Boost Android game performance with these apps and tips

Whether you’re trying to play a new game like Final Fantasy 15 for your Android or any other modern app, you might notice your device slow down a little. This is often the case with older devices, but some new smartphones and tablets can suffer from this as well. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to boost your gaming performance with some simple tips and tricks. This will help you get higher scores and do better than ever with your favorite mobile games.

Booster Apps

Booster apps are perhaps the best way to improve performance because they require little effort and make a huge difference. The modern version of Android has a tool that frees up RAM and clears out hard drive space, and it’s very efficient. You can easily improve performance without apps. At the same time, you’ll notice an even bigger difference with booster apps. These programs squeeze even more power out of your device by making sure it’s a blank slate before you launch your game.

One of the most popular apps in this niche is Dr. Booster, but there are plenty of others that do a great job and they won’t cost you a penny.

Change Developer Options

App developers get a lot of tools that you normally don’t have access to, and one of them, in particular, will boost your gaming to new heights. First of all, you have to enable developer options by becoming a developer. This doesn’t mean that you have to pay any registration fees, nor does it mean that you even have to do any coding. You just have to enable these tools.

Go to your Android’s “Settings” page and then select “About Device.” Scroll down and you will see an item labeled “Build Number.” Tap it a few times and you will gain access to developer options. Enable the “Force 4x MSAA” option and your device will render all games in the highest possible quality and dedicate as much resources as possible to that app.

The only problem with this option is that it drains your battery very quickly. Turn it off whenever you’re done playing to conserve power.

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5 settings to change for better battery life on EMUI 5

The following tips should help you maximize the battery life of any Huawei device running EMUI 5.0, be it an Honor 6XMate 9, or MediaPad tablet.

Most of what we will cover below is found in the EMUI 5 Settings app under Battery, which makes sense, of course. If a setting is found outside of that section, we will point it out.

1. Auto-close apps when locked

Rogue apps running in the background will almost always be an area to check when it comes to battery drain. Huawei gives you the option to force close background apps each and every time you lock your EMUI 5 device.

Select the option titled Close apps after screen lock in the Battery settings to view a list of all installed apps on your device, as well as adjust whether you want the app to be closed automatically.

2. Power Intensive Apps

EMUI 5.0 provides a list of apps that are using, well, a lot of power. When you open this section of Battery settings, a list of apps that are currently running in the background will fill in. Sometimes there will be only one, other times the list will go on and on.

You can kill any of the apps listed by checking the box to the right, then tap Close at the bottom of the screen.

Tap on the app name itself to adjust whether or not you want to be alerted when it’s using too much power, as well as indicate if you want it to force close at screen lock.

BY JASON CIPRIANI

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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.

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8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse

Android now accounts for the vast majority of commercial smartphone shipments, according to market intelligence firm IDC, with more than two-thirds of all global enterprise-oriented purchases in the first quarter of 2017. Out of the box, though, a typical Android phone is anything but optimized for productivity.

Power up most popular phones, and you’ll find ineffective home screens, mediocre keyboards and all sorts of untapped potential. But all it takes is a little tweaking to go from unrefined gizmo to finely tuned work companion.

Follow these eight steps, and your Android phone will be primed for productivity and ready for business.

1. Optimize your home screen

One of the simplest and most impactful ways to improve your phone’s effectiveness is to focus on its foundation: the home screen. Your home screen is the first thing you see when you unlock your device, and it’s the launching point for practically everything you do. Yet for most people, it’s a cluttered and inefficient mess — and that, suffice it to say, is counterproductive.

It helps to think of your home screen as a toolbox. If you were preparing to perform a home repair job, you’d want to be able to find the tools you use the most with a minimal amount of thought and effort. Were your toolbox a disorganized mess, you’d waste valuable time digging around every time you opened it.

Your home screen is no different. And unlike iOS, Android doesn’t limit you to a static grid of square icons. You can lay things out in any way that works best for you, employing a mix of app shortcuts, widgets and — critically — blank space.

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Best Facebook For Android Tips And Tricks You Need To Try

Let’s face it, everyone is on Facebook these days. If you’ve got Facebook running on an Android device, you need to know that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Thus, here are the five best tips for Facebook on Android that you need to try right now.

  1. Manage notifications

Facebook notifications are a vital part of the app’s purpose, but we know that they can also get quite out of hand at times. So, in order to expertly manage your Facebook notifications on your Android device, open the app and go to App settings > Notification settings. You will be surprised how easy it is to switch on and off various types of notifications.

  1. Share from other apps

Facebook is all about sharing, and on it you can share almost anything you want: photos, videos, music, articles, books and many, many more things that you like, hate or are simply fascinated by. On Facebook you get to show the world what it means to be you, and the Android function of sharing things on Facebook straight from other apps is a good nudge in that direction.

  1. Save posts for later use

If you come across something you or a friend might be interested in, but just don’t have the time to look it over at that very moment, you can save it for later.

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10 incredible things you didn’t know your Android could do

So you feel like you are an expert and you know all you need to know about your Android phone. You can adeptly make calls, send text messages, check emails, change settings, download apps and everything in between.

Sure, having the right know-how to get things done on your smartphone can make you feel like a bonafide master. But of course, there are still hidden Android tricks here and there that might surprise you.

Here are 10 things that, chances are, you never knew your Android phone could do:

1. Use your voice to perform tasks

If you want to use Google’s voice assistant ala Cortana, Siri or Alexa, simply say “OK Google” or click on the microphone icon on the Google search bar.

You can then use your voice to do a variety of tasks like send emails, texts, make phone calls, reminders and, of course, do Google searches. You can even have your Android phone listen in to a song to identify it.

2. Priority Calling

On occasions when you don’t want to be disturbed, you can filter text and call notifications to only show contacts you deem important.

To set your “Do Not Disturb” priority settings, go to Settings >> Sound >> Do Not Disturb. Here you can choose your notifications for calls and messages. 

Note: To set your “starred contacts,” open Contacts, search for the contact you want to favor then tap the star in the upper left.

You can also turn on “Repeat callers” in this section. If this feature is turned on, you will always get a notification if a caller tries to call you within a 15-minute period regardless of your priority settings.

If these options are not enough, you can also set up your own notification custom rules under “Automatic rules.”

By Francis Navarro

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6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

Your phone is now essentially your personal assistant — and like any aide, it needs the right set of tools to do its job effectively.

The good news? As an Android user, you’ve got no shortage of efficiency-enhancing options. Unlike other mobile platforms, Android affords you the opportunity to customize and control the core user interface to make it better suited to your needs. And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don’t have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.

Behold: six innovative apps that’ll empower your favorite high-tech assistant and help it reach its full productivity potential.

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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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