Take these steps to secure your phone before letting anyone–even your friends–borrow it

When somebody asks to borrow your phone—perhaps a stranger asks to make a call, or a friend wants to scroll through your vacation photos—the thought can give you heart palpitations. We keep so much data and personal information on our little pocket computers that handing them over to others, even voluntarily, can seem like an invasion of privacy. But you don’t have to feel that way. Both Android and iOS include built-in options for restricting what guests can do on your smartphone.

These security tips differ from the general lock-screen protections we’ve previously discussed. That advice—for example, you should always have a PIN code protecting your phone—keeps your information safe from anyone who might steal or accidentally encounter your device. But in this guide, we’re looking at situations where you willingly hand over your smartphone.

Android

When the 5.0 Lollipop version of Android launched in 2014, the cellular operating system began including a feature called screen pinning. Essentially, this mode locks the phone’s user inside one specific app, such as a game or a photo gallery. When a guest holds a screen-pinned phone, they cannot open other apps or change the settings unless they know the PIN that unlocks full access to the device.

To set up screen pinning, go to Settings and tap Security & location, then Screen pinning. Toggle the switch to On and make sure the option to always ask for a PIN before unpinning is set to On as well. Next, open up the app you want to let your guest access, then tap the Overview button (the square on the right side of the navigation bar); recent apps will appear in a line, with the app you just accessed front and center. Drag that app to the middle of the screen, then tap the thumbtack-shaped pin button that shows up in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail. Congratulations—only that app will now be accessible to users. To restore your phone’s full function, press the Back and Overview buttons at the same time and enter the PIN code for your phone.

If you want to take further precautions, or you have one friend or relative who’s constantly borrowing your device, try out Android’s guest mode. This ability, like screen pinning, first appeared with the advent of Lollipop. It gives a frequent phone borrower their own user account, complete with independent apps, browser settings, and more. Compare it to the way that one computer can host different users, where each user gets his or her own settings, files, and layout. When someone else is using your phone in guest mode, they cannot return to your account or access your files without your unlock code.

By David Nield

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10 Ways To Increase Your Android Battery Life

Your Android phone is the object you spend most of your time with. It knows about you more than any person does, it is the source of unending information that you gobble every day, and with the advent of apps like Voice Assistants, it has become your AI friend. Android has become more and more powerful over the years and has attained processing capabilities equivalent to desktop PCs just a few years ago.

But the only thing holding it back is battery life. So, people often ask “How can I extend my battery life?”, “Best tips and tricks to improve battery life” or “How do I make my Android battery last longer?”. Given its form factor and weight limitations, it has become increasingly difficult to squeeze any more power to the batteries with current technologies. So the solution to improve Android battery performance is through manipulations on the software side.

See full story at fossbytes.com

8 Tips & Tricks Of Android Oreo That You Might Not Know

Although Android Oreo has just made its entry in the real world for the general public, it is quite a great update over the previous generation Android Nougat. Not to conclude Android Nougat is any bad but every new Android version is meant to be better over its previous generation and so is Android Oreo. Moreover it is just not design up gradations but Android Oreo is integrated with some of the many security features.

Now many users will need to wait for their device to get the OTA update but the Google Pixel and Nexus 6P, 5X users are already receiving the updates.

1. Snooze Notifications:

Android Oreo has a direct snooze notification feature which allows the user snooze an appropriate notification in just a swipe. To activate the sleep notification, just swipe the notification and click on the ‘i’ to see more snooze options.

2. Settings:

Settings is the option that has got the major revamp. Unlike any other previous Android versions, Settings is now more organised and shortened I should add. Options in the settings are now grouped in many options just like we have seen in Windows 10 mobile OS.

3. Picture-in-Picture:

Okay, many Android users already enjoy this option with the help of root access. But with Android Oreo, the user can enjoy this feature out of the box. The picture-in-picture mode will help the user in accessing the video on a small area of the screen while doing other tasks on mobile. This feature will be extended to applications like Skype so that the user can video chat too in picture mode.

4. Battery optimization:

Android Oreo comes with an battery and RAM optimization option, which increase the performance of the device. What it actually does is, it stops all the task once the phone is in sleep, and only allows the app to run if a notification on the same is received. This will help in better memory management, and the user can enjoy more battery backup as the apps are not ultimately running.

By ScrollToday Staff

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The free app every parent should download this summer

The app makes learning about water safety fun for kids

Royal Life Saving recently released the National Drowning report for 2017 and the drowning statistics in under 5’is 29, a 38 percent increase on last year.

