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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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