5 Tips to Boost Sound Quality in Android Without Root

With the number of music apps around — both online and offline — getting your hands on songs and videos is a child’s play these days. But more often than not, most of us barely take a second glance at the default sound settings which results in songs which can be best described as of decent quality.

And as is the case with many improvement hacks, a major portion of the sound modes are locked away only for the rooted devices.

But over the years, the non-rooted phone world has also scaled up significantly and has its share of nifty hacks which can boost the sound quality in Android phones in a jiffy.

On the same note, here are a couple of tricks to help you with the same.

1. Get a Good Equalizer App

Undoubtedly, the key to a good audio experience in Android lies in a sound equalizer app. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the music apps or video apps don’t have advanced control to adjust the bass or increase the treble.

2. Enable Mono Audio For Headphones

If you listen to songs on your headphones quite often, you must have noticed the difference in volume and quality once you plug out an ear pod. This can prove to be quite a bummer when you have to be attentive and yet not miss out on music quality.

3. Stream Songs in High Quality

Since the advent of apps like Spotify or Google Play Music, many of us have switched to online streaming rather than downloading songs offline. Though both the methods have their own sets of pros and cons, an area where online streaming hits a rough patch is audio quality.

By Namrata Gogoi

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Gmail for Android: 6 awesome features you probably aren’t using

The Gmail app has been on Android literally since the beginning, but it’s gotten much more powerful over the years. Today, the app does so many things, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Now, you don’t have to know everything Gmail can do in order to improve your efficiency, so here are the six most useful Gmail features you probably aren’t using.

Gmail Smart Replies

When Google’s Inbox app came out a few years ago, it offered a different approach to email with various “smart” features like bundles, reminders, and Smart Replies. Now Smart Replies is available directly in Gmail, and you might not understand how useful this feature can be if you haven’t also used Inbox.

Smart Replies appear at the bottom of emails you receive based on the context of the message. Not all emails will have them, and you have to scroll down through long messages to find them. Smart Replies show up as three phrases in blue boxes. The phrases are simple responses like “You’re welcome,” and “Sure, I’d be happy to chat.”

Change your default swipe action to delete

Consider this two tips in one—there are swipe actions in Gmail, and you can change what that swipe does. In your inbox view, just swipe left or right to act on a message. If you haven’t made any changes to the settings, swiping an email will archive it.

Gmail text formatting

Gmail on the desktop includes various formatting tools, but you don’t need to run over to a computer to make your emails prettier. The Gmail app includes formatting options to—they’re just a bit hidden. To format a block of text, long-press to select it, and one of the options in the popup should be “formatting.”

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Tips on How to Save Battery Life on Your Android Smartphone

In this day and age, almost all of us already own smartphones for everyday use. It is estimated that in 2017, there are more than 1.6 billion Android devices used by the people around the world, which is equivalent to 87.5% of the total global mobile operating system market. So it’s just safe to say that the majority use Android over Apple’s iOS.

But regardless of the operating system, a common problem when it comes to smartphone use is the battery drain. Most devices have batteries which can only last, when fully charged, at least three hours or a day at most depending on the usage. So the question begs: how can one make an Android smartphone’s battery last longer?

Here is a guide: Use black wallpaper Not so many know that using dark-colored background actually enables savings in battery life, especially if your smartphone has an AMOLED screen. When you have an AMOLED screen, the colored pixels are illuminated while the black pixels are unlit. This means that by using a black wallpaper, you do not need much power to light your screen due to the absence of colored pixels.

Use black wallpaper

Not so many know that using dark-colored background actually enables savings in battery life, especially if your smartphone has an AMOLED screen. When you have an AMOLED screen, the colored pixels are illuminated while the black pixels are unlit. This means that by using a black wallpaper, you do not need much power to light your screen due to the absence of colored pixels.

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19 Tips And Tricks To Make Android Faster And Improve Performance

What could be the many ways to use our Android devices efficiently, in such a way that we could reduce the lags and freezes as much as possible if not completely? Having said that, let me tell you some useful Android tips and tricks:

19 Tips and tricks to make Android Faster

1. Keep the apps you use, rest are garbage

Almost every Android tips and tricks guide you might read would recommend you to keep only those apps that you use on a daily basis. Doesn’t it sound obvious? Would you store unnecessary things in your house just because they are free? Well, our homes are often clogged with such stuff but do we need to do the same thing with our smartphones?

Various apps that live inside our smartphones run all the time and need to connect to the internet to keep working. And if these apps are of no use to us, they would only put a burden on the hardware and increase our data bills. Getting rid of such apps would be a wise move in the path to speed up Android.

2. Clear app cache

There are some apps which you don’t need on a regular basis, but they are important enough to have a place on your device. Like, the apps you use to book flights, hotels, and order. To make Android faster, try to remove the cached data for such apps in the Settings to make sure they don’t consume much space when they are not in use.

