How To Use Incense To Catch Nearby Pokemon In Pokemon Go

When you start playing Pokemon your in-game starter kit includes Poke balls and incense. The Poke Balls you already know what to do with but the incense is also incredibly useful. The incense attracts Pokemon to wherever you drop it. It can cause Pokemon to spawn where the incense has been dropped and it can also attract Pokemon that are nearby to the location. You can't target what type of Pokemon is attracted to the incense because they do still spawn according to habitat. If you're in range of a few Pokemon and unable to physically go and find them, a little incense can do wonders. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Check If Pokemon Go Servers Are Up Without Logging Into The Game

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Pokemon Go servers were down again these past few hours, and by few we mean something around 5-6 hours in some places. The outage was intermittent meaning players were able to log on to the game briefly, hunt down a rare Pokemon only to have the game die on them before they could catch it. This is the second widespread outage the game suffered with the first coming right around the time the game was released. The game quickly buckled under the strain from so many users but had been stable since. When the servers go down, the game asks you to sign in again via your Google account. Only after you've signed in does the game tell you that servers are still down. You have to sign in again even if the servers went down and came back up in the time you weren't using the app. If you're tired of signing in repeatedly only to learn that the servers are down, Pokemon Go Server Status and Is Pokemon Go rip? let you know which regional servers are up and which are down. At present, all servers are up but you might want to bookmark these web apps for future outages. Read More

Get Notified When Pokemon Go Is Released In Your Country

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Pokemon Go has only released in a select few countries. The game is already struggling to keep up with the load on its servers from the players from these countries alone. Users outside the countries the game has officially been released to have still been able to play it simply by side loading the app on Android and/or downloading it from the US App Store on iOS. That basically means more load on the game's servers but if you're sitting the game out until it's official release in your country, you can sign up and get alerts for just that with Is Pokemon Go Available Yet. Read More

How To Look Up Where You Caught A Pokemon In Pokemon Go

The Pokemon in Pokemon Go spawn according to habitat. They are classified into different types such as bug, grass, water, etc. They spawn at certain locations e.g. a water type Pokemon will spawn near a lake or a stream, or even a pond in a park. It's rumored that water Pokemon might even spawn if it's raining. If you've caught a particularly rare or special Pokemon, your friends might want to try their luck at catching it too. Knowing where said Pokemon spawned, can help other players catch it. At the very least, it gives players a place to keep an eye on but how likely are you to remember where you found a certain Pokemon? Fortunately, the game has you covered since it does rely on location so much. Each time you catch a Pokemon, the location where you caught it is also recorded. Here's how you can retrieve it. Read More

How To Reduce Battery And Data Consumption By Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is an awesome game that makes excellent use of augmented reality and gets people to go outside. The only downside is that it's impossible to play this game without turning on your cellular data which is something that can cost an arm and a leg in terms of price, and reduce your device's battery significantly. Just walking around with cellular data turned On is a huge battery drain but to run an app that relies heavily on it means more power consumption. The thing with Pokemon Go is that it's significant data usage as well as the added drain to the battery can be attributed to one thing; maps. The app relies on your current location to help you find Pokemon and as you walk around, it constantly updates the in-game map which consume battery and data. To minimize this drain, simply download a map of your city and the app will consume less battery and data. Here's how. Read More

How To Find Nearby Pokèmon Using Paw Prints As A Guide

Update 1: As of a recent update to the Pokèmon Go app made on July 31, 2015, the nearby paw prints feature has been removed. This guide is no longer useful. We will update this post if Niantic adds the option back. Update 2: An update to Pokèmon Go made on August 9, 2016 has made the refresh rate of the nearby bar. It can be used to track Pokèmon nearby. You can check out the method here. Pokemon Go has been an instant hit and people are enthusiastically trying to catch them all. The game revolves around finding and catching Pokemon. It requires walking around the city and always being alert when a Pokemon is nearby. The game tells you when one or several Pokemon are nearby and it even provides you helpful little hints to whether or not you're getting closer or walking further away from a Pokemon. These little hints come in the form of paw prints that appear under a Pokemon that is nearby, or next to one you've selected. Here's how you can use them to find the Pokemon you want to catch. Read More

