How to Download Android 8.1 to Get Pixel 2 Features on Your Old Phone

How to Download the Android 8.1 Preview

Installing the latest version of Android is easy, but first you’ll want to make sure you have a device that supports the update. For now, it’s limited to Google’s own gadgets. That includes the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, along with last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones. It also covers the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the Pixel C.

When you’re ready, head to the Android Beta Program website and you’ll be asked to log into your Google account. Once you do that, you should see a page explaining the preview system with a section titled, “Your eligible devices.” Click on the device you want to update and the Android 8.1 preview should start to download automatically over the air.

What’s New in Android 8.1 Oreo?

Google hasn’t officially revealed what’s included in Android 8.1, but Gadget Hacks already uncovered a handful of new features. Many of them come from the Pixel 2, while a couple are simple fixes for annoying things about Android 8.0.

The best new feature might be the dark theme, which Google introduced with the Pixel 2. To switch it on, just change your home screen wallpaper to a dark image and your menus and folders will change to match it automatically. That’s great if you don’t feel like looking at a white screen all day, and especially at night right before going to sleep.

Android 8.1 brings the semi-transparent notification shade from the Pixel 2 for a nice visual upgrade. You’ll also get the new power menu introduced with Google’s newest smartphone. It slides out from the side of the device where the physical power button is located and features a sleeker design than the old menu.

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Speed up you Ageing Android Phone with these Handy Tips

This might sound familiar to most Android phone users — what was once a beast in terms of performance, starts getting sluggish. The interface starts stuttering, apps take longer to open. Some would blame the phone maker for deliberately slowing it down to make you buy the newest product. The simpler explanation is that yesterday’s smartphone hardware just isn’t powerful enough to handle the increasing complexity of today’s software.

Whatever the reason, here are a few tweaks that could get your old phone to behave faster than it.


This is the easiest way to see a noticeable improvement to the interface speed. First, you’ll need to enable “Developer Options”. Go to Settings > About and look for “Build Number” (it could be hidden inside a menu called “Software Info” on some phones). Tap it seven times to enable the hidden developer menu. Now, go back to Settings and you should see “Developer Options” near the “About” option. Select it and scroll down to find the following three options: “Window animation scale”, “Transition animation scale”, and “Animator duration scale”. Choose each of these options and select “Animation scale 0.5x” on all three. Doing this should show an immediate improvement in interface swiftness. You can turn the animations off entirely also if you prefer.


Rule of thumb — you should have at least a couple of gigabytes of free space on your phone for smooth functioning. A quick way to make space on your phone is to clear photos, videos, WhatsApp media and other downloaded media from the Gallery app. A painless way is by installing Google Photos, letting it back up the media you want and then using the “Make Free Space” feature from the side-menu.

Apps use your phone’s internal memory to temporarily store files for efficient functioning — this is referred to as cache. But this cache starts piling up over a period of time, consuming gigabytes of your phone’s storage. Clear cache by going to Settings > Storage and find an option called “Cached data”. Click it and confirm deletion of cached data. Just remember to not do this often; those cache files are useful for apps to quickly load its contents instead of rendering them over and over.

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How to watch YouTube in PiP mode on any Android smartphone

Google has started rolling out its latest Android 8.0 Oreo version in the market and it has reached few smartphones users till now. It comes with lots of new features and bug fixes too. One of the most useful features in this iteration of Android Oreo is its PiP (Picture in Picture) Mode.

However, we are not sure about most of the apps, these apps –YouTube, VLC, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Duo, Google Maps, and Chrome supports this feature. Below are the steps you can follow to watch youtube in PiP mode.

Step 1: First off, launch the YouTube app on your mobile.

Step 2: Now select a video to watch and tap on it so that it plays.

Step 3:
 Once it started playing, tap on the home button upon which the video player should shrink down in size

Step 4: As it is small now, you can the video window around your display, play/pause the video, skip to the next video.

Step 5: Also, to reopen the application, you can tap on the center icon to reopen the YouTube application

Step 6: Once you are done watching, you can simply swipe down the player to close it.

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How to Protect Your Data in Case Your Phone Gets Stolen

Since you can never know when your phone might be stolen, you’ll need to take a proactive approach to lock down your data now. By following these tips, you can minimize the chances of a thief accessing your data while increasing the odds of locating your stolen device. Although we live in dangerous times, we do possess strong tools to protect ourselves.

