How To Add Custom Tiles To Quick Settings In Android

Android 6.0 and later has a neat Quick Settings panel in the Notifications shade. The Quick Settings panel comes with a few preset toggles that let you toggle Bluetooth, WiFi, and screen orientation lock. Android has not made the Quick Settings panel OS exclusive and users can add or remove tiles to them. To add custom tiles, users need to download an app that will add the tile they want. These apps are available in abundance in the Google Play Store. Here'w how you can add custom tiles to Quick Settings In Android. Read More

How To Disable Animations In Android [No Root]

Animations are a cosmetic feature that make an OS look cooler. Animations fill transition actions i.e. when you switch from one app to the other, an animation makes the switch look smoother. Animations are part of all operating systems; Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. They do look neat and contribute to the finesse of the UI but they also drain your battery. An excellent example of this is the parallax effect in iOS which was a huge battery drain. Android is no different; it too has animations to fill the transition gaps and make the OS appear more fluid. These animations drain the battery like any other animation would. Here's how you can disable animations in Android. Read More

Get Notifications When There Is A New Google Doodle Game

Google uses doodles to mark noteworthy historical or major global events. During the Olympics, Google had a new game-doodle for every day of the event. Google doodles, when they're just bits of art are neat in themselves but Google does add a game every now and then. If you usually find out about a a play-able doodle through someone else, or when it's too late, you'll be glad to know that's about to stop. Google, through its Google app for Android, now lets you enable notifications when there is a new doodle available. Here's how to turn them on. Read More

You Can Now Download ADB And Fastboot As Stand Alone Tools

We've covered quite a few Android guides on AddictiveTips. Many are for flashing ROMs, rooting devices, or forcing a firmware update on your device. Often, an integral step in these guides involves unlocking your bootloader and then flashing a ROM or the new firmware via ADB and Fastboot. In order to do this, you have to install Android Studio. Without it, you cannot unlock the bootloader or flash a ROM. The thing is, Android Studio is a pretty large set of development tools when you only need to download ADB and Fastboot. Google has now made the ADB and Fastboot tools available for direct download so that you no longer have to download Android Studio just to get these two tools. Read More

Create A Shortcut To Launch Apps In Split Screen Mode In Android 7

Android 7.0 didn't have a lot of new features but Split Screen mode was definitely one of the bigger ones. The split screen mode lets you view two apps side by side. It's more impressive on an Android tablet or a phone with a considerably large screen. It takes quite a few taps to enter split screen view. Screens is a free Android app that lets you launch any two apps in split screen mode. The app does two things; it makes it super simple to enter split screen view, and it lets you create a shortcut to launch apps in split screen mode in Android 7.0. Root access is not required. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For All Tweets By A Twitter Account

If you enable notifications for the Twitter app, it will alert you when someone mentions you in a tweet, or favorites or retweets something you tweeted. It will also, on occasion, tell you when several accounts are tweeting about the same thing. So far, the Twitter app doesn't let you follow and get alerts for all tweets related to a specific hashtag. The great thing about Twitter though is that events of the smallest scale will often have dedicated Twitter accounts talking about them. For an event of any importance, news accounts on Twitter will likely be tweeting about it. If you want to be alerted to any and all tweets sent by a specific Twitter account, you can enable notifications specifically for it. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Custom Colors For Contacts In Messenger In Android

The Google Messenger app is the default messaging app in Android 7.0. The app can send and receive SMS and MMS. Some users speculate that this app will soon replace Hangouts but that hasn't happened just yet. Google Messenger is pretty simple for a messaging app; it has emoji, stickers, and quick contact look up. It also has a neat little feature that lets you set a custom color for conversation threads. You can set a different color for each contact you have a conversation thread for. Here's how. Read More

How To Create A Twitter Moment

Twitter moments are a new feature recently added to the service. A Twitter moment is a user curated collection of tweets. Think Snapchat story except it doesn't disappear. Twitter moments have been rolled out to users worldwide and perhaps you might have seen a moment or two shared by one of the accounts you follow. Here's how you can create your very own Twitter moment. Read More

How To Hide Your ‘Active’ Status On Facebook Messenger

Facebook had made its Messenger app a stand alone chat application. Its recent updates are pushing it more towards being a better replica of Snapchat but it remains so that even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still use it. When you send a message to a contact over Facebook Messenger, it shows you whether or not said person is active. If said person is inactive, it shows you how long ago they were active. For everyone who has you added as a contact in Facebook Messenger, the very same information about you is available to them. If you find it too intrusive, you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

How To Fast Forward & Rewind A YouTube Video By Ten Seconds [Android]