How To Walk In Pokémon Go And Find Pokéstops

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Pokemon Go has arrived and it's already interfering with productivity. The game is possibly the best AR game out there today and there are none like it which makes the game play slightly confusing. Mobile games are supposed to be simple and we can normally play them without having to do much other than tilt our screens or tap them. With Pokemon Go, things are quite different and many users are having trouble just learning to get around and finding Poke Stops. Here's how to do both. Read More

How To Get Chrome Mobile Bookmarks To Appear On Chrome Desktop

Chrome is available for both desktop and mobile platforms. On Android, it's usually the default browser and on iOS, you can download the browser from the App Store. Chrome is likewise available for Windows and macOS. One of the browser's pioneering features is the ability to sync user data including history, auto-fill information, bookmarks, and apps and extensions across Chrome installations on different platforms. The same feature is available on Chrome for iOS and Android and if enabled you can sync your Chrome mobile bookmarks to your desktop Chrome installations. Here's how. Read More

How To Add Stickers To Photos In Twitter For iOS And Android

Twitter has just introduced stickers to its iOS and Android apps. The stickers can be added to photos that you're tweeting. The feature mimics Facebook's feature of the same name that even has its own stand alone app. The feature is rolling out slowly as the updated app is made available to different regions and isn't available yet on the web interface but likely will be added to it like the GIF feature was. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Identify Any Plant With Just A Photo Of It

Accidentally touching poison oak or poison ivy was a popular story line used by sitcoms two decades ago. It might have been funny but it also made it obvious that some plants can be dangerous for you. Plants are basically awesome until they try to kill you or your pet but a dangerous plant is rarely something we know about until it's too late. PlantNet is an iOS and Android app that lets you identify any plant with just a photo. It's a great way to not just make sure plants in your home are safe for you, your kids, and your pets but also a good way to learn about the flora in your community. Read More

How To Upload Images Directly To Instagram From Inside Any App

Before Facebook bought Instagram, the app kept an air of exclusivity about it. It was only available for the iOS platform and remained so for a long time until Facebook's acquisition turned things in a different direction. Since then, Instagram has slowly opened up with a reasonably functional web interface and apps for the Android and Windows phone platform. The app has just received a small update that opens it up further allowing users to post to Instagram from any other app via the share menu. Before, users could export an image to Instagram or save it to their camera roll and access it from the Instagram app but as of version 8.2, that is all history. Read More

How To Measure Anything With An A4 Paper And Your Android Phone

Before smartphones were a thing it was always a good idea to keep a pen and some paper in your pocket so you could write down something important if needed. Smartphones have pretty much eliminated this need and not just because they come with great note taking apps but because the camera lets us snap a sharp image of any information we need to save. Apps like Google Keep can detect text in an image and turn it into a note for you. TakeMeasure is a free Android app that turns your camera into a measuring tool provided you have an A4 paper available. The app has you place the object you want to measure next to the A4 paper and photograph them together. It then finds the size of the object relative to the A4 paper. Read More

How To Sync Your Dictionary & Learned Words Between Android Devices

A good keyboard is defined by how much easier it makes typing, how well it picks up on your spelling errors, how accurately it can predict the word you want to type next, and how responsive it is. Android users have a large number of third-party keyboards they can try out until they find the perfect fit. For every keyboard you try, there will be a small period when you break it in first and teach it how you type. That is really the only challenge if you like everything else about it but this is also where it's a good idea to just stick with the default Google Keyboard on your Android device. The keyboard can save the words it learns from you as you type and sync them to all other Android devices that are connected to your account. Here's how you can enable dictionary syncing between Android devices. Read More

