4 Tips You Should Know to Selecting the Best Music Downloader For Your Android Phone

Music is food for the soul. Listening to the latest tracks from your favorite artists when relaxing on the beach will make the holiday perfect. For others, it is the ultimate way to enjoy a ride to and from work, refresh old memories, rekindle lost love, and remain in the best mood. But wait a minute! The lovely tracks you cherish so much might not be there next time you visit YouTube or preferred streaming service. This is because the music is under the control of other parties.

  • The artist might decide to pull the song or video down from the service
  • The streaming service might institute new policies that force some songs removed from the lists
  • The online services and databases can be attacked by cyber criminals bringing down the network or damaging the tracks
  • The music site can become unavailable during maintenance or when shifting to new domains

The best way to be in full control of your music and take entertainment to the next level is downloading and storing into the drive. Here are top four tips for selecting the best music downloader for your Android phone.


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Turning Your Android Phone into a Webcam: How To Do It

Have you ever been dissatisfied with the low-quality webcam that your laptop was shipped with? Apart from the very latest laptops, the tiny cameras on notebooks seem almost like an afterthought. Here’s how you can turn your Android phone into a functional webcam…

  • First of all, you need to install an app from the Play store. There are a few apps that can turn your phone into webcam.
  • Set up a user ID and password, which is good for the phone webcam’s privacy and security.
  • At this point, go to your computer and open up your web browser. Browse to the phone webcam’s IP address. Simply type in the complete IP address (with the port) at the address bar and hit enter.

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Amazon FreeTime comes to Android phones and tablets

Amazon’s FreeTime service, which includes access to curated kid-friendly content and various parental controls, is now arriving on Android devices with the launch of a new FreeTime Android app. The app offers parents a similar set of parental controls as those found on Amazon’s Fire tablet devices, as well as a handpicked selection of over 40,000 YouTube videos and websites that have been deemed safe for kids through the FreeTime web browser.

Parents will also be able to upgrade to FreeTime Unlimited for $2.99 per month for an expanded selection of content, if the parent is a Prime member. If not, the price is $4.99 per month – as it is for the Fire tablet version of the service.

This upgraded selection includes over 10,000 age-appropriate books and videos from brands like Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, PBS Kids, HarperCollins, Sesame Street, Simon & Schuster, and others.


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How to download YouTube video to Android phone

If one of the things for which you enjoy using your Android phone or Android tablet is to watch YouTube, the need to be in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot can be a pain. And if you are using a mobile data connection, watching those old favourites time and again can quickly put you over your allowance. The solution is to download YouTube videos to your Android device for offline viewing.

Here’s how to Download YouTube to an Android phone or Android tablet

Step 1. Several free apps are available that let you download YouTube videos to your Android phone or Android tablet. We like TubeMate, but unsurprisingly you won’t find it at Google Play. Head to tubemate.net on your phone or tablet’s browser and click to download version 2.2.9 from one of the list of verified sites. We chose the first option: Android Freeware. The link will take you directly to the download page; click on the large Install app button, then click OK when your device warns you that the file you are downloading can harm your device. (It won’t harm your device, but you will get this notification any time you download an app installer file outside of Google Play.) See Android Advisor.

Download YouTube to an Android phone or Android tablet

Step 2. By default, Android won’t let you install software from sources other than Google Play. Tap Settings, Security (on our S6 it’s in Lock screen and security), then enable the option to allow installation from Unknown sources. Tap Ok to the warning. Remember to reverse this setting following the installation of TubeMate.

Download YouTube to an Android phone or Android tablet

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How to stop Facebook automatically playing videos: Stop autoplaying videos in Facebook for Android and iOS


One of the most commonly shared type of posts, video is huge on Facebook. Video also autoplays on Facebook’s mobile apps, which is irritating. Here’s how to stop Facebook automatically playing video. Also see: 13 best Facebook tips and tricks.

How to stop Facebook videos automatically playing: Android app

Step 1. Open the Facebook Android app and open the Settings menu. To do this, tap the icon with three horizontal lines toward the top right of your News Feed (not the icon with three horizontal lines and a silhouette; this opens Facebook Chat). Like PC Advisor on Facebook.

How to stop Facebook automatically playing video

Step 2. Once in the Settings menu you’ll be able to see a link to your profile page, friends, events, photos, pages you manage and more.

How to stop Facebook automatically playing video

Step 3. Scroll down to the Help & Settings section and choose the top entry: App Settings.

How to stop Facebook automatically playing video

Step 4. Under General settings look for and select Video Auto-play.

