Honor View 10: Tips and tricks you need to know about

Those of you who are already familiar with Huawei know that it offers many customization options. You can activate gestures, change the background, enable the app drawer, customize navigation links, the font size, the display color, and so on and so forth.

If you’re looking for these kinds of ‘basic’ tricks, I’ll refer you to the article on the Huawei P10 tricks because most of them are also applicable to the View 10. And below I’ll go through some tips not included in the previous article that will you allow you to optimize your device.

Face recognition for notifications and unlocking the device

Honor already released a software update to make this feature more complete and to allow users to unlock the device through face recognition. Whether you’ve received the update or not, I recommend that you activate it, at least to have access to the contents of the notifications from the lock screen.

Go to Settings > Safety and Privacy > Face Recognition.

AndroidPIT honor view 10 9985 The software update completes the face recognition feature. / © AndroidPIT

Histen Audio Effects for the most demanding ears

Just like in the Honor 9, you can experience 3D sound on the View 10. To do this, however, you’ll have to connect wired earphones to your device, since it doesn’t support the use of Bluetooth headphones. The Histen Huawei Audio Effects can’t be accessed under Settings > Audio until you plug in headphones.

Private space: Since everyone has something to hide

With this feature you can create a kind of private island, which is only accessible with a password and a different fingerprint from the one normally used. This is a useful feature for those of us who often share smartphones with friends or colleagues and for people who generally want to make sure that data, photos and apps stay away from prying eyes.

You can learn how it work in this article and activate it by accessing Settings > Security and Privacy > Private Space.

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Lock a few apps

If Private Space is too drastic of a solution for you, you can rely on App Lock in Settings > Security and Privacy. You can set a password or fingerprint to open some applications on your Honor View 10. You’ll find a list of apps that allow you to manually lock them by moving the cursor to the right.

Scroll through your photos while charging

Here’s a gem that you may not know about. It’s called Screensaver, and when it’s enabled, the device will automatically scroll through your photos while your smartphone is charging. You just have to allow access to photos and multimedia content and select the source folder as well as the duration of your slideshow. Here’s one small extra tip: place your View 10 on a stand to better enjoy your photos.  

AndroidPIT honor view 10 0006 While your smartphone is charging, it may be a useful time to look at the pictures from your last trip. / © AndroidPIT

Avoid distractions in the Game Suite

Those gamers out there will appreciate this feature allowing you to focus on the game in front of you, as well as saving battery power. Simply open the pre-installed app on your Honor View 10 and then decide how to customize your gaming experience to your liking. You can:

  • Lock navigation keys
  • Choose between Game Mode (optimized performance at the expense of power consumption), Smart Mode (balance of performance and battery consumption) or Power Saving Mode (reduces power consumption as well as gaming performance).
  • Activate uninterrupted games to hide notifications on the screen, except for those related to alarms, calls and low battery alerts.

Turn the View 10 into a remote control

The View 10 integrates an infrared sensor, which when using the pre-installed app on your device will allow you to use your smartphone as if it were a remote control. Look for the app called Remote Control, click on Add Remote Control, select the device you want to connect to and follow the instructions below to pair the devices. There is also a menu with a few customization options.

AndroidPIT honor view 10 0025 The infrared sensor transforms the View 10 into a remote control. / © AndroidPIT

Use your voice to call, find the device and more

Activating voice commands can be useful for all situations where your hands are busy. Go to Settings > Intelligent Support > Voice Command and select your preferred option. To be able to make calls from the unlock screen or search for your device, you will first need to click on Voice Reactivation and say ‘Dear Honor’ three times in a quiet setting. The process is the same as required by Google Assistant, only the magic words have changed and you can decide to customize them.

I personally find this feature useful to make a quick call. Just hold down the lower volume button for a few seconds from the lock screen and say the name of your contact after the beep to start your call. Try to get as close as possible to the microphone or the voice recognition may not work properly.

And more interestingly, you can also search for your device just by saying ‘Dear Honor, where are you?’.

Full screen display for apps and games

The View 10 uses a 18:9 screen, but not all applications use it by default. You can change this setting to utilize the full screen display by doing the following:

  • Launch an app, click on Full Screen Display at the bottom of the screen and then click OK to confirm.
  • Go to Settings > Display > Full screen display and then manually select the applications where you want to activate this feature. Please note, however, that if you do not optimize for this type of display, black borders will appear around the frame of the app.