YouTube has long had a forward and back button for jumping to the next or previous video in playlist. The forward button works outside playlists as well and allows you to play the next suggested video. As far as jumping forward or back within the same video goes, you can only use the seek bar to do so on iOS. On Android, YouTube has received an update that allows users to fast forward or rewind a video by exactly ten seconds. The feature is activated by double tapping the left edge of a video to go back, and the right edge to jump ahead. Read More

How To Create Groups In Snapchat

Snapchat has always been about one-on-one conversations. If there's something you want to share with multiple people, you can add it to your story for everyone to see. That's how it works; you either share something with your friends one-by-one, or you publicize it for everyone to see. To make sharing a story with select friends easier, Snapchat has (finally) introduced groups. You can create a group of sixteen friends and share a story with them all at once. Here's how you can create groups in Snapchat. Read More

How To ‘Save’ An Instagram Post From Your Feed

Instagram has slowly been adding Snapchat like features with past updates. It's made a somewhat decent effort at mimicking these feature. For the most part, Instagram has focused on new features without making any improvements to how it works. The UI might have changed but the functionality is more or less the same as it was since the app was first released. In a recent update, Instagram has finally added a feature aimed at improving the user experience; a bookmark feature. Users can now save posts they like to their account. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use Shazam Inside Snapchat To Find & Listen To Songs

Snapchat often partners with other services and brands to give its users special in-app features. The latest service to join forces with Snapchat is Shazam. Shazam lets you identify songs and the service is so popular that even Siri uses it. With Snapchat, you can use it to identify and listen to the song playing in your vicinity. It doesn't let you send the song to a friend or add it to your Snapchat. You can use Shazam inside Snapchat so that you don't have to leave the app to identify or listen to a song. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use The Nearby Tracking Feature In Pokèmon Go

Tracking Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go was a very buggy feature when the game first launched because the game servers were usually always under immense load and tracking wasn't very reliable. Niantic responded to the many players complaints directed towards this feature by removing. They instead added a 'Sightings' feature to compensate for it and rolled out an experimental 'Nearby' feature to select users. The Nearby tracking feature in Pokèmon Go is an improved version of the original tracking feature and it has now been made available to players in other regions. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Transfer Multiple Pokèmon To Professor Willow In Pokèmon Go

Pokèmon Go lets you keep 250 Pokèmon in your bag. If you consider just how many Pidgeys and Rattatas appear on average, and you decide to catch them just for the XP, your bag is going to fill up very quickly. There is a very simple way to work around this; transfer the Pokèmon to Professor Willow. The feature has been part of the game from the very start. Originally, you had to transfer one Pokèmon at a time. An update to the app now lets you transfer multiple Pokèmon at once. Here's how. Read More

How To Use Shooting Modes In Google Camera [Android]

Some camera apps have a dedicated night mode for taking photos in low light. Instagram has a night mode for its Story feature in iOS though not for the main camera feature and it makes photos in low light look better. A recent update to the Google Camera app has brought something similar to for Android users; shooting modes. While shooting modes in Google Camera do not feature a night mode, they do include modes for shooting better photos when it is sunny or cloudy. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Quality Filter For Your Twitter Timeline

Twitter introduced a quality filter for the Notifications timeline a while ago. It is enabled by default and  it effects other timelines, not just the Notification timeline. It can result in you missing quite a few tweets. Case in point, I've been seeing very few new tweets in my timeline despite following over 800 accounts. I don't recall enabling the quality filter which leads me to believe Twitter enabled it by default when the feature was rolled out for my account. If you have been seeing too few new tweets in your timeline, you might need to disable the quality filter. If you are overwhelmed by too many tweets in your timeline, you might want to consider enabling the quality filter. Here's how. Read More

How To Download Movies & TV Shows For Offline Viewing In Netflix

Netflix has finally introduced offline viewing. At present it is limited to select movies and TV shows. It works  only on an iOS or Android device and is available through an app update. The feature allows you to download entire movies or episodes of a series you're watching to your device. In the event you do not have an internet connection, or you don't want to burn through your data plan while travelling, you can download something to watch later. Here's how the feature works. Read More

YouTube Indicates Partially Watched Videos & Resumes Playback Where You Left Off

The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don't finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video's thumbnail how much of the video you've watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here's what the feature looks like in action. Read More

How To Add A Do Not Disturb Switch To The Volume Controls In Android 7

Android has a do not disturb mode that you can enable to block out all unimportant alerts. The feature was introduced in Android 6 along with Quick Settings in the Notifications shade. This shade includes a toggle for enabling and disabling do not disturb. The shade can be accessed from any and all screens which means you can enable and disable do not disturb from any screen. If the shade isn't the easiest for you to access, Android 7 has an option to include a Do Not Disturb toggle in the volume controls. When you press either of the two physical volume keys on your device, a slider appears on your screen for managing the volume. As of Android 7, you can add a Do Not Disturb switch to this on-screen slider. Here's how. Read More