Backup Your Pics Using Google Photos

Google Photos is a fantastic way to backup your pictures. In addition to backing up your Android photos, this remarkable app provides ways to edit, share, and gives you great control over each aspect of the image. This includes choosing which folders to back-up, viewing pictures you previously shared, and the image quality to upload your photo. With Google Photos, never lose a photo again.

Set-Up Google Photos

To begin, open Google Photos and sign in to your Google account. If you don’t already have one, take a minute to create one. You are offered two choices on the image quality to upload your photos – original or optimized. Choose original if you’re planning on creating a photo book, you’re a somewhat serious photographer or want little quality degradation for archiving. Keep in mind, the 15GB of storage on your Google account is quickly used up with original back-ups. However, unlimited storage is available for optimized photos and is great if planning on sharing online mostly, such as with social media or email.

When back-up takes place, there is much flexibility available with Google Photos. To ensure you’re not using too much data, you can choose to only back up when over Wi-Fi. Also, to minimize battery usage, you can choose for back-ups only to occur while the phone is charging.

Google Photos is more than backing up your Android photos. Select which folder you want backed-up, downloads, screenshots, Instagram, and more. Head to Back up & sync > Back up device folder to change folders on/off options.

You also have the choice to manually back-up an individual video or photo. Open the desired image, select the three-dot menu located on the top-right, and select Back up now. More than one item can be selected for manual back-up.

Google Photo Assistant

With Assistant, you receive updates about your Google Photos library. When photos are being backed-up or a new Creation is available, a card similar to those on Google Now appears. The assistant can also inform you when your internal storage is running low and allows you to clear out photos that you’re already backed-up to your Google Photos account. Different actions are available with each card.

Search

Sort through your photos quickly and automatically by people, places, and things. Find a photo of your daughter’s first day of school with just a few taps. You’ll be amazed at how accurate search is.

Shared Albums

Google Photos makes sharing easy. Either choose the album you wish to share, hit the share icon, and enter the email or name of the person to send it to. Or, create a new Shared Album where you can decide on whether the people you share with can or cannot contribute to the album.

Explore the many other different ways Google Photos can make your images awesome!

Greatest Android Wireless Chargers for Your Device

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Wireless charging is supported by many Android phones, usually by way of Qi wireless standard. It is not always necessary to spend a ton of money on a charger with the same logo as your phone. There are numerous wireless chargers available at an affordable price, also some super high-quality ones as well. Continue reading to learn about some of the greatest Android wireless chargers for your device.

Samsung Convertible Wireless Charging Stand

Watch videos or watch for notifications while charging with this Qi-compatible charger that easily props up for your phone. Compatible with the new Note 8 and the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and S8, S8+. This stylish charger has a leathery cover material, making it an attractive desk accessory for both office and home. Available on Amazon for just $55 in a creamy tan or black.

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Pad

Only 5W of power was delivered with the chargers of the past. But, three times the power output is supported by the latest Qi standard, providing recharging that is three times faster. This Fast Charge Wireless Pad by Samsung is one of the first to provide this standard. Although this wireless charger is not cheap, currently on Amazon for $39, it has an excellent improvement over older pads. Of course, prior to purchase, be sure your Android device is compatible with fast charging.

IKEA Nordmarke Wireless Charging Pad

IKEA is the creator of four Nordmarkes: available in white or wood, they offer a single-device charger and a triple-device charger. The Vitahult wireless charging cover is also sold by IKEA. This cover is for phones without Qi receivers inside. Both wireless charging pads are simple to put together, with the single-device model available for only $27.99 and only $64.99 for the triple-device model.

PowerBot

PowerBot PB1020 is available for an amazing price of only $10.99. That is an incredible discount on the recommended retail price of $39.99. With energy smart management, you can expect this Qi charger not to use much power once your phone is finished charging. At such as low price, you could easily by one for work, home, or for travels.

Incipio Ghost 220

This three-device charger is more expensive than most at $69.99 and for good reason. Ghost 220 can simultaneously wirelessly charge 2 Android Qi devices while at the same time charging a third device by way of USB. Of course, this wireless Android device charger is not fancy to look at, being a black slab, but who chooses a charger based on looks anyway?

With the numerous wireless Android device chargers available, you are sure to find one that fits all your needs so your battery doesn’t completely die out.

