How To Exclude Apps From The Doze Feature In Android 6.0

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Android 6.0 comes with a brand new feature called Doze that preserves battery life. It turns On by itself and you can neither opt-in nor opt-out of it. If Android thinks your battery charge needs saving, it will step-in and take measures to preserve it. One of the things Doze does to preserve the battery is to stop background notifications. You will continue to get background notifications from Hangouts but most if not all apps will not make the cut. If you have a different app that you want to rely on for important messages, or just have a few you would like to exclude from the Doze feature, you will have to explicitly tell Android 6.0 to leave it alone when it turns Doze On. Here's how. Read More

Have Your Phone Call Out To You Every Hour So You Don’t Lose It

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We've all misplaced our phones at some point. They're super thin and as each millimeter of their thickness is shed with a new model, they get easier to lose. It's getting so you don't have to let the phone slip between the crack in the couch and cushions to lose it. You can instead lose it by accidentally shutting it in a book. We once reviewed an app called Marco Polo for the iPhone that allowed you to call out to your phone if you had lost it but the app had one downside; it taxed your battery. Butterfingerz is an app for both iOS and Android that calls out to you after every hour so that if you can't find your phone, you can follow the sound to it. Read More

Find Which App Uses The Most Memory On Your Phone In Android 6.0

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You have no doubt observed that some apps, mostly those that are games, consume more battery life than others. This is true for just about any device whether it's a laptop or a mobile phone. Android phones are no different. Games will obviously tax your battery but apps also consume a device's memory i.e RAM. How slow or quickly an app runs, how good multi-tasking is on your device depends on the available RAM on said device. As of Android 6.0, users can now simply look up which apps are taking up the most memory on their device and optimize how they use the app so that the device runs more smoothly. Here's where you can look at the RAM usage for all running apps on your Android phone. Read More

How To Configure Do Not Disturb Rules In Android 6.0

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Android 5.0 introduced Do Not Disturb; a feature that allowed you to silent all notifications on your phone for a specific time on certain days. The feature at the time was called Interruptions. As of Android 6.0, it has been renamed to Do Not Disturb and it now comes with configurable rules. The rules allow you to create multiple scenarios that will trigger Do Not Disturb. These rules may be based on time, or an event in your calendar. The feature is very basic but exceptionally useful nonetheless. Here's how you can create rules for the Do Not Disturb feature in Android 6.0. Read More

How To Set Up App Links In Android 6.0

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Apps like Facebook and Twitter come with their own built-in browsers so that you can open links in your feed without having to switch to your browser. It makes it easier to return to your social media feed of choice and lately, these apps have been making improvements to their in-app browsers so that users have a better reading experience. That said, nothing opens a Facebook link like the Facebook app, and the same can be said of Twitter links. Android 6.0 makes opening these links in their respective apps much easier. You can set Twitter and Facebook (and just about any app that can open links) as the default app to open certain links from the more actions menu. This new feature is called App Links and here's how you can use it. Read More

How To Revoke Individual Permissions For An App In Android 6.0

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Security, especially when it comes to apps, has always been a huge concern for Android users. Every now and then you will see new reports of malicious apps being present in the Google Play Store. Malicious apps exist and they do make it to the Play Store and on to our devices. Unfortunately, a malicious app is only discovered after it's been around for a while. One way to keep ourselves safe is to limit what permissions an app has. Some apps might ask for additional permission as you continue to use them, or after they have been updated. If you ever feel an app is asking for too much access to your device you can always revoke it and as of Android 6.0, you can individually manage app permissions for any app and revoke them selectively. Here's how. Read More

Customize The Quick Access Toggles In The Notification Panel In Android 6.0

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My dad uses an Android phone and he knows the basics of it. One thing he's always had a problem with is the toggles in the Notification Panel. He manages to tap the WiFi toggle and turn it Off, and then he wonders why the internet isn't working (or who turned the internet Off on his phone). I've often wished I could just get rid of some of those toggles and it seems someone at Google has heard my silent prayers. In Android 6.0 there is a new experimental feature that allows you to customize which toggles appear in the Notification Panel. You can not only remove a toggle but also rearrange how they are ordered. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable The Invert Colors Toggle In Android 6.0

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Back in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) the toggles in the Notification Panel were a major addition. These toggles allowed users to quickly turn On/Off some of the most frequently used settings on the device like Bluetooth and WiFi. It also had a toggle that let you use the flash on your phone as a flashlight. With Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) there's a new toggle in the Notification Panel called Invert Colors but it is greyed out so that you cannot use it making you wonder why it's there in the first place and what exactly is it going to take to get it to work. To make the Invert Colors toggle functional, you need to turn it on in the Settings app. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable System UI Tuner In Android 6.0

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Android 6.0 is slowly rolling out to devices and it certainly comes with lots of new features that you will want to explore. Some features in Marshmallow are experimental and hidden away unless you decide you absolutely want to, have to, need to, try them out. These new experimental features reside in a preference in the Settings app called the System UI Tuner but you won't simply see the preference there if you open the Settings app. System UI Tuner, because of the experimental nature of its settings, has to be enabled first. Here's how. Read More

Stop Android 6.0 From Saving Your Passwords To Your Google Account

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Android 6.0 comes with lots of new features and one of those is Smart Passwords. What does Smart Passwords do? Well it takes your passwords and syncs them to your Google Account so you never ever lose them again, ever. It sounds great, right? Google will have all your passwords and everything you use requires a Google account. It's basically a version of 'One Ring to rule them all' that fits our world. The feature unfortunately is turned on by default when you upgrade to Android 6.0. In Android Lollipop a similar feature existed that saved your Wi-Fi password to your Google account. With Android 6.0 it takes things further and stores passwords entered in apps and websites. If that alarms you, here's where you can turn the Smart Passwords off. Read More

