10 Useful App Shortcuts From Google Apps Available In Android 7

Android 7.1 is already available on the new Pixel phones. Anyone with a supported Nexus device can join the Android Beta program and test it out as well. One of the highlight features of Android 7.1 is App Shortcuts. App Shortcuts are an imitation of 3D touch shortcuts on iOS and they're better. Since Android 7.1 isn't available for most phones at present so not many developers have updated their apps with App Shortcuts. Google on the other hand has updated almost all default Android apps to support App Shortcuts. Here's a list of the ten most useful shortcuts Google Apps have to offer.Read More

How To Get Public Transport Timings Inside Facebook Messenger

If you rely on public transport, and so many of us do, missing the bus or the train is the worst thing that can happen. It's bad if you're going for an interview and it's bad if you're trying to catch the last train home. For a daily work or school commute, most people know what time their public transport of choice arrives. Likewise they know their next option in case they miss the first one. For times when you're caught unprepared, Moovel's new Facebook Messenger bot Public Transport By Moovel is the answer. It works on both your phone and your desktop but is best used on phones. You send the bot your current location and it gives you public transport timings for it.Read More

How To Send GIFs And Convert Short Videos To GIFs In Whatsapp

Whatsapp has finally added support for GIFs. The app is one of the more popular messaging apps available for Android and iOS, and it did not support GIF playback up until now. When you send and receive GIFs over a conversation thread in GIFs, you will see a 'GIF' badge on the image to highlight the image type. The GIFs don't play automatically. You have to tap a GIF to play it. It is very similar to GIF support in the Facebook apps. Whatsapp has also introduced an in-app video to GIF converter and live photo to GIF converter. When you're sending a video, you have the option to send it as a GIF. The option is available for videos that are 6 seconds or shorter in length.Read More

How To Get The Pixel Phone’s Fingerprint Gestures On Any Device [No Root]

Google's Pixel phones have a unique feature that other Android phones running Android 7.1 will not get; fingerprint gestures. The fingerprint gesture lets you use the fingerprint sensor on a Pixel phone as an input device instead of just a security lock. Now, Pixel phones aren't the only Android phones in the market to have a fingerprint scanner. There are in fact lots of high end phones, including the Nexus 6P that have the scanner built in. Google is effectively locking them out of being able to use this particular feature. Fingerprint Quick Action and Fingerprint Gestures (Beta) are two Android apps that rectifythe problem; they add fingerprint gestures to all phones that have a fingerprint scanner. The do not require a rooted phone to work. Both are still in early stages of development but we found Fingerprint Gestures (Beta) to be far more superior. Depending on which phone you have, you might want to try them both out.Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Profile Picture Login For The Facebook App

When was the last time you actually signed into Facebook? The social network is such an essential part of our lives that we habitually leave our accounts signed in on trusted computers. For those who try to take a break, Facebook does everything it can to make it easier to come back. The Facebook mobile apps have a Profile Picture login feature that lets you log in to the Facebook app by just tapping on your profile picture. This feature is meant to be used when you log out of the app or uninstall it, and need to log in again. It isn't automatically enabled and you have to give Facebook explicit permission to enable it. If you have enabled it and are having second thoughts, disabling it is easy enough. Here's how.Read More

How To Backup And Download Your Favorite Vines As MP4 Files

Vine is being shut down. Twitter made the announcement just before the weekend. Users will no longer be able to record and upload new vines. Twitter said it will keep the old Vines around so they aren't lost forever, yet. Given that Vine is being shut down so soon, it's not a good idea to bank on Twitter keeping your favorite vines around forever. Fortunately there are other ways to keep your Vines around, ones that don't rely on Twitter. Giphy is offering to convert them to GIFs but that will leave you without the sound. A far better way to backup your Vines is to download them. RIP Vine is a free web app that lets you download Vines by any user. The Vines are saved in MP4 format. You are free to immortalize them/upload them to other websites like Facebook or Instagram once you have the MP4 file.Read More

How To Get A Plus Code For A Location In Google Maps

You can share locations in Google Maps via a link. If you'r trying to help someone find your house or a place of business, the easiest thing to do is to drop a pin and share it. When someone clicks or taps on the link, they jump to the location in question. The link is more or less the longitude and latitude coordinates for the location in question. Google Maps has another way to share locations though; plus codes. You can get a plus code for any location you drop a pin on. The codes are available only in the Android and iOS apps and not the web interface. In Google's own words, a Plus Code is like a postal address, one that Google Maps understands. Here's how they work.Read More

How To Disable Suggested Content From The New Tab Page In Chrome For Android

A while back, Chrome for Android introduced a content suggestion feature. At the time it was introduced, it was opt-in. Users who did not want to be presented with articles were never troubled by it. Those who liked it, could turn it On by enabling the right flags. A recent update to the mobile browser has turned suggested content on for everyone. Whenever you open a new tab, you will see a list of articles appear below the speed dial. The articles come from websites you frequently visit and are based on your areas of interest. In order to turn them off, you have to disable two Chrome flags. Here's how.Read More

How To Search For And Send GIFs From The Keyboard In Android 7

Android has long supported third-party keyboards, certainly much longer than iOS has. The third-party keyboards available for Android normally focus on providing a better typing experience. As of Android 7.1, the default Google Keyboard now supports GIF search. With GIF support, you no longer need to install a third-party keyboard to look for and send GIFs. The support is built-in like it is for emoji. You can switch to the GIF interface, search GIFs by topic, and send them with a tap.Read More

How To Use App Shortcuts In Android 7

Android 7.1 has a new feature called App Shortcuts. This feature will be available on all phones that receive the update, and not just the new Pixel phones. The feature is more or less a replication of the iOS 3D touch that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6S. The feature lets you access quick app-specific settings for an app from its home screen icon. If you need to jump to a quick location in Google Maps or see what's trending on YouTube, you won't have to open the app and then tap the right button to do so. The shortcuts allow you to jump straight to the right screen. Here's how they work.Read More

How To Use The Flip Camera Move In Android 7

Android phones have some of the most intelligent gesture support you will find on a smartphone. iPhones don't compare to a good high-end Android phone in terms of gestures. An iPhone has the usual gestures that perform the predictable action in the correct context. Android phones, and the Android system, is in a league of its own in this regard. Just look at 'Now on tap' if you need an example. Come Android 7.1, a much smarter set of gestures called 'Moves' is being added. The moves work with the buttons on a device as well as the accelerometer and gyroscope. Case in point is the new Flip Camera move that lets you flip the camera inside the app when you 'Double Twist' in the app. You no longer have to use the UI button to switch between the front and rear end cameras when you're in the app. A simple wrist flick will change it for you. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Unlock The Walking Dead Filter For Snapchat

Snapchat comes with some neat filters that you can apply to your photos. Some are simply color filters while others feature graphics for your current city, the current time, and even the current temperature. They are easily one of the more popular features of the app. The filters are often also a great way to promote things like important events or upcoming TV show premiers which is just what AMC has done. The Walking Dead Season 7 premier is just days away. To get viewers excited, AMC has released a special Snapchat filter just for fans of the show. It needs to be unlocked by taking a photo of a particular zombified ghost icon. Here's how to get it.Read More

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