“Last year’s result (2016) of 21 [drownings] was our lowest on record but still the biggest cause of accidental deaths is backyard swimming pools where parents or those supervising left the gate open and let kids through,” explained Laurie.

Children need constant and active supervision when they’re in or around water and with summer approaching, vigilance is the key to keeping kids safe.

The app is aimed at parents and young kids and includes music, cartoons with a focus on the home, pool, beach and farm water safety.

There are five key things everyone needs to know about water safety

The Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, is ‘delighted’ to join the cause and the government is putting $1 million of funding into the program.

Kids Alive – Do the Five is made up of five important messages:

  1. Fence the pool
  2. Shut the gate
  3. Teach your kids to swim
  4. Supervise – watch your mate
  5. And learn how to resuscitate

We think every Aussie parent should have this app on their phone before summer starts because water safety is so important.

By Amy Lyall

See full story at kidspot.com.au

This lock screen trick can help you recover your lost phone faster

Your phone is one of the most important things you take with you every day. It contains your emails, your data, and your life. If you lose or misplace your phone you may never get it back, and if you do, it can take a lot of effort and time to find it.

But, did you know you can change your lock screen so that people know how to contact you if you’ve misplaced it?

Android and iOS devices work differently, but both devices have a way to display information on the lock screen, such as your name and email address. In this tip, we’ll walk you through the steps and explain why it’s important.

For Android

An Android device has a built-in feature that will allow you to add a lock screen message to your phone. In this message, you can write your contact info and a good number to call to notify you when found.

It is important to note that some of these steps are newer features of Android Oreo.

To add a lock screen message go to your devices Settings App, then tap Security & Location. Next to “Screen Lock” tap Settings, and finally tap Lock screen message.

From there you can add your personal contact information so that if found, that device will reach you much quicker.

Try not to put too much information on the lock screen, because anyone can view that information without putting in your device’s passcode. “If found reach me at…” should be followed by an email address or a number of someone close to you.

By Nathan Mathews

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How to use CM Launcher 3D 5.0 app to customize your Android

When it comes to Android, customization is the first word that comes to our mind. The smartphones that are powered by Android can be customized in and out starting from the wallpaper to OS itself.

For those, who want to customize the entire look but doesn’t know how to root, ‘Launchers’ are there just for you. Today we are going to be looking at the cool features of CM Launcher 3D. First of all, you can download this for free on your mobile from Google Play Store. This launcher was developed by China-based Internet company Cheetah Mobiles.

It has 10,000 of 2D/3D themes with scope for lots of customization with the different menu’s, lock screen themes, wallpapers, icons and contacts themes.

With this, you also get 3D widgets, 3D themes, and live wallpapers as well. Additionally, you can find 3D Fidget Spinner, 3D Wolf, Transparent Screen theme and other new VR themes.

By Gizbot Bureau

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How to Avoid Using Up All of your Smartphone Data

YOU KNOW THOSE texts from your carrier informing you that you’ve almost blown through your mobile data allotment? Of course you do. You receive them every month. Which means it’s time to make some changes. Sure, you could switch to an unlimited data plan, but those can be costly. Instead, take control of your data destiny by tweaking a few phone settings and recalibrating your media consumption.

1. Adjust Your System-Wide Settings

Smartphones ship with default settings, some of which are over-reliant on cellular data. Left unchanged, those settings can cause your phone to slurp up all of your plan’s allowed data even if you’re swiping and tapping conservatively. Find the following settings and change them. (You should change them even if you’re on an unlimited plan—use too much data and your carrier can throttle your connection, making pages and apps load at a mind-numbingly slow pace.)

2. Get Your Apps in Gear

Even with all of those system-wide settings turned on, you’ve probably got some data-intensive apps that can zap your monthly data.

3. Keeping Tabs

Still worried you’re missing something? Download an app to track your data usage. Your carrier probably offers an app (or a page on its website) that shows how much data you have left for the month, but there are better ways to do it.

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Android 8.0 Oreo Tips and Tricks You Should Know

After months of talking, testing and waiting finally the Android Oreo reaches the devices this week. Google just enrolled the upgrade for the Android smartphones, however, only for the selected devices which include Pixel and Nexus models. The beta version of the Android for the operating system has been in a testing phase via the developer preview since months. Till date, you must be aware of all the new and fascinating upgrades done by the Google, but you should know precisely the nifty hidden tricks and steps to explore them optimally. So, if you got your hands on the Android O and your device is compatible with the update you can use below tips to get the most out of it.

By James Lawson

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