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.

By GN Feature Story

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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.

By Gizbot Bureau

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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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How to properly charge a phone battery

Batteries are one of tech’s most boring subjects… until your phone, tablet or laptop dies. Here are our top battery tips and tricks to get the best battery life you can.

While most of us live in fear of a fading phone battery when we’re out and about, we don’t worry too much about that battery’s eventual lifespan (probably between three and five years). But there are ways to keep your battery in tip-top shape for a long and fruitful life.

Batteries do not enjoy eternal life. Most smartphone manufacturers say their devices rate their batteries at 300-500 cycles. Apple claims that its laptop batteries reach 80 percent of their original capacity after 1,000 charges.

After this point batteries aren’t able to hold as much electricity and will power your device for increasingly shorter periods of time.

So here’s some tips to extend your battery’s lifespan, be that in an iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone, tablet, or laptop.

The big questions about how to re-charge a battery is whether you should let it run to zero before re-charging to 100 percent. One reason why people are unsure is something they’ve heard of called the battery “memory effect”.

At what percentage should i charge my phone?

The rule with Li-ion batteries is to keep them 50 percent or more most of the time. When it drops below 50 percent top it up a little if you can. A little a few times a day seems to be the optimum to aim for.

But don’t charge it all the way to 100 percent . It won’t be fatal to your battery if you do a full recharge – most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies. But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery’s lifespan.

So a good range to aim for when charging a Li-ion battery is from about 40- to 80 percent in one go. Try not to let the battery drop below 20 percent.

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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

See full story at www.komando.com

How to take a screenshot on any Android phone

Every Android phone is different, and so is taking screenshots with them. Even though Android 4 introduced simple screenshots for all with the handy power-and-volume-down-key combo, nailing it can still be tricky. That’s why some phone makers have introduced new methods. We’re here to help: Just find your Android phone on the list below to learn the various ways to snap, share, and save a screenshot.

Acer phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and tap the Screenshot icon.

Asus phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and tap the Screenshot icon.

HTC phones

  • HTC U series: Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • HTC 10: Hold down the home and volume-down buttons OR hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • All other HTC phones: Hold down power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

Huawei and Honor phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel, switch to Shortcuts, and tap the Screenshot icon.

Lenovo

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel and tap the Screen Shot icon.

LG phones

  • Hold down the power (located on the back of the phone) and the volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel and tap the Capture+ icon.

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OnePlus 5 camera tips and tricks

The best camera is the one you have with you — but the photographer is important, too.

The OnePlus 5 has a capable camera, but as is the case with any other camera it can get better when you learn its quirks and features. Those possibilities are increased by its dual cameras that give you different resolutions, lens apertures and focal lengths — plus the software-enhanced Portrait Mode.

To get the most out of your OnePlus 5’s camera, follow these tips and tricks.

Turn on the camera quick launch

This is the simplest tip and one that every can benefit from: turning on the camera quick launch shortcut. Under Settings then Buttons you’ll see an option to press the power button twice to launch the camera. With that enabled, you’ll always have the camera to hand without having to unlock the phone and launch the app manually.

It’s hardly a new thing, but we’re happy to see it here. You should use it to make sure the camera is available at a moment’s notice.

BY ANDREW MARTONIK

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Hidden tricks you didn’t know your Android phone could do

A quick note before we begin: Android has a wide variety of makes, models, and versions, which makes it more difficult to find features that will be consistent across all devices. We only verified the following tips on stock Android 7.0 Nougat—they should also work on related systems, but some of the menus and procedures may vary slightly.

1. Cast your Android screen

For a number of years, you’ve been able to broadcast your Android phone or tablet’s display to the larger screen of a television using a Chromecast. In addition to beaming video from all the usual movie and TV apps, this streaming device can mirror your phone. Take advantage of a mirroring shortcut in the Quick Settings pane, which you access by dragging down from the top of the screen with two fingers. You should find a Cast option in this menu.

2. Run apps side-by-side

One of the new features added in Android 7.0 Nougat is the option to run apps side-by-side or one above the other. This view comes in handy when you want to display photos, optimize your social networking, or multitask, although it’s a bit too laggy for gaming.

To set it up, tap the Overview button (the square icon below the screen) button, and choose which of your recently used apps you want to see. Then, hold and drag that app’s title bar to the top or left of the display. Finally, choose another open app to appear alongside or under it.

3. Make text and images more visible

If you’re struggling to see what’s on the screen—or, alternatively, if you want to cram as much content as possible onto the display and don’t mind doing a bit of squinting along the way—you can zoom in or out on text and objects. Not all the apps will respond to these adjustments, but most of them will.

By David Nield

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