Top Things Any Android Owner Should Know About

If you’re having fun with your Android smartphone, just know this: you could always be having more fun!  There are quite a few important things that most Android consumers aren’t aware about, like for example the fact that you don’t have to be annoyed by countless notifications from apps super late at night.

While apps are useful, that could happen if you’re on dating site or looking for interracial dating site that comes with an app. It’s a great way to meet new people and it’s on both Android and iOS, so you can meet people from “the other side” as well. However there might be a 6 hours time window where you just want to get some rest and disabling notifications in that time period can help. That, and other tips and tricks will be discussed in the remainder of this article.

By Scott Williams

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Top 5 Apps for Budgeting & Saving Money

Are you looking for some of the best apps for budgeting? We know how hard it can be to find useful apps to help you save money or just track your expenses. Since there are so many budgeting apps out there for both iOS and Android, we thought we would make a list. This list has five great budgeting apps that will help you track your expenses and plan for your future. The best part about all of these apps are that they will help you track your expenses, plan for the future, and save money. If you are in the hunt for a good budget app, read on to learn about five of the best apps for budgeting out there right now.

Top 5 Apps for Budgeting – Budget Monitoring & Planning

Mint- Mint is one of the best apps for budgeting out right now. Mint is a free app for both iOS and Android. You probably have heard about Mint before because it is one of the most popular financial apps out there. Mint can connect to your bank and it uses the same type of security as banks for the maximum protection on the mobile app. With Mint, you will be able to create your own personalized budget based on the information from your bank and information you input into the app.

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How to Erase data from your lost Android device

Unfortunately, at times, we lose our smartphone/tablet or it might get stolen as well without our knowledge. However, it likely contains a good amount of data some of which is probably sensitive personal/official data.

However, if you prevent prying eyes from getting to that data, plus apps to help you find a lost device, we have lots of app on the app store. Today, we guide you on how to erase the content, lock the device and with little luck retrieve the phone. Today, we are going to do the above-mentioned process using Find My Device is on by default for Android devices. In order for the ‘Find my device to work’, your device must be turned on, signed in to a Google Account, connected to the Internet either by data or wifi, Location and Find my device turned on. Once you see your device in ‘Find my phone’, it will show your device’s last location, and the device gets a notification.

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5 settings to change for better battery life on EMUI 5

The following tips should help you maximize the battery life of any Huawei device running EMUI 5.0, be it an Honor 6XMate 9, or MediaPad tablet.

Most of what we will cover below is found in the EMUI 5 Settings app under Battery, which makes sense, of course. If a setting is found outside of that section, we will point it out.

1. Auto-close apps when locked

Rogue apps running in the background will almost always be an area to check when it comes to battery drain. Huawei gives you the option to force close background apps each and every time you lock your EMUI 5 device.

Select the option titled Close apps after screen lock in the Battery settings to view a list of all installed apps on your device, as well as adjust whether you want the app to be closed automatically.

2. Power Intensive Apps

EMUI 5.0 provides a list of apps that are using, well, a lot of power. When you open this section of Battery settings, a list of apps that are currently running in the background will fill in. Sometimes there will be only one, other times the list will go on and on.

You can kill any of the apps listed by checking the box to the right, then tap Close at the bottom of the screen.

Tap on the app name itself to adjust whether or not you want to be alerted when it’s using too much power, as well as indicate if you want it to force close at screen lock.

BY JASON CIPRIANI

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Google Home app gets updated with a new interface and Night Mode

On the eve of Google’s Pixel event, the Google Home app is getting a facelift. An update is rolling out now that pushes the app version to 1.25.81.13 and brings a refreshed interface along with easier navigation. The Watch, Listen, and Discover tabs have been replaced by new Discover and Browse categories at the bottom of the screen. While the navigation might be slightly different, Google’s familiar card layout returns with some new cards in tow.

When you load the app, the Discover section will be your default destination. Discover will show you cards with tips to help you use your devices more effectively. Some of the tips I’ve seen are how to activate Assistant and how to raise and lower the volume. The tips are should shed light on how the device works to newer owners, but veteran owners probably won’t glean much from them.

