This lock screen trick can help you recover your lost phone faster

Your phone is one of the most important things you take with you every day. It contains your emails, your data, and your life. If you lose or misplace your phone you may never get it back, and if you do, it can take a lot of effort and time to find it.

But, did you know you can change your lock screen so that people know how to contact you if you’ve misplaced it?

Android and iOS devices work differently, but both devices have a way to display information on the lock screen, such as your name and email address. In this tip, we’ll walk you through the steps and explain why it’s important.

For Android

An Android device has a built-in feature that will allow you to add a lock screen message to your phone. In this message, you can write your contact info and a good number to call to notify you when found.

It is important to note that some of these steps are newer features of Android Oreo.

To add a lock screen message go to your devices Settings App, then tap Security & Location. Next to “Screen Lock” tap Settings, and finally tap Lock screen message.

From there you can add your personal contact information so that if found, that device will reach you much quicker.

Try not to put too much information on the lock screen, because anyone can view that information without putting in your device’s passcode. “If found reach me at…” should be followed by an email address or a number of someone close to you.

By Nathan Mathews

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How to fix Android 4.4.2 problems on the Galaxy S4

If you’re tearing your hair out since updating your Galaxy S4 to KitKat, read on and get some stress relief.

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Sink your teeth into these KitKat solutions for the Galaxy S4. / © AndroidPIT

Lock screen of death

Turning your phone on to see a black lock screen is disconcerting at best and looks like the device hasn’t turned on at all at worst. While you can still unlock a black lockscreen as you would normally, it’s hardly a good thing. The quickest and easiest fix to get rid of this problem is to ditch the lock screen personal message.

Go to settings > lockscreen > lock screen widgets > clock or personal message > clock.

You don’t actually need to have had personal message enabled in the first place for this problem to affect you. The solution still works though.

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TimePIN For Android Auto-Changes The Lock Screen PIN According To Current Time

Phones are more than just communication devices. To some, they are a safe haven for personal moments and memories, and one does what one can to protect them from unwanted eyes. There are solutions to secure certain features within the phone such as AppLock or to restrict connectivity throughInternet Lockthe list goes on. New to this list is TimePIN, a free device security app that employs PIN lock in a unique manner.

Like most good ideas, TimePIN stems from simplicity. It uses the native Android PIN lock feature with a twist at the backend to ensure your device’s security, all without root access. Your PIN becomes the current displayed time. So, if you unlock your device at 8:45, your PIN becomes 0845, or if you’re using the 24 hour clock format, 20:45 will become 2045. So you needn’t actually remember the PIN as it will be written right there, while anyone attempting to get in won’t know where to start.

Also, if you ever have to tell your friends the current PIN, you won’t have to change it yourself later.

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When you launch the app for the first time, it will ask you for admin rights and then for a default PIN. The latter will serve as a fail-safe in case you yourself aren’t able to unlock the device, and to protect the app itself from being access or uninstalled by someone else. Whenever you restart your device, you’ll be asked for your default PIN. Once that is done, TimePIN kicks in.

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Context is king: Cover for Android changes your lock screen as you move

Contextual features that use information such as time of day and your location are becoming increasingly important on smartphones today. Today’s smartphones know where you are, where you’re going, who you’re with, and what you like to do. After years and years of claims from smartphone companies and app makers that they’d take advantage of all that information, we’re finally beginning to see a wave of apps that actually make good on those promises. Google Now was just one of many high-profile examples, and Apple’s Today view is another. Just last week, Aviate launched with a completely customizable home screen based on your location and the time of day.

Today, a new entrant wants to bring that same kind of context to your lock screen. Cover, the product of ex-Facebook, Google, and Yahoo engineers, replaces your default Android lock screen with one that knows where you are and what time of day it is to provide you with quick shortcuts to the apps you use the most in each scenario. For instance, when you are at work, Cover might put Gmail, Calendar, and Dropbox icons right on your lock screen, while at home it might replace those with Netflix, YouTube, and Sonos apps. The system learns your behavior, and after a few days of use, it puts the most used apps at the top of its vertical list. More apps are available by swiping on the right side of the display.

Plenty of third-party lock screens, and even ones from manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung, have offered shortcuts to your most-used apps, but Cover can change those shortcuts dynamically throughout the day. Cover also features a unique “Peek” function that lets you see the contents of an app without fully unlocking your screen, and it has an app-switching function for when you’re already past your lock screen.

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How to Add a Widget to Your Android Device’s Lock Screen

Want to see all your most important updates without the hassle of unlocking your device? With Android 4.2, users can add up to six different lock screen widgets for quick and easy access to their favorite widgets. If you’re using a phone that has a pure version of the Android OS, like the Play edition phones or the Nexus 4, here’s how you can quickly add widgets to your lock screen.

