How to Back Up SMS Messages on Your Android Phone

If you’re an Android user and need to delete the data on your phone, then you know that there are a number of good options for backing up your phone first. A lot of this can be done via the Cloud, so that the content can be brought back easily, but backing up your SMS inbox requires the use of third-party tools. There are a lot of different options on Google Play, but the question becomes which one should you use. Most of the popular ones require access to your Gmail account to automatically create and restore the backups, but if you aren’t comfortable giving this kind of access, we have a good option you can try, which we used ourselves as well to backup SMS messages on our Android phone.

Here is everything you need to know about backing up (and restoring) your phone’s SMS archive, which can be saved on the device, mailed to yourself, or saved to the cloud. This will be useful if you need to reset your phone to factory settings, or if you’re switching to a new phone. We used SMS Backup and Restore, which was acquired by Carbonite a few years ago. Just follow these steps to backup SMS on your Android phone.

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How you can tell when someone is seeing your text messages

People have love/hate relationships with messaging Read Receipts. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re those little alerts below messages that indicate that they have been seen or read by the other party.

When Read Receipt is turned on, people will be notified when you read the messages they’ve sent you. Vice versa, if it’s turned on on their side, you will be notified when they read your text.

It depends how you look at them.

Some people like these notifications because they give a sense of an immediate and urgent connection with others. Others hate them because they seem intrusive.

The common denominator is that Read Receipts force people to reply back as soon as possible and it depends if you see this as a good or bad thing.

Either way, it definitely has its worthwhile uses for keeping virtual conversations flowing. Parents can even use Read Receipts to keep tabs on their kids and have that assurance that each message sent is seen and, hopefully, replied to.

By Francis Navarro

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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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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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Streamlabs brings its livestreaming app to Android

Streamlabs came up with a  way for livestream broadcasters to make money from tips, and it is taking that tech to mobile livestreaming with its first app in the Google Play store for Android.

The San Francisco company has become popular for streamers who stream video — from game broadcasts to video shows — in real-time to fans on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. It enables streamers to monetize their followers by enabling easy tipping.

In the past quarter, the company grew its users 53 percent and processed over $25 million in tips (at no charge) for streamers. The company now has more than 500,000 monthly active channels where streamers are using it on the PC. Streamlabs is on track to process $100 million in tips in 2017.

The company announced today their first mobile livestreaming app in the Google Play store for all Android mobile devices, allowing for more engagement between streamer and viewer. And as for tips, rivals such as YouTube take a 30 percent cut of tips, while Streamlabs doesn’t take a cut at all.

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How to record any phone call on your iPhone or 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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Google Assistant: 5 killer new features you should be using

Google has had voice search features in Android for years, but when Google Assistant rolled out on the Pixel in October 2016, everything finally came together. You can now get Assistant on plenty of Android devices, and Google just improved the platform with a raft of new features in recent weeks.

It can be easy to miss the improvements if you don’t obsessively keep an eye on the news, so here they are in one place: the five coolest new features in Google Assistant.

Explore menu

Google used to hide all of Assistant’s features in a series of esoteric, buried menus. Now, there’s a much more sensible way to find out what sort of cool things you can do with Assistant in the Explore menu.

To access this menu, open Assistant and tap the blue drawer icon in the upper right corner. Here, you can find all the services supported by Assistant broken down into categories like Social & Communication, Education & Reference, Games & Fun, and more. Each tile links to a full info page where you can see sample commands and (if necessary) link your account. Bottom line: Checking out the Explore menu is the easiest way to keep track of newly added apps and services.

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How to set up speech-to-text in Android

It is never easy, safe or legal to use your phone for typing, talking during certain situations like driving.

In order to help the users with this issue, Android has a feature that writes text messages using Speech-to-text and to our surprise, the voice recognition is accurate. Below are the steps you need to follow in order to use the Speech-to-text feature

Step 1: Open any app, that welcomes keyboard and tap into the field, where you want to write

Step 2: Now tap the Microphone button present on the corner.

Step 3: Once you get “Speak Now”, start dictating the words you need on the message.

Step 4: If you want to insert punctuations, you need to dictate that as well.

Step 5: For Punctuations: Period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), exclamation or exclamation point (!)

Step 6:
For Line spacing: Enter or new line, new paragraph

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