How To Use Google Maps & Apple Maps On The Go Without An Internet Connection

Data plans can be exceptionally expensive and carriers will often bar messaging and call services from being used over them. You know you can't use your carrier's data plan to FaceTime mom and will instead have to pay the carrier a different call rate. Your carrier's data plan will let you browse the internet, Tweet, post to Facebook, or find a place on a map. If you're using a small data plan and trying to conserve bandwidth, the maps app is one place you can cut back. If you use either Google Maps or Apple Maps, here's a little trick to using it offline. Read More

How To Watch VR Or 360 Degree YouTube Videos On Your Phone

360 degree videos have been quite popular on both YouTube and Facebook. The first 360 video I found on YouTube was on the Team Coco channel featuring the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Unfortunately I found it on my desktop and watching it wasn't much fun. This was about a year ago when Google Cardboard had already debuted. Since then, 360 degree videos and VR content has been added to YouTube but it's only a recent update that's allowed both iOS and Android users to watch one on their phones. Android of course had the ability to watch these videos long before iOS did but a recent update to the YouTube app for iOS has made the feature available for both major smartphone devices. You will need Google Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch the videos. Read More

How To Identify And Troubleshoot A Slow Charging Android Phone Problem

You can charge an Android phone, and just about all other smartphones, by either connecting them to your laptop, PC/Mac, or by plugging them into a wall outlet. You might have noticed that sometimes your phone takes hours to charge when you connect it to your laptop but charges much faster when you connect it to a wall outlet. You might think it's because your laptop isn't capable of charging the phone faster but that's not the case. Your Android phone might be charging slowly for a number of reasons one of which might be a defective data cable. There can also be other reasons that cause it to charge slowly and you might be suspecting your data cable of being the cause of it. Here's how to identify what might cause your Android phone to charge slowly. Read More

How To Unlock Your Android Phone Just By Looking At It

Security is a very serious concern for anyone using a smartphone and where it's important to keep our information safe it's also important to be able to get inside our device easily. Android users often have more than just the system based options for securing a device and with newer devices that support finger print recognition, you have yet another way to quickly and safely unlock your device. Users who have the option to pair their phones with a smartwatch can unlock a phone faster but if you don't have a device to pair with your Android phone you can use face recognition to unlock it. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Autoplay On/Off In The YouTube Mobile Apps

Early in 2015, YouTube added a new autoplay that would automatically play the next suggested video when the one you were watching ended. The feature is somewhat similar to the play next feature on Hulu in that it gives you a brief window to stop the autoplay. The good thing is that the feature can be turned Off easily on the web. At the time, it hadn't been rolled out to YouTube's mobile apps but that's no longer the case after a recent update. YouTube has added autoplay to both its Android and iOS apps. Here's how to use it and turn it Off if you find it annoying. Read More

Use One-Handed Keyboards To Type Better With Your Left Hand

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People with a dominant left hand often find themselves at a disadvantage almost everywhere they go. Even tech favors those who have a dominant right hand over those who are left-handed. Laptops are seldom built for someone who is left handed and even phones aren't built to cater to left-handed users. With phones, particularly those with larger screens, navigating with just one hand is often impossible however, if you do manage to use a large phone with just one hand, it's likely that one hand is your right one. If you are left-handed and the default keyboard makes it hard for you to type with your dominant hand, consider using a 'one-handed' keyboard instead. Read More

How To Cast A Video Or Image From Google Drive And Dropbox

Chromecast is natively supported on Android and you can cast just about anything, even your entire screen to a TV. If your device is running a much older version of Android that lacks native Chromecast support or you're using an iPhone, your casting options are limited to those apps that support the Chromecast. This is a problem because despite the device being incredibly useful and affordable, support for it is still lacking. Often developers pigeon hole the purpose their apps will be used for and don't take into account the fact that a user will always try and get more out of. Take for example Google Drive and Dropbox; both are incredibly popular apps with a myriad of uses and they do not support Chromecast. If you're looking to cast anything from either of these two apps you need an intermediary app called LocalCast. Read More