Clearing the cached data, sometimes, helps in making the app more smoother as it removes old data which might make it lag and lead to freezes and crashes. When the data gets deleted, the app can keep newer versions of the same things. This method is helpful in the case of big apps like Facebook and Instagram which store tons of images and other data on your device.

Do keep in mind clearing the app cache in many cases deletes the preferences the app has saved.

3. Clean the system memory several times during the day

Android has excellent task management skills. It can close unwanted processes on its own, whenever required. But this old school thing, I can tell you, it would help a lot if your device has a scarcity of RAM.

Nowadays, almost every launcher includes the option to free the system memory. If it’s not there, you should consider installing some memory cleaning app. And here I am not talking about the apps which claim to make your Android phone faster by running in real-time performing cleaning operations. And all they do is they make the device even slower.

Clearing the RAM of the smartphone can give you an instant performance boost as it closes various unwanted apps capturing the precious memory of the Android phone.

By Aditya Tiwari

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5 Security Tips Every Android User Should Know

Despite being open-source platform Android adhere to all security norms when it comes to user’s security. It works on latest techniques and smart algorithms to provide round-the-clock security to users worldwide. Android offers various built-in features to keep your device security intact. You can use these built-in features for improved device security. Additionally, you can use anti-malware and security apps for extended security of your device. Let’s discuss few useful security tips to keep your Android device safe.

Secure Android with Screen lock: This simple yet powerful step can help you protect your device data from falling into wrong hands when your device is lost or misplaced. It is also useful to keep your data away from prying eyes. Your device offers multiple locking options including PIN lock, password lock, pattern lock, and fingerprint or eye scanner lock. You can use one of these options to keep your device safe. In fact, following this simple steps can help you avoid more problematic situation like data loss. To activate screen lock on your device, head to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and select screen lock option from given options.

By OSCAR MICHEL

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How to see passwords of Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to your Android device

In past couple of years, most of them are able to access the Internet as it has reached widely on every nook and corners. There are per day Internet pack, cheap Internet packs for a month, free wifi in public, and in our home as well.

If we are frequently visiting a place say a coffee shop or any other restaurant with Wi-Fi, it is wise to save the password as asking every time might make you cheap or frustrate others. Knowing the passwords come in handy when you need the Wi-Fi password of a network you previously connected to on the phone.

So today, we have compiled steps to easily see passwords for Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected. Before we get started, it’s important to make it clear that the process only works on rooted Android devices. Moreover, you cannot get the Wi-Fi passwords without gaining admin access as this information is stored in the system folder of the device itself.

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How to record any phone call on your Android

You may think that recording a phone call is something that you don’t foresee yourself doing anytime soon but there is a variety of legitimate reasons why you may have to record a phone call.

Phone recordings can serve as audio evidence for customer service disputes and verbal contracts. They can also be useful for fact-checking reviews for phone interviews and the like.

Whatever may be the case, it’s good to know that you have a phone recording option handy. Recording a phone call on your iPhone or Android phone is not as straightforward as it sounds and it requires third-party apps.

Please keep in mind that recording phone call conversations without consent may be illegal in your state so check your local laws first. Although some states do allow phone conversation recordings without the other parties’ consent, some states require two-party consent, meaning you must inform the other party that they’re being recorded or you can face lawsuits if you release the recording or its transcript.

Also, since the wiretapping laws vary from state to state, it’s always better to play it safe and ask for permission from all parties before recording.

By Francis Navarro

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8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse

Android now accounts for the vast majority of commercial smartphone shipments, according to market intelligence firm IDC, with more than two-thirds of all global enterprise-oriented purchases in the first quarter of 2017. Out of the box, though, a typical Android phone is anything but optimized for productivity.

Power up most popular phones, and you’ll find ineffective home screens, mediocre keyboards and all sorts of untapped potential. But all it takes is a little tweaking to go from unrefined gizmo to finely tuned work companion.

Follow these eight steps, and your Android phone will be primed for productivity and ready for business.

1. Optimize your home screen

One of the simplest and most impactful ways to improve your phone’s effectiveness is to focus on its foundation: the home screen. Your home screen is the first thing you see when you unlock your device, and it’s the launching point for practically everything you do. Yet for most people, it’s a cluttered and inefficient mess — and that, suffice it to say, is counterproductive.

It helps to think of your home screen as a toolbox. If you were preparing to perform a home repair job, you’d want to be able to find the tools you use the most with a minimal amount of thought and effort. Were your toolbox a disorganized mess, you’d waste valuable time digging around every time you opened it.

Your home screen is no different. And unlike iOS, Android doesn’t limit you to a static grid of square icons. You can lay things out in any way that works best for you, employing a mix of app shortcuts, widgets and — critically — blank space.

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