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How to Add a Number Row to Android Keyboard

If you have an Android smartphone running stock Android, chances are you don’t have a number row at the top of the keyboard. This can be quite annoying as you often type in numbers when composing messages or entering passwords. You can now add a number row to Android keyboard thanks to the latest Google app update. In the update Google has also renamed its keyboard GBoard. If you still haven’t enabled the number row on your Android keyboard, here’s how to do it. How to Add a Number Row to Android Keyboard Make sure you have the latest version of the keyboard on your smartphone. If not, just head over to the Play Store and update the keyboard. Once you have the latest version installed, do the following. 1. Open the Messages app to start compose a message. You can also open any other app that lets you type…

How to Back Up Calls and Text Messages to Dropbox

Making a back up of your SMS and text messages may not sound like a big deal, but the fact is there are times when a crucial piece of information is contained in an old message and you beat yourself that you did not store it somewhere safe or take a copy of it. If you want to stay safe than sorry, then one of the best ways to do is move them to the cloud, one you most likely use all the time, like Dropbox. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to back up calls and text messages to Dropbox from Android using a free app called SMS Backup & Restore. How to Back Up Calls and Text Messages to Dropbox SMS Backup & Restore is a pretty handy app that lets you back up your text messages to Dropbox, but it doesn’t stop there. It even offers…

How to Remove Old Android Devices from Google Play Install List

If you’re a big fan of Android, chances are you’ve bought more than one Android phone in your lifetime. That’s great, but when you head over to install an app on Google Play, you’ll find all your old devices showing up for app installation. You can hide the old unused devices from showing up on Google play or remove them altogether. Whatever action you want to take, you’ll notice that its not immediately obvious. So here’s how to remove old Android devices in Google Play Install list. How to Remove Old Android Devices from Google Play 1. Go to the Google Play website from your web browser. This is best done on a computer rather than your phone. 2. At the top right of the Google Play window, click the Gear icon and select Settings. 3. The Settings screen displays all your devices, along with a bunch of information such…

How to Disable Ambient Display on Android to Stop Seeing Notifications on your Screen

This tutorial shows you how to disable ambient display on Android so you can stop seeing notifications on your display screen. If your Android device is running Lollipop, you may be aware of the Ambient Display feature that allows you to see notification information on the screen without actually having to turn the display on. While this may be a neat feature, it can become irritating if you get way too many notifications. For instance if you get a ton of email every hour, you’ll be inundated with notification messages, which can be rather distracting when you’re working. Luckily, displaying this feature is easy. Here are the quick steps to do it. How to Disable Ambient Display on Android 1. Go to Settings and tap on it. You can get to the page easily by pulling down the notification shade once and clicking the Gear icon. On some phones you…

How to Scan Documents Using Your Android Camera

You can now scan documents to PDF on your smartphone without the need for any PDF tools. In this tutorial, we show you how to scan documents using your Android camera so you can quickly print out receipts and other documents to PDF without spending a lot of time fidgeting with your scanning machine. You’ll need just a couple of tools to scan your documents to PDF. One is your Android smartphone of course, and the other one is the Google Drive app. I’m using Google Drive because at the moment it is more versatile than other PDF scanning apps on the Play Store. If you’re using another app, you can give it a go if it has the scan with camera option available, though the procedure for doing this may be slightly different from this app. So here’s how to scan documents using your Android camera and Google Drive.…

How to Receive Android Notifications on Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 is a year old and if you have received the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you get to enjoy newer and better ways of using Windows. One such feature is the ability to receive Android notifications on Windows 10 PC or laptop. If you are keen to set this up, here is your step-by-step- guide. How to Receive Android Notifications on Windows 10 PC 1. In order to receive Android notifications on your PC or laptop, you need to have Cortana installed on your Android phone. If you don’t already have it, click here to install it on your device. (Google Play Store Link) Note: Cortana for Android (Beta) is currently available only in the U.S. 2. Sign in to Cortana using your Microsoft account credentials. The same ones you used to sign in to your Windows laptop. 3. Go to Cortana Settings and sync the notifications. 4. Tap…

How to Free Up Space On Your Samsung Smartphone

The cool thing about a smartphone is that you can do a ton of things with it on the go. The lousy part is that you can quickly run out of storage space when you attempt to do more. If your device’s internal storage gets full, it will a become frustrating to use because the apps won’t install, pages won’t load and downloads will be next to impossible. If you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S7 Edge, you’re in luck. Samsung offers a handy tool called Smart Manager that lets you free up space in a convenient way. If you haven’t explored the feature yet, here’s how to free up space on Samsung smartphones using Smart Manager. How to Free Up Space On Samsung Smartphones 1. The first thing you’ll need to do is head…

How to Use the Do Not Disturb Feature on Android

Do Not Disturb is a handy feature on your Android that lets you keep unwanted calls, alerts and notifications out of the way when you are in an important meeting or wish to remain undisturbed when you are catching up on some sleep. One way to limit these interruptions is to turn off your phone but obviously that’s not a good option as there may be times when you want certain notifications or alerts to come through at times. If you are struggling to manage your alerts, calls, and notifications here’s how you can make use of the Do Not Disturb feature on Android to suit  your lifestyle. What You Can Do with the Do Not Disturb Feature Silence all interruptions except the alarm Only receive calls and messages from favorite or starred contacts Automatically limit interruptions at night or during specific events How to Set Up and Schedule Do…

How to Disable the Lock Screen On Android

Whether you have just bought yourself a fancy Android device, or using one which is secured, chances are you have a lock screen that you need to get out of the way, either by swiping, entering a pattern, PIN, password or fingerprint scan, before you can access your Home screen and apps. This is an absolute must if you want to keep your data away from prying eyes. The downside of this feature is that every time you want to access your apps, you have to perform an action, which is terribly annoying because you open your phone an infinite number of times a day. If you aren’t too worried about your privacy and want to save yourself the hassle of swiping or tapping your screen every time you want to use it, you can completely disable the lock screen. All it takes is a small tweak to your settings. Let’s see how to disable the…

The Complete Guide to Android Marshmallow

With every new operating system update, new features are added and existing features are tweaked to offer a better user experience. While that’s good news for users it also comes with the added burden of learning and relearning how we use our devices. If you are someone who has just upgraded your Android from Lollipop to Marshmallow, or if you’ve picked up a new phone with Android 6.0 version installed, you’ll need a bit of help getting started. Here is our complete guide to Android Marshmallow that will help you get the most out of your device. The Complete Guide to Android Marshmallow Longer Lasting Battery Android smartphones somehow cannot seem to shrug off the persistent problem of battery drain. There are plenty of apps available on the Play Store that can optimize battery life and lots of tricks you can try to maintain your battery life but the fact…

How To Remove Duplicate Contacts on Android

One of the biggest annoyances with your smartphone contacts is that you always end up having one or more duplicate contacts, with different phone numbers. This is because when you set up your Android phone, you import your contacts from a previous phone backup, from another email account or from a social media account, with the result that the same contact is synced multiple times, creating duplicate entries. If you’re facing this issue time and again, this guide will show you how to remove duplicate contacts on Android. How to Remove Duplicate Contacts on Android Most Android smartphones that don’t run stock Android offer their own custom de-duplicator solution to remove duplicates. For instance, if you’re using a Samsung smartphone, the Contacts app has a setting called Manage similar contacts that lets you find and merge duplicate contacts with ease. If you have a HTC device, the People app has…

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