Install an Anti-Theft App

With the rise of smartphone theft, many security-focused companies started to expand their efforts from remote threats to those nearby. This led to the creation of several anti-theft programs that combine different technologies to assist users if their device is stolen.

Typically, these programs will include remote tracking so that you can locate your device and relay that information to the proper authorities. Remote wiping is another great feature that allows you to wipe the data and prevent unwarranted access. If you conduct regular backups, you won’t lose any data, but the thief will not have access.

Google provides these two features and the ability the ring your device to help you locate your phone in an application called Find My Device. This year, Google combined this program with an antivirus suite to create Play Protect, which acts as a security platform for Android smartphones.


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How to take the best photos with your Google Pixel 2

The Google Pixel 2 has a superb camera. There’s no doubt about that. But we know that with all photography, it’s not just the tools — it’s how you use them that makes a huge difference. Even though you can open up your Pixel 2 with no knowledge of photography and take some great shots, you should strive to do more — and we have a handful of great tips to help you get the most out of this phone’s camera.

Turn on location

Google Pixel 2 Google Photos search

Every time you take a photo with a modern smartphone, it’s capable of having its GPS-based location tied to that photo — that is, if you turn on this setting. Keeping a location tied to a photo may not seem important right now, but think about years down the road when you want to remember even more about the photo that you took — knowing more than a date and time will be super valuable. It also lets services like Google Photos easily group and make your photos searchable by location.

To turn it on, hop into your camera settings and you’ll see the toggle for “Save location” right at the top. You can always turn this feature back off later, and Google Photos will also remove location information from photos when you share them from the app.


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How to Get the Android 8.0 Oreo Beta on Your Galaxy S8

Here’s what you need to know to get your hands on Samsung’s Android 8.0 beta as soon as possible.

How to Prepare for Samsung’s Android 8.0 Beta Test

Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed when it plans to release the first beta, but we may already have the details. One Reddit user recently did some digging in the Samsung Plus app (which offers tips and access to special programs in the U.S.) and discovered multiple mentions of something called the Oreo Beta Program.

According to the leak, Samsung will open up its Android 8.0 beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. (no timezone mentioned), when you’ll be able to access it via the Samsung Plus app. In the U.S., the beta is available for T-Mobile, Sprint and unlocked versions of the phones, with just 7,500 spots open for each.

In the leak, Samsung also notes that the beta program is “First come, first served,” so you’ll want to act fast. In the meantime, it’s worth making sure you have the Samsung Plus app ready to go on your phone.

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Speed up your smartphone with these top tips

You may have noticed that your smartphone can sometimes feel a bit sluggish, often when loading apps, or swapping between programs – sometimes it might stop altogether.

This is fairly common after you’ve been using your handset for a while and installed various apps.

Fortunately there are some easy ways to make your phone faster. Here are six tips to help – make sure you check out the video above to find out more.

Tip 1: Check for Software updates

Speed up your smartphone 1 - System updates

Software updates from your network or phone maker can improve performance. So check your smartphone is running the most up-to-date software.

Go to the Settings menu. Look for an option called System updates or Software update. Then download any that are available.

Tip 2: Close your unused apps

Speed up your smartphone 2 - close apps

Open apps suck up memory. Having lots open will slow down your phone, especially if they use your location, like mapping apps. So shut any you aren’t using.

On an Android phone tap the right Recent Apps button on the bottom left. Flick any programs you aren’t using off the screen to close them.

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How to download videos from Instagram and Facebook on Android and iOS

Most of us do take videos just to upload it on our social media account to get instant gratification and nothing else. While there are lots of videos available on the social content, we might want to save some just because of its content whether it is to watch the video or sharing it with friends on another platform.

When it comes to Android, you can download EasyDownloader or Insta Save app from Play Store. Once you open either of the apps, it will run in the background with the icon showing on the bar.

Now go to the Instagram app and once you find the photo/video you want to download, tap the ellipses (…) button and select Copy Share URL. Once you tap that button, the app will start downloading the corresponding image and you’ll get a notification.

If you want to download videos from Facebook on your Android device, you can download an app called MyVideoDownloader for Facebook.

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