How to stop Facebook automatically playing video

Step 5. Video Auto-play offers three options: On, Wi-fi only and off. Choose Off if you don’t want video to ever autoplay on Facebook; choose Wi-fi only if you don’t like video autoplaying because you’re worried about going over your tariff’s data allowance.

by Marie Brewis

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How to take and edit slow-motion video on the HTC One M8


The following is a proven scientific fact: Kids playing in slow motion are cuter than kids at full speed. (And a lot easier to catch.) And taking slow-motion video on the HTC One M8 is a simple and fun way to add a bit of depth and differentiation to videos you take with your M8 — as well as what ends up in the M8’s excellent Video Highlights feature.

So. How do you take a slow-motion video on the HTC One M8? Here’s how.

The redesign of the camera app in Sense 6 means that some features may be an extra layer down than they used to be. But it’s still pretty quick and easy to get to the slow-motion option on the M8.

  • First, slip into video mode. (Hit the button with the four circles on it.)
  • Now look for the video mode button. It’ll be between the three-dot overflow and the ISO settings.
  • Tap it, and then choose the little walking guy option. You’ll see “Slow motion video” flash on the screen.

Now all you have to do is hit the video record button. Once you do, you’ll notice that it’s recording four times faster than you’re used to, and the elapsed time will count up by 4 seconds instead of 1 second. Then when you play back the video, you’ll have some sweet slow-motion action. You lose out on audio when recording in slow motion (annnnnnnnnd forrrrrrrrr gooooooooood reeeeeeason, right?) And HTC’s done it right in that you can share your slow-mo stuff just like you can any other video. Upload it to YouTube, put it on Facebook, whatever. It all works the way it’s supposed to.

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How to set up your Android Wear smartwatch


Setting up a new device can be a daunting task, but thankfully Google has made it really easy to get your Android Wear smartwatch up and running in no time. It’s just a matter of downloading the Android Wear app and turning on your watch. The Android Wear app will walk you through the process and you will be receiving notifications within minutes. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it works. Also be sure to check out our complete Android Wear walkthough that will get you acclimated with your new watch.

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How to add, buy and read a book from Google Play Books


Google Play Books can make any Android device a great eReader, but how do you use it?

Android Central University — Google Play BooksSure, Kindles and Nooks have (relatively) long been forces to reckon with in the digital book arena, but Google Play Books allows you to enjoy your favorite page turners on so many more Android devices.

But how to get started? How do you buy and add books to your library? How do you even go about reading the darn books on the device? It’s not anything too crazy, we promise. Read on to find out the answers to these and other burning questions you may have.

Getting going/buying a book

Step 1: Getting Google Play Books on your device

Before you can do anything else, you have to make sure you have Google Play Books on your device. Chances are, it’s already installed on it (it’s on mine as “Play Books”). If it’s not preinstalled, go ahead anddownload it here.

Step 2: Shop books

When you first start up Google Play Books, you’ll see something like this on your screen. Go ahead and hit “Shop books” to get the ball rolling.

Step 3: Selecting a book

Once you find a book you’d like to read (for our purposes here, we’ll go with a time-bending classic, “The Time Machine”), hold down on the title or on the three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner you’ll see for each title. When you do so, you will have the option to buy the book. In the case of “The Time Machine” (and many other books), the book is actually free. Hit “Buy.”

Step 4: Begin putting in payment info

Even if a book is free, Google will ask for a payment method to “confirm your country of residence.” Press “Continue.”

Step 5: Pick your poison

Pick which payment method you’d like to use. Your options may vary, but you should at least have the options of using a credit or debit card or PayPal. Proceed to follow the onscreen directions.

If you choose to use a credit card, it will go through Google Wallet.

Step 6: Confirm

When you enter your payment information, you’ll come to a confirmation page. Hit “Buy.”

You may see something like this after you finish your purchase. If you do not want to be able to purchase Google Play content without a password for 30 minutes after buying the book, go ahead and follow the “Change settings” link. Otherwise, go ahead and select “OK.”

Buy/add more books

Step 1: Get to the hamburger menu from the start screen

Now that you’ve had some experience with Google Play Books, your home screen will be a little different. You may actually have a book or two displaying there now!

If you see the three parallel lines (or “hamburger menu”) in the upper left-hand corner next to “Read Now,” select that or swipe to the right from the left side of the screen to get some recommendations from Google.

Step 2: Select “Shop”

The above screen is what you should see next. Go ahead and select “Shop.”

Step 3

You may see more free books offered in Google Play Books. If you’re interested, you can select the book and “Add to library.” It’ll take you to a confirmation screen that may look familiar. Select “Buy” and it’ll download, but not charge you.

If you would like to buy something that does actually cost money, select the book and select “Buy.” It’ll take you to the confirmation screen. If you select “Buy” again, you will be charged and the book will download.

If there’s a specific book you’d like to buy, you can use the magnifying glass found in the upper right-hand corner in the screens pictured above or from the main menu of Google Play Books. Type in the title of the book and go from there.

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