How To Disable Suggested Content From The New Tab Page In Chrome For Android

A while back, Chrome for Android introduced a content suggestion feature. At the time it was introduced, it was opt-in. Users who did not want to be presented with articles were never troubled by it. Those who liked it, could turn it On by enabling the right flags. A recent update to the mobile browser has turned suggested content on for everyone. Whenever you open a new tab, you will see a list of articles appear below the speed dial. The articles come from websites you frequently visit and are based on your areas of interest. In order to turn them off, you have to disable two Chrome flags. Here's how. Read More

How To Search For And Send GIFs From The Keyboard In Android 7

Android has long supported third-party keyboards, certainly much longer than iOS has. The third-party keyboards available for Android normally focus on providing a better typing experience. As of Android 7.1, the default Google Keyboard now supports GIF search. With GIF support, you no longer need to install a third-party keyboard to look for and send GIFs. The support is built-in like it is for emoji. You can switch to the GIF interface, search GIFs by topic, and send them with a tap. Read More

How To Use App Shortcuts In Android 7

Android 7.1 has a new feature called App Shortcuts. This feature will be available on all phones that receive the update, and not just the new Pixel phones. The feature is more or less a replication of the iOS 3D touch that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6S. The feature lets you access quick app-specific settings for an app from its home screen icon. If you need to jump to a quick location in Google Maps or see what's trending on YouTube, you won't have to open the app and then tap the right button to do so. The shortcuts allow you to jump straight to the right screen. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Use The Flip Camera Move In Android 7

Android phones have some of the most intelligent gesture support you will find on a smartphone. iPhones don't compare to a good high-end Android phone in terms of gestures. An iPhone has the usual gestures that perform the predictable action in the correct context. Android phones, and the Android system, is in a league of its own in this regard. Just look at 'Now on tap' if you need an example. Come Android 7.1, a much smarter set of gestures called 'Moves' is being added. The moves work with the buttons on a device as well as the accelerometer and gyroscope. Case in point is the new Flip Camera move that lets you flip the camera inside the app when you 'Double Twist' in the app. You no longer have to use the UI button to switch between the front and rear end cameras when you're in the app. A simple wrist flick will change it for you. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Unlock The Walking Dead Filter For Snapchat

Snapchat comes with some neat filters that you can apply to your photos. Some are simply color filters while others feature graphics for your current city, the current time, and even the current temperature. They are easily one of the more popular features of the app. The filters are often also a great way to promote things like important events or upcoming TV show premiers which is just what AMC has done. The Walking Dead Season 7 premier is just days away. To get viewers excited, AMC has released a special Snapchat filter just for fans of the show. It needs to be unlocked by taking a photo of a particular zombified ghost icon. Here's how to get it. Read More

How To Turn Off Read Receipts And Typing Alerts For LinkedIn Messages

It seems email is the only way left to read a message without automatically sending a 'read' receipt. Likewise, email seems to be the only way people don't know whether or not you're currently typing a reply to an email they've just sent. LinkedIn, like so many other social networks, has a messaging feature. It has introduced a 'read' receipt and a typing indicator for the messaging service. When you read a message, the sender will know you've read it. If you start typing a reply, the sender will be alerted that you are typing. The good thing is, you can turn it Off. Here's how. Read More

3 Productive Ways To Use Snapchat

Snapchat is an exceptionally popular messaging app. It distinguishes itself from other messaging apps by focusing on photos to send a message. You have the option to send text messages but Snapchat is a photo heavy messaging platform. It encourages you to share the exciting moments of your life, or what you're currently doing, with your friends. You can of course broadcast a collection of photos as a story to everyone and let them know what you're up to. Even if you're not looking for a new messaging app, Snapchat is something you can use productively as well. Here's three ways to use Snapchat productively. Read More

How To Send Secret, Self-Destructing Messages In Facebook Messenger

Facebook announced it was testing encrypted self-destructing messages for its Messenger platform. The feature has begun to roll out to users. It's called 'Secret' messages and requires both the sender and recipient to have an updated Messenger app to send and receive them. The interface is more or less the same as that of regular messages and you have access to emoji, stickers, and photos on your device. What differs slightly is how the message is sent. Here's how to send secret messages in Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Save Articles From Your LinkedIn Feed

LinkedIn isn't known much as a publishing platform even though it allows users to publish articles. The feature was initially introduced to LinkedIn influencers but was eventually rolled out to all users. Additionally, news sites also push their content to LinkedIn. You can subscribe to areas of interest and regularly view trending posts. LinkedIn has recently rolled out a new 'Save' feature that lets you save posts for reading later. It's only available on iOS and Android apps and not on the web interface. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add Google Calendar Events To Google Maps

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Google is slowly rolling out a new little feature that syncs events from Google Calendar to Google Maps. The events are listed inside the app but not in the map view. Upcoming events appear in the 'Your Places' tab in Google Maps in a tab called 'Upcoming'. Of course, all events aren't going to automatically sync to the Google Maps app. In order for an event to appear in Google Maps it must have a location added to it. All other events i.e. those that do not have a location associated with it such as a birthday will not appear in the Maps app. Here's how to add a location to a Google Calendar event and get it to show up in Google Maps. Read More

How To Save A Video Offline In The YouTube App

The YouTube app has a feature that lets you save videos offline. It allows you to download video content when you're connected to a WiFi network and watch the videos when a connection is not available. The videos can only be saved to and viewed from inside the official YouTube app. This feature is available on both iOS and Android. Here's how it works. Read More