1. Bring up your device’s lock screen.

2. Swipe or drag the clock widget sideways. If you drag from right to left, you will pull up the Camera app by default. Drag from left to right to bring the next widget into view.

3. Tap the Plus icon to bring up a list of widgets available.

4. Select your widget.

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Get the Ubuntu lock screen on your Android

Android devices are great for those who love personalization. For instance, if you want to change the theme of your home screen and menus, an app can easily do that for you. And if you ever get bored of the current lock screen, it can be changed to look like a different Android version or even a different mobile OS. Such is the case with the Ubuntu Lockscreen app by Rotary Heart, which allows you to copy the look of the Ubuntu for Android lock screen. Ready to try it out? Here’s how:

Step 1: Install a copy of Ubuntu Lockscreen on your Android device. According to the developer, this app will work on both smartphones and tablets.

Step 2: Press the Home button and a pop-up will appear asking you which launcher to use; choose Ubuntu Lockscreen and then press Always. If you skip this by accident, you can easily correct it in the next step.

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How to add widgets to the lock screen

WidgetsWish you could browse the latest scores, glance at your inbox, check the weather, or even identify a song directly from your Android phone’s lock screen, no passcode required? Well, you can, actually, thanks to the new lock-screen “widgets” in the latest version of Android. Adding a widget to the lock screen on your Android phone is a snap, and dozens of lock screen-friendly widgets are available depending on the apps you have installed. Keep in mind that your phone must be running on version 4.2 or better of Android to add widgets to the lock screen.

See full instructions on heresthethingblog.com

11 useful tips for Nexus 4 owners on how to make the device efficient, maximised and beautiful every day

Nexus 4 It is one of the first to receive Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features great hardware which can last for many years. Android Authority gives out 11 useful tips for Nexus 4 owners one how to make this device efficient, maximised and beautiful every day.

1.       Protect Your Investment

Google Nexus 4 is particularly fragile and even its Corning Gorilla Glass screen can be shattered. Invest on some sturdy sleeves or protector to increase the phone’s defence against unwanted bumps.

2.       Cut the Cord
Nowadays, wireless charging is becoming more common to smartphones, and it is recommended to use the new technology to remove the stress on your cables or wired charging port. Check out the store near you for wireless chargers.

3.       Expand Your Lock Screen
Jelly Bean 4.2 offers new lock screen functionality for Google Nexus 4. It allows you to add widgets such as camera or calendar and access them by swiping through the lock screen without unlocking the device.

4.       Capture Your Screen
Screen shot capture has been provided by Android OS to most devices and you only need to press Volume Down plus the Power key to take a shot of what do you want on the screen. A flash will display about the captured screen.

5.       Set Your Phone Right Quick
Accessing specific system settings can take two or more clicks on your device, and by using the Quick Settings, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will take right to them. Swipe two fingers downward from the notifications bar to view all listed toggles and shortcuts of the Quick Settings.

6.       Keep Your Screens Clean
If you are annoyed by Google Play automatically creating icons on your home screen whenever you install a new application, go to the Play Store’s Settings and uncheck the “Auto-add widgets”. In this way, you can keep your screens clean after installation and manage which important icons you want to put on the home screen.

7.       Unleash Your Inner Shutterbug
Google Nexus 4 running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean takes full benefit for users with inner “instagram” abilities. Go to the Gallery App and select an image you want, click on the “three-circle” icon below and apply filters to it. This can a very good alternative from installing a separate image editor.

8.       Create Your Own Street View Picture
Use the Photo Sphere and bear with the connect the dots to create your own “street view” like images as if in 3D mode. This feature can be very useful if you want to capture an accurate detail of a specific space.

9.       Teach Your Nexus to Pronounce Your Name
Contacts in Google Nexus 4 comes with a new call card which allows you to pronounce names using Google Voice Command. If the name is difficult to pronounce or similar to other contacts, you can add up a nickname for the Voice Command to use instead. This is very useful to direct family members with “Mother,” “Brother,” and so forth.

10.   Make Your Phone a Personal Assistant
Use the Google Now service and be provided with information you never expected you wanted. The app can provide not only weather but also sports, traffic updates and even contents about any topic you want to ask.

11.   Daydreaming
The new Daydream feature from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean may not be very popular, but it can make your device work even when you are sleeping. Daydream can make your phone do picture slideshow, acts as classic alarm clock, or something to play with using Beanflinger under dock or when plugged to its charger.

Google Nexus 4 Tips to Make it More Useful Than Ever [via au.ibtimes.com]