Speed Up Your Smartphone with Some Useful Tips

At times, your smartphone may seem a little slow or it begins to run slower than when you originally purchased it. Thankfully, this is quite common and can be easily remedied. Help your smartphone speed up by following these useful tips:

1. Remove Widgets

Although widgets located on your home screen can be helpful, they tend to use up valuable resources. Consider disabling any unnecessary widgets.

2. Uninstall Any Unwanted Apps to Free Up Space

If your smartphone is running low on available space, it can begin to slow down. To find out how much space is left, go to Settings>Storage.

The simplest way to get rid of unwanted apps is by uninstalling them by heading to Applications, selecting the app and clicking Uninstall. Repeat until all unwanted apps are removed.

Other ways are available to free up space as well. Files you’ve downloaded over time can be removed. Head to Storage>Downloads select which files you wish to remove and tap recycle Bin.

Another way to free up space and increase speed is by clearing up the cache of the apps you have installed. To do so, go to Settings>Storage and select Clear cached data and then hit OK to confirm.

Delete more files by heading to Miscellaneous files and check the boxes located next to the file types you wish to remove, such as playlist files or backups, and hit the Recycle Bin button.

Apps which were pre-loaded on your smartphone can be disabled to speed up the device. However, you can get rid of these apps by having your phone rooted.

3. Disable Animations

Animations allow all the interactions and transitions with the OS appear smoother until your smartphone begins to slow down. When this happens, it may look as if it is in slow motion. Disabling animations help speed up your phone by heading to Settings>About phone. Next, hit the build number seven times to enable the Developer options. Go back to Settings>Developer options and choose Animation Off on Windows animation scale, Transition animation scale, as well as Animator duration scale.

4. Close Apps

Switching between various tools can be simplified when multitasking but can also reduce performance on your smartphone. Head to the list of running apps Settings>Apps>Running then hold down any app you no longer want open and swipe them away.

While still at this screen, hit the Clear memory button after clicking on the pie chart and head to the Ram section.

5. Restart Your Smartphone

Restarting your smartphone can be a simple and quick fix. It can stop unnecessary running apps, clear the cache, and speed it back up again.

There are many tips and tricks out there to make sure you get the most out of your Android phone.

Use Cortana to Sync Notifications from Android with Windows 10

All that is needed, Windows 10 Anniversary Update on your PC (which most people already have) and Microsoft’s Cortana on their android phone to sync Android with your Windows PC.

The Cortana App on Play Store

The official Cortana app is free for download and use and is available in the Play Store. Head on over there to download and install the app on your Android phone.

Your Windows 10 PC must have an active Microsoft account in order for Android notification sync to work. Use this same Microsoft account to sign in on the Cortana app. Once successfully signed in, tick the box located next to Let Cortana respond to Hey Cortana commands. You will now see Cortana begin to run.

Cortana Setup

On the top-left of your screen, press the three-line icon for menu choices. From the list, select Sync Notifications. From here, choose which notifications to sync with your PC. Default notification options include text messages, missed calls, and warning of low battery.

App alerts can sync as well by selecting App Notifications Sync from the bottom of the list. However, to select this option you must allow Cortana permission to notifications on your Android. After you agree, press Choose which apps to sync with a list of your available apps. To choose an app, simply slide over the button located next to it.

Everything’s finished! The action center on your Windows 10 PC will now show the notifications from your Android.

Alerts & Actions

With everything set up and ready to go, it’s time to learn what types of alerts you receive and action you can take.

  • Dismissing notification alerts on your Windows 10 PC dismisses them on your Android as well.
  • Alerts show on your Windows 10 PC about missed calls. Your contact list is synced with these missed calls on the chance it is from someone listed. This allows you to quickly respond back. Also, you can reply to missed calls by sending a text message through your Windows 10 PC.
  • Your incoming text messages are shown on the Windows 10 PC. From here, you can directly reply to them. In addition, you can send quick replies through the notification window pop up.
  • The majority of popular email apps and messaging apps work with the quick reply function.
  • If you find it becomes annoying due to receiving many alerts, notifications can be disabled from the Windows 10 PC itself. Head to Settings by pressing the cogwheel icon and select Don’t show notifications for this mobile app.

Now, thanks to Microsoft’s Cortana, a third-party app such as Pushbullet is no longer needed to sync your notifications. Cortana IS Siri’s alternative on Android devices.

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! 

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!