Stop Notifications Waking Your Screen When Do Not Disturb Is Enabled In Android 7

Do not disturb is a feature introduced in Android 6.0. It lets you silent all notifications for a specific time period. You can choose to allow messages and calls from select contacts to still alert you when Do not disturb is enabled. You can also schedule when Do not disturb is enabled and disabled. The feature is great for when you're trying to block out distractions or you want a peaceful, stress free night of sleep. Up until Android 6.0, Do not disturb disabled all sound alerts but your screen still lit up and the LED still flashed when you had a new notification. Android 7.0 lets you disable both these visual alerts when you've turned Do not disturb on. Here's how. Read More

How To Pin An App To The Share Menu In Android 7

Android has a system wide share menu that apps can access. The share menu makes it so you can share content from one app to another. It's useful for when you want to share a link you have open in Chrome with someone on Whatsapp. The share menu has been a part of Android for ages. Very few changes have been made to it over the years. With Android 7, the share menu now lets you pin your favorite sharing app to the top inside the menu. This makes it easier for you to select the app you want to share over. It also makes selecting recent contacts to share with much quicker. Here's how to pin an app to the share menu in Android 7. Read More

How To Save A Post To Drafts In Instagram For Editing Later

An Instagram filter can make a photo look good with no additional photography skills needed.  It does still have quite a few additional tools for making photos look good. It has the Layout app to support it as well as tools for adjusting the shadow, orientation, brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. If you're willing to spend more than a few seconds composing an Instagram post, you likely make use of its many other tools. The process can end up taking quite a bit of time which you might not have in one sitting. Up until a recent update, you had to either compose and post a photo in one sitting, or lose your edits until you had the time to complete them. Instagram has rolled out a 'Drafts' feature which lets you save the edits you've made to a photo and continue where you left off when you have the time. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Prevent Web Pages From Jumping Around When Loading In Chrome [Android]

Smartphones are increasingly used to browse the web. A significant volume of web traffic now comes from a smartphone and many smartphone browsers are built to make browsing mobile websites easier. More often than not, websites aren't optimized for viewing on a mobile device. This often means page elements that don't resize properly to fit a smaller screen or elements overflowing onto other elements. Of course a far more common occurrence is when a web page is loading and it jumps around/scrolls up. This happens most often when the page finishes loading but can happen multiple times even when the page is still loading. If you use Chrome on your Android device, there's a simple way to stop this from happening. Here's how. Read More

How To Watch Movies In Your Google Drive On The Chromecast

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Every Google product, whether it's for the web or for Android, supports Chromecast. Android has system wide support for the Chromecast and you can cast your entire screen to your TV or monitor. The Chrome browser has casting support built in as well so that you don't even need the dedicated Google Cast extension to cast your desktop or a Chrome tab. It's therefore surprising that Google Drive for Android lacks Chromecast support. If you have movies stored in your Google Drive, you can't cast them from inside the app. There are plenty of alternatives of course; you can use apps that can read data from a cloud drive and cast it to your Chromecast. You will of course experience considerable lag if you do so. A much simpler solution is to use the Photos apps instead which supports Chromecast. Read More

How To Enable Freeform Windows Mode In Android 7.0 [No Root]

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Android 7.0 has a hidden freeform mode that lets you arrange multiple app windows side-by-side or one-on-top-of-the-other on your screen. Much like you can have multiple windows open on your desktop, this freeform windows mode works similarly. It's best suited for tablets but any device running Android 7.0 can switch to it provided you know how to unlock it. Most unlocking methods involve rooting your device but there's a popular Android launcher app called Taskbar that lets you do it without root. Here's how to unlock freeform windows mode in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Select Which Toggles Appear In Quick Settings In Android 7.0

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Android 6.0 introduced helpful little tiles in the notifications panel that allowed users to access and toggle frequently used settings. Since the notifications panel can be accessed from inside any app, this makes those tiles very convenient to access. In Android 7.0, the same feature has been tweaked slightly so that you can access five of those tiles without having to drag the entire notifications panel down. Before, you had to open the panel all the way in order to access the tiles and it usually involved two swipe gestures; one to open the notifications panel and one to expand it. The quick settings are easier to access but there is only room for five tiles. Here's how you can change their order and have you preferred ones appear in quick settings. Read More

How To Get Night Shift On Android 7.0 [No Root]

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Earlier this year an awesome app named Flux was developed for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. The app tinted your screen a warmer color so that the bright blue or white of the screen didn't keep you awake longer than necessary. It's also pretty great for when you have to look at your screen in low light. The app was exceptionally popular, so much so, that the feature it added was made a part of iOS. Android hasn't quite caught up with the feature just yet even though early betas of Android N featured a dark mode that didn't make it to the final stable build. There is however a neat little app called Night Mode Enabler that is built for Android 7.0 to give you the night shift feature. It even adds a toggle to the notification panel so you can turn it On/Off quickly. It doesn't let you customize the tint color or its intensity. Read More

How To Add Multiple Input Languages In Android 7.0

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Android supports a long list of languages that you can set as your input language. Up until Android 6.0 you could only set one input language at a time. If you ever needed to switch to typing in a different language, you had to edit your system wide preferences from the Settings app. This was obviously time consuming and Android 7.0 rectifies that. You can now enable multiple input languages. The new multiple language support can be prioritized so that the language you type in most often is presented as the default one in the keyboard layout. The secondary language is one you can switch to from inside the keyboard. Here's how to enable multiple input languages in Android 7.0 and set their preferential order. Read More