these files.
There are many times that internet is blamed for playback problems, when more RAM would of fixed the issue.
Rooted Device RAM Swap
With Android devices that are rooted, it is easy to increase RAM with ROEHSOFT RAM Expander (SWAP). This program is compatible with rooted tablets and phones.
With use of MemoryInfo & Swapfile Check, available at the google store, you can check to see if your device compatible with ROEHSOFT RAMEXPANDER.
Select Start RAMEXPANDER Test Here and choose the SD card you are checking, now Click for result. After seeing congratulations you are able to proceed to install the app.
RAM Expander Installer
With message displayed and root permissions applied, it is time for you to select your language.
Next, you will see a slider on a screen which is able to be adjusted to the amount of RAM you want on dedicated to the SWAP partition.
Tap optimal value if you are not sure what amount and the app decides for you. Check to be sure Autorun is enabled and then hit Swap Activ.
Micro SD to Increase Storage
Micro SD cards work for more than just RAM increase. You can use a Micro SD card to increase the capacity of your storage. This is great is you want to download more music, apps, takes more photos, or record more video clips.
First, insert a Micro SD card into it if there is a memory card slot available on your android device that is running out of space.
However, when purchasing a Micro SD card be sure to buy one that is more resilient. When checking the box be sure to get at least a class 4, which is what is recommended, but best is class 10.
Use this extra storage to install games and apps, move apps and games so you are able to increase the main device storage. If you run Android Lollipop, open Settings > Applications and use the button on apps Move to SD Card if available.
With Micro SD cards able to increase RAM and storage, be sure to always have one on hand!
Google Now Hands Free Driving
Google Now allows use of voice commands to do just about anything you need to with your phone. Everyone knows dangers that exist from texting and driving, but many people find it hard to set their phone down for that short drive home from work.
Notes & Reminders
Many people are always using their phone to constantly enter something in their to-do list or schedule before they forget. Reduce the dangers of accidents by using Now with Google Now. This is especially useful if you phone has Google Calendar is synced. You can say commands such as:
- “Set an alarm for 5PM”, or if you want on recurring “Set an alarm every Wednesday morning for 7AM.”
- Specific reminders can be sent to you, such as “Remind me to stop at Sue’s 3PM tomorrow” or “Remind me to grab milk at Ralph’s 4PM today.”
- Use your Google Calendar to create an event by saying, “Create a calendar event for a Doctor appointment in NYC, Tuesday at 3PM.”
Saves notes to yourself, “Note to self: Pay light bill Friday.”
First time using the command Google Now needs to be told which to-do or note-taking apps you want used.
Communication on Phone
Instead of using a dial pad, just say, “Call Tom”, Google Now looks the name up in your list of contacts and dials for you.
If sending SMS messages, just say, “Text Tom that I will meet him at 6PM for drinks”, and after receiving a confirmation “yes” for the correct name, Google Now sends it along.
Navigation, Travel, Maps
One of the most common needs when driving around is finding how to get where you are going. Just ask Google Now something like, “Direction to Grand Central Station” and you will see directions on the screen from Google Maps. To have turn-by-turn directions, just hit Start button.
You can receive other information aside from directions:
- Say “How far is NYC, New York from Rochester, New York” to learn how long it takes to drive from NYC to Rochester.
- Ask to see map of location, “Map of NYC, New York.”
- Ask “Where is nearest gas station?” or coffee shop, restaurant or other type of business.
Find out Information
Have you ever been driving along with a friend when the two of you come into a debate? Let Google Now settle your debate! Just say, “OK Google” to your phone, and ask your question when you hear a beep. No need to look at your phone, Google now reads it aloud and gives it visually.
This is just the beginning of what you can do hands free with Google Now!
These Apps Can Help You Achieve Your Goals… And More
We are more than a month into the New Year, have you been sticking to your New Year resolution? If you have been having difficulty staying on board with challenges you set for yourself this year, we know of some great free Android Apps for you to try.
It is up to you to pick your challenge, whether it is quitting smoking, losing weight, having greater productivity, as so forth. Do not choose several new challenges, stick to just one you can concentrate on. Take out your Android and get ready to meet your challenge.
Track Your Goal on Regular Basis
We all have habits, and none of them are created overnight. It takes time to break or start habits . Just keep going, taking one day at a time. Track your progress to see if you are on your way toward your goal or not,
You can track almost everything when you own an Android. If changing only one habit, the free version of TrackThisForMe is perfect for you. Simple to use, track five things at once, choose the date, add a value, and comment if you want. Keep in mind however, track how close you are getting to your goal, not what you did.
If your goal is to hit a certain weight, track current weight and each time you weight yourself. Do not track gym visits, which times you did good on your diet and when you didn’t.
Keep a Happy Streak
A popular way of building new habits is called “Don’t Break the Chain.” This is where you do the same this on a daily basis and mark it on a calendar. The free App Pledge tracks habits, reminding you to do them to help reinforce these new habits in your life. If habits are kept, streaks are kept and high scores helping you to grab your goal. Announce your streak and score to your friends on social media!
Android Apps for Change
If you want to keep it simple, use the previous two mentioned Apps. They concentrate on the habit while keeping the app very simple to use. Or go for the App that is above the rest, HabitBull.
You set a habit, put in a reminder, add a target day. HabitBull will now do all the heavy lifting for you, tracking all your progress to create a calendar to be sure you do not break your streak, taking all this data and changing it into gorgeous graphs, and giving you boosts by motivational phrases. The interface is brilliant, where you will want to come back over and over. There is a Pro version, but what you get in the free version is enough to work.
Which Android Apps would you choose?
Everyday android developers publish a mountain of android apps in the Play Store. Only few are worth keeping for long-term use. Let’s turn our attention to some great apps released 2015. If you did not get a chance anmost of allytime during the year, take the time now to check them out.
There are times people just want to connect with other people that are using same devices and apps, but should they be hunted down on social media or forums? No! All you need to do is use AppChat. It’s simple, it makes a chatroom for all apps on your tablet or phone. You log in, chat with users, you even have the option of sharing files. The best part is that its totally free!
Keyboards for Androids are much improved in last couple years, but they still are not as fast as computer keyboards. First of all, Texpand saves a lot of tedious typing. Create custom shortcuts that you can use anywhere text is input. Make your own shortcut abbreviations by using the app that fills while text you choose when you type. For example, use Texpand to add your full address and have it inserted by using an abbreviation such as “adr”. It supports date, time, and current contents of clipboard. The first 10 phrases are free, after that you need to pay $2.99 for pro version.
Image editor app, Google’s Snapseed, received a complete v2.0 overhaul in 2015. This app includes all basic editing tools, such as rotation, cropping, transformations, color levels, along with a great selection of effects and filters. If your phone takes RAW images, Snapseed handles it with enhanced editing. Most of all, Spapseed makes non-destructive edits. Your original file is not touched and is left for you just in case you decide to go back to it later on. This is a great free app!
Android 5.0 Lollipop added a new camera API. Apps now finally have full access to sensor data. This means that people that have certain devices can take greater photos than apps that only reprocess the JPEG that gets spit out by the system app. Developers released this app in 2015 to be able to full advantage of the API. Manual camera supports ISO, manual zoom, RAW capture, white balance, and much more. The user interface is fast and easy to use. This app is only $2.99!