By Matt Adams

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How to know if your phone or tablet has a virus or malware

What do viruses do to your phone or tablet?

Now that we’ve established that both Android and Apple phones and tablets can be hit by a virus or malware, are there tell-tale signs that will clue you in that your gadget is indeed infected?

Typically, profit-oriented infections like spyware, adware, clickware, or premium SMS scams are stealthy since these want to milk your gadget for revenue for as long as they can.

So aside from the obvious signs of ransomware and lockware, how can you tell that there’s something malicious lurking on your gadget?

Here are clues you need to watch out for to suspect that your gadget is infected with some form of malware (both Android and iOS, jailbroken or not).

Surge in data usage

One of the first things to check is your monthly data usage. This is generally located on your statement from your cellphone service provider or when you view your mobile account details online. Compare the amount of data used to data usage from the prior months and if you notice sudden spikes in your data even though you haven’t really changed your usage patterns, then chances are you are infected.

Adware infected phones usually perform unsolicited clicks in the background to generate profit for cybercriminals. All of these stealthy tactics use up bandwidth and the unauthorized data they consume should be fairly easy to spot.

Unexplained charges

One other sure sign that your Android gadget is infected is by incurring unusual charges on your cellphone bill under the “SMS” category. This happens when your gadget is infected with malware that sends text messages to premium-rate numbers and charges you.

Sudden pop-ups

If you’re starting to get annoying pop-up ads and notifications, unwanted reminders and nagging “system” warnings that just won’t go away, then your phone may have been compromised. Malware can also add bookmarks that you don’t want, website shortcuts to your home screen that you didn’t create and spammy messages that entice you to click through.

Apart from slowing down your phone and eating away at your data, these intrusive notifications can also install more malware on your phone.

By Francis Navarro

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How to install an SSH server on your Android phone

Upon reading the title, the first question out of your mind might be, “Why?” the answer will depend upon your usage. You might want a secure way to copy files from your device. If you’re a developer, you might want to have easy access to the filesystem hierarchy. Whatever your reason, there are apps available in the Google Play Store that will serve this purpose well. One of my favorites is called SimpleSSHD. This Android SSH server doesn’t offer much in the way of bells and whistles, but it does the trick and does so easily.

Let’s install SimpleSSH and see how to make use of it.

Installation

I will be installing SimpleSSH on a OnePlus 3, running Android 7.1.1. SimpleSSH will run on Android 2.1 and up, so you can be certain (unless your device is really old), this app will work. SimpleSSH also does not require a rooted device.

The installation is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  2. Search for SimpleSSH
  3. Locate and tap the entry by galexand
  4. Tap Install
  5. Allow the installation to complete

And that’s it for installation. You will find the SimpleSSH launcher in your App Drawer or on your home screen (or both). Tap the app icon to start SimpleSSH.

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8 Best Ways to Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage

In recent years, mobile data usage has skyrocketed. Apps have become more data hungry and are constantly pushing new versions for an update. Earlier, web surfing used to be mostly in text. Now, video streaming services have gained widespread popularity, and social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram have also integrated video services as a mainstream appeal. It has become increasingly difficult to reduce data usage on Android.

Here we have compiled some of the most effective ways you can save Android data.

Best Ways to Reduce Data Usage on Android

1. Limit your data usage in Android Settings.

Setting a limit to your monthly data usage is the easiest thing you can do to avoid using surpass amounts of data without your knowledge. You can limit your mobile data usage on Android via the Settings app. Head over to the Settings and tap on DataUsage>>Billing Cycle>>Data limit and billing cycle. There you can set the maximum amount of data you intend to use in a month. Additionally, you can also opt for automatic disconnection from the network once the data limit is reached.

2. Restrict App background data

Some apps keep consuming mobile data even when the smartphone is not in use. Background data allows you to keep your apps monitored and updated while multitasking or when the screen is off. But every app doesn’t need to use background data at all times.

Go to Settings >> Data Usage and you can see the statistics for which app is consuming how much of data.

By Abhilekh Das

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