How To Save A Video Offline In The YouTube App

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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

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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

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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

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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]

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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

How To Use Quick Reply In Android 7.0

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Not all messages you receive require well thought out lengthy replies. Often, the only reply you need to send in response to a message is a single word; Okay, Yes, Pizza. To have to stop what you're doing and switch to your preferred Messages app simply to send a one-worded response is both annoying and time consuming. At the very least, it interrupts your work flow. Android 7.0 has added a neat new quick reply feature that saves you the trouble of switching to your messages app to reply to a message. You can now pull down a new message notification and read and reply to a message from the notification panel. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use The Double Tap Shortcut To Go To The Previous App In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 has introduced a neat multi-tasking feature called split-view that lets users pin two apps side by side. Users can easily switch between using the two apps. Anyone with a large screen is bound to love the feature but that's not the only new multi-tasking feature that Android 7.0 has introduced. There's a new shortcut that lets users switch to the previous app they were using from anywhere. The shortcut can be used from the home screen, the Google Now screen, the app drawer, and from inside any app. Here's how it works.

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How To Enable Silent Notifications For An App In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 has made considerable feature and UI changes to notifications. The notifications in Android 7.0 are now grouped together by the app they are from. This has removed the long list of notifications that just filled the notifications panel up. A quick reply feature has been added so that users  can reply to messages and emails from a notification and priority levels have been introduced to keep unimportant notifications from interrupting you. Priority levels for notifications is an experimental feature and it appears to be working well. If you aren't too keen on using an experimental feature to manage notifications you can instead use silent notifications. Silent notifications are set on a per-app basis. A silent notification will make no sound, will not vibrate, and cannot be peaked into. Here's how to set an app to deliver silent notifications. Read More

How To Customize The Display Size In Android 7.0

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Large HD screens have become a feature that phones and tablets alike compete on. Users factor in the pixel density and the physical size of a screen when they buy a device. A larger screen means you can view more content on it and a better display means everything looks better. Of course sharper displays mean the app icons and the text appear much smaller. Android 7.0 comes with a display size customization feature that lets you zoom in on your display. The feature essentially enlarges text and app icons making them easier to navigate. Here's how to customize the display size in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Enable And Set Power Notification Control Levels For Apps In Android 7.0

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All notifications are not created equal and Android 7.0 lets you prioritize the visibility of a notification on a per-app basis. Power Notification Control is an experimental feature for now but you can easily enable it. Giving an app's notifications a lower or higher priority will determine how you receive notifications from the app. An app with very low priority levels will not show a notification in the status bar while an app with a high priority level will be able to show notifications even when Do not disturb is enabled or when you're using a different app in full screen mode. The point is to choose which apps can interrupt you when you're busy with certain tasks on your phone, and which ones can't. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Set A Different Wallpaper For The Lock Screen And Home Screen In Android 7.0

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For a long time now, Android has had a one-wallpaper-to-rule-them-all policy. This doesn't mean all Android users are forever stuck using the same wallpaper with no option to change it. Instead, it means the wallpaper you set for your home screen will also be set for your lock screen. On the surface of it, this looks like a pretty reasonable limitation. When you unlock your screen and transition to the home screen, the wallpaper not changing makes the transition look much smoother. If however, you want to set a different wallpaper for the home screen and the lock screen, you finally have the option to do so in Android 7.0. Here's how. Read More

How To Block All Calls And Messages From A Number In Android 7.0

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Call blocking is a feature that older feature phones, and many smart phones have long supported. Call blocking has come and gone in various Android versions in the past. With Android 7.0, it's made a comeback and it is easily smarter than anything else in the smartphone market. Call blocking in Android 7 works globally i.e. a blocked number cannot call or text you over the regular phone/messaging app and it will also block all calls and messages from a number over any and all messaging apps you have installed on your device. Here's how to block a number in Android 7.0. Read More

How To View Two Chrome Tabs Side By Side In Android 7.0

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Android 7 comes with a neat little split view that allows you to pin two apps side by side. The two apps that are pinned can be used simply by tapping them making multitasking on an Android device very easy. Tablet users might get more out of the feature since they have a larger screen to work with. The feature is awesome and Chrome is built to take even more advantage of it. You can pin any two Chrome tabs side by side and switch between them like they were two separate apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Skip The Egg Hatching Animation In Pokèmon Go

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The first egg you hatch in Pokèmon Go will be a truly exciting point in the game for you. It's a milestone that you hit pretty early on. The mystery as to which Pokèmon you will hatch is there as is the hope that you might hatch something rare, depending on the type of egg you're hatching. My first egg hatch was a Magikarp and it helped me adjust to the disappointment that can come with hatching eggs. It's annoying hatching an egg that gives you a useless Pokèmon but it's even more annoying when you're in the middle of catching a Pokèmon and the 'Oh?' screen comes up. Your egg might hatch but the Pokèmon you're trying to catch might get away. Here's how you can skip it if it pops up at an untimely moment. Read More

How To Use Split View In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 comes with a pretty neat split view that lets you pin two apps side by side. Both apps remain active and you can switch between using the two. The split view works in both portrait and landscape mode. In portrait mode, the two apps you choose to pin appear stacked with one on top of the other. In landscape mode, they appear side by side as they would if you were on a desktop. One app acts as the default active app while the other is one in several active/recent apps that you can choose from. Here's how to use the split view in Android 7.0. Read More