How To Access The Built-In File Manager In Android 6.0

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A few years ago, Android used to come with an app that made it possible for users to browse files stored on their device. Whether it was the internal memory or a memory card you wanted to access files on, the app let you do it. It was basic but unfortunately it soon disappeared. Users have since used file browsers that are available on the Google Play store but as of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there is once again a default file browser available on the system. Accessing it is a bit tricky though because it's not a stand alone app as you would expect it to be. Here's how you can access it. Read More

How To Minimize A Video In The Facebook App

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The Facebook app is updated regularly with bug and security fixes and little else to mention in its changelog. Every so often though, one of the updates is a big one that adds new features, or makes yet another change to the UI of the app. The most recent update to the app brought its design closer to iOS 9 (though it's still crashing like a drunk) and it introduced a new way to watch videos in the app. You can now minimize a video that's currently playing in the app so that it takes up just a small area at the bottom right of the app while you continue to scroll through the rest of your feed. Here's how. Read More

How To Block An Email Address In Gmail

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I've used Gmail as my main email service for years now. Gmail's handling of spam is what got me to stick with the service and abandon my Hotmail account. Where Gmail does an excellent job of handling spam, there is a certain kind of spam that it has no filter for; the spam that's not obvious spam, but still spam. These are emails from people that are legit users and aren't trying to scam you out of money but are instead trying to sell you things; office furniture, web development services, or trainings that have nothing to do with you. You can mark these messages as spam but Gmail will not treat it as such and the next email from any of these senders will make it to your primary inbox. There is good news though as a new block feature is being rolled out to Gmail users on the web and on Android. The block feature allows users to block emails by email address. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Move To iOS From An Android Device With Apple’s App

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A while back Google made it easier for anyone tired of their iPhone to switch to an Android device. There is an official page that helps you move your data from an iOS device to an Android device and make the transition as painless as possible. On September 9, 2015 Apple at its iPhone event fired back and announced an app called Move to iOS. It's the first (and possibly last) Android app that the company has ever built and the names pretty much says what it does; it helps you move from an Android device to an iPhone. Since iPhones work differently than Android devices you might be wondering just how the whole move works. Here's how. Read More

Privately Exchange Photos Of An Event With Your Facebook Friends

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Everyone has a phone and just about every phone in existence has a camera and that means given an event, a party, or even a slightly fun lunch hour, lots of photos will be taken. You might end up with everyone having snapped photos of a fun night out or if you're trying to conserve phone battery, you will have appointed a designated photographer to take all the photos. Once the photos have been taken, Facebook is the go-to place for sharing them so everyone has a copy. If you prefer private sharing of your photos however, Facebook has you covered with its Moments app. The app is kind of old and just upgraded to version 2.0 but it's just now been made available outside the U.S. What it does is that it automatically groups photos together based on the location and time they were taken. A group of such photos is called a moment and you can share it privately with one or several Facebook friends. Here's how it works. Read More

Install An App APK On Your Android Device From The Desktop [Windows]

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One of the things I'm most envious about when it comes to Android is the ability to initiate an app download from the desktop version of the Google Play store and remotely install an app to any Android device associated with my account. I would kill to have something like that on iOS. Pure APK Install is a new Windows app from Pure APK; a service that lets you download app APKs from the Google Play store. The app works independently of its own service and lets you install any APK file on your system to your Android device. You don't need root access and you can choose whether an app is installed to the external storage or the device's internal memory. For anyone who has trouble downloading and installing apps on their device, Pure APK Install is a simple solution. Read More

Arrange Photos In Your Facebook Post When Uploading Them From Your Phone

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The photos we share on Facebook make up a huge part of how we interact with other people on the social network. Take the ability to post photos away from Facebook and you'd be left wondering what to there. Facebook knows just how important photos are and it makes a deliberate effort to give us a great photo sharing experience. It also buys apps like Instagram to make sure it owns all your photos. Photo sharing is of course a feature everyone uses and if you often post photos from your smartphone you might wonder how you can post them in the right order (appetizer, main course, drinks, and dessert). The Facebook app lets you arrange them easily whether you're posting them for the first time or editing a post after sharing them. Here's how. Read More

Search Imgur For Reaction GIFs From Inside Facebook Messenger

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Imgur, while great for sharing images on Reddit is notorious for its very bad mobile apps. They recently released a fresh Android app and just a while before that overhauled their iOS app. The effort made on either one was unimpressive but Imgur still remains one of the biggest hoards of images available online. If you installed the app but are considering uninstalling it because it's so terrible you might want to keep it around because it lets you search for and send reaction GIFs from the Facebook Messenger app. Here's how. Read More

Export Your Firefox Profile From A Non-Rooted Device To Your Desktop [Android]

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Android users are divided into two categories; those that root their devices, and those that do not. The debate to root or not to root centers on points like warranty, unlocking the real power of your device, removing bloatware, risking a bricked device, and overclocking it to its death. Regardless of which side you root for (pun intended), the fact is that Android users with a rooted device can do more than those with a non-rooted device. One such limitation is accessing protected files such as your Firefox profile. Fortunately, there is a very simple way of exporting and saving it to your desktop without needing to root your device. Here's how. Read More

Schedule Text Messages For Any Date And Time On Your Android Phone

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Scheduled text messages is a feature that popular mobile platforms seem to ignore year after year. Granted there is no one popular app out there that would convince them that scheduling a text message is a much needed feature and that is probably why no one pays much attention to it. That said, it can be useful and SMStagger is a free material design app for Android phones that does the job beautifully. You can search for and select a recipient from your contacts, select the date and time when a message should be sent, and compose your message in advance. When the message is due, the app will send it. Read More