How to protect your privacy using Android

We keep an awful lot of personal information on our mobiles these days and, as a direct result, these devices know quite a lot about us. From our location and contacts to our favourite hangouts and hobbies, we happily exchange some of this information for “free” services from the likes of Google and others, but there are plenty of less scrupulous people and businesses out there that would also like to get their hands on this valuable asset.

These days, it makes a lot of sense to look after the data stored on your smartphone and fortunately there are plenty of handy tools available within the Android ecosystem to help keep your data private.

Use the lockscreen

Using a basic PIN, password or swipe gesture really is the bare minimum level of security that everyone should put on their smartphone. As shocking as it might sound, data from a reputable survey in early 2016 suggested that 34 percent of all Android users don’t even make use of the basic lockscreen feature that is built into every Android smartphone. Granted, this may have increased since then, but it still illustrates an important point — not everyone takes security as seriously as they should.

While the talk about malicious software, bugs, and backdoors may often make tech headlines, physical phone theft is still a real issue. If a criminal lacks a conscience enough to steal your phone, they probably won’t have too many qualms about sifting through your contacts, pictures, and emails in an attempt to grab personal data that would be used for further exploitation. There’s a good chance that you’re making use of a banking app on your phone too, and you really wouldn’t want someone to get into those types of important and personal apps.

Enabling a lockscreen PIN is incredibly simple, just head on over to Settings -> Security -> Screen Lock. Here you can pick from your preferred password lock type, which you will then need to enter each time you try to access your phone. Other manufacturers may move this menu to under general settings, if they have their own lockscreen protection alternatives, such as LG’s knock code. And of course, a lot of phones these days give you the ability to log in with other methods like your fingerprint, if passwords aren’t your think.

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How to move to SD card on Android

Many cheap Android phones come with a paltry 4- or 8GB of storage, while even 16GB isn’t really enough for lots of apps, high-resolution photos and videos, plus a music library. Fortunately, the vast majority of Android phones have a memory card slot, into which you can slot an inexpensive microSD card.

What you need to know about microSD cards

Before you buy one, check what capacity your phone will support. Flagship phones tend to accommodate 128GB or higher, but many cheap Androids accept only 32GB. To be fair, 32GB will be enough for most people. We’ve tested and rated all the best microSD cards.

Once you’ve got the microSD card, it’s easy to set things up so that it becomes the default place for new apps, photos, videos, music and more. You can switch the storage location within your camera settings or Google Play Music settings, for example. But what about the stuff already clogging up your phone’s internal storage?

How to move apps to SD card

First, let’s clear up something important: not all apps can be moved to microSD, and some phones won’t let you move apps to SD at all. This means phones with just 4- or 8GB of internal storage can still run into problems even with a microSD card if you download and use a lot of apps.

Whether or not an app can be moved to microSD is down to the app developer and, sometimes, the phone manufacturer.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is among the phones that do allow you to move apps to SD, but you should note that those apps won’t be available when you remove the SD card. We’ve written a separate guide to help if you see Android’s “insufficient storage available” message.

If an app can be moved to the microSD card, you’ll find the option to do so within the Settings, Apps menu. Not all Android phones have the same settings app, but there will be an Apps menu somewhere.

On the first tab of this screen you’ll see all apps downloaded to your phone. Swipe in from the right to see which are stored on your SD card – this screen should be blank unless you did it before and simply forgot how to do it.

To move an app, return to the Downloaded tab and tap on an app to select it. Here we’ve selected AnTuTu, which was not preinstalled on the phone (preinstalled apps often cannot be moved).

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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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12 Tips to Help You Master Gboard for Android

Typing on a mobile device has come a long way since the days of flip phones, when you had to press a key repeatedly to find the right character. Today, there are awesome keyboard apps like Gboard, which integrates Google search features and makes typing a breeze. But the whole experience still stands to improve if you take some time to learn a few useful tips.

Gboard incorporates everything we’ve come to expect from a modern keyboard, including popular features such as emoji support and voice typing. But the true strength this keyboard holds over the competition is the inclusion of handy quick-access functions, such as GIF search, Google Translate, and lots of cool gestures. So below, we’ll cover some of the lesser-known Gboard features.

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7 tips for taking better pictures with Android

For the longest time, anyone needing to take photos to be used for the purpose of marketing, documentation, archival, etc. had to carry with them a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera to get the best quality photo. That’s not always the case now. With smartphone cameras equally or, in some cases, surpassing the quality of photos taken by DSLR camera, you have everything you need in your pocket to take promo-quality photos.

That quality hardware doesn’t always equate to the best possible picture. And so, I’ve gathered together some of my best tips for taking better photos using the Android platform. Let’s see how many of these will improve your end results.

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Android co-founder’s new smartphone confirmed to run Android

The new smartphone from Andy Rubin, which will be the debut product of his new company Essential, will indeed run Android for its operating system. It looked that way from the tiny peek at the corner we got from Rubin’s tweet earlier this week, but now Google’s Eric Schmidt has confirmed it’ll be one of a few “phenomenal new choices for Android users coming very… Read More

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Pinterest for Android now works with Nougat’s app shortcuts

 

The social collaging app takes advantage of a new feature introduced in Android 7.1.

blankAs Android users, we can appreciate when an app maker attempts to take advantage of some of Android native abilities. The app action shortcuts introduced in Android 7.1, for instance, are a worthy feature to add to marquee apps. Pinterest has certainly caught on.

The latest update to the Android app adds the aforementioned app action shortcuts. You can tap and hold on an icon from the Home screen for quick access to many oft-used tasks. There’s even a shortcut for the new Lens feature, which uses your camera to find pins relevant to what you’re seeing in real life. If you start to see you’re using one particular feature more often than the others, you can drag it down and out to sequester it into its own shortcut icon.

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Android plans to improve security update speed this year

Google has spent the past year working with third-party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized for not being fast enough to protect users from known vulnerabilities. And while Google says it has made some progress in this area, about half of Android users still aren’t receiving important security patches. Read More

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