AndroidPIT honor view 10 9974 You can use the full screen display for all apps. / © AndroidPIT

Cancel a sent SMS (in case you need to reconsider)

For those of you who still prefer sending a text message instead of using WhatsApp or Telegram, it may be useful to activate the Cancel Send function in the Messaging settings. Once activated, you are able to cancel sending a message by clicking on the message within six seconds of sending it.

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The Honor View 10 can be customized in many ways. This article will be followed up with an article especially for the camera, so you’ll know how to tweak the double camera integrated in your smartphone. What other tricks and features are you interested in learning more about? Let us know in the comments!

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Android Nougat tips and tricks

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Faster operation

View active services and save RAM and battery

In most cases, background services consume unnecessary resources. So go into the developer settings and from there, you can stop these services from running. To restart the background services, restart your app or smartphone.

android nougat running services Kill unnecessary background services. / © AndroidPIT

Access settings more quickly

Nougat further improved the settings menu. The main menu is hidden in the left margin and you can access it whenever you need it. You can navigate horizontally quickly on the top level – like a boss!

android nougat all settings The main menu is hidden on the left. / © AndroidPIT

Tell Google you know English and German, or any other second language

If you’ve mastered a second language fluently, you can finally make use of it. Under “Talk”, you can add the second language. Google search results are displayed in two languages. If you open websites in that language, Chrome will not offer to translate it for you. The button to remove languages is somewhat hidden but can be found on the top right of the screen.

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Tackle battery power optimization

Apps are disconnected from the Internet when in standby mode and may only use the processor for large intervals. This increases battery life but it can have some side effects. Some third-party apps, such as Messenger or Navigation apps will no longer be able to send you notifications; you might end up missing out on your instant messages or fly past a turn at an intersection. You can turn off battery optimization in the battery settings.

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Press and hold the battery symbol and the menu button for battery optimization will appear in the top right of the screen. This displays all apps so you can choose the app that isn’t working properly. Select “Do not optimize” and then try the app again. Better?

Arrange Quick-Start tiles for better productivity

Finally, you have the ability to arrange the Quick-Start symbols themselves. Samsung users will wonder what’s new. Well, for once Samsung had an option before Google. For users of smartphones made by most other manufacturers, this option is new.

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How to do this is self-explanatory. Less obvious however is that the icons you see in the quick settings are sorted into the first five positions of the full view. The second tip is to pull the quick settings down from the top using two fingers; but this has already been the case for years.

Display alerts without sound

The Android notification system was introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop in the fall of 2014. Since then, it has been improved and allows some new refinements. You can now mute notifications from different apps.

android nougat notification settings You can mute promotional apps. / © AndroidPIT

The setting is ingeniously simple. Press and hold a notification and choose the option for notifications without sound. In the settings, you can filter apps by their respective configuration under ‘Notifications’ and change these as to your heart’s content.

Use the split-screen feature correctly

Perhaps you watch a lot of YouTube but you also want to do something else at the same time and unfortunately, YouTube stops playing if it is pushed to the background. This problem has now been resolved thanks to the split-screen feature. Open YouTube, start a video then in the bottom right of the screen, hold the ‘Recent’ button and select another app. Not the right app? Press the Home button and then select the app in the usual way. It then appears on the lower half of the screen. Is the area too small? Move the bar a little higher. Had enough of multi-window mode? Pull the bar so that the app you want to keep open is full size.

Use the same app in two windows

You can even use the multi-window feature mentioned above to have the same app run in two windows. It’s easy with Chrome, but harder with other apps.

With Chrome, you can do this with tabs. Open Chrome as you normally would, then long press the recent apps button on your phone to open the multi-window menu. At this point, go to the Chrome-occupied half of your screen and tap the three dots button on the top right for more options, and select Move to another window. Then you’ll be able to open a new Chrome tab on the other half of the screen.

chrome tips tricks multi window tabs You can run two Chrome tabs side-by-side. / © ANDROIDPIT

With other apps, it’s a bit more complicated. If you want to run the same app in both windows, you should get an experimental app called Parallel Windows for Nougat. It’s somewhat buggy, but it gets the job done. Setup requires a few steps. Give it permission to draw over other apps when it requests this during setup, and enable accessibility service as well. Then configure the “Hotspot Dimensions” – this is where you swipe to access the Parallel Windows menu. The default setting works fine here.

To use Parallel Windows after it has been configured, slide your finger from the middle of the right edge of your screen toward the center of the screen, and then you’ll see the menu pop up with three options: app drawer, multi-window mode, and mirror app. Use the third option, mirror app, to run one app in two windows. Simply start the app you want to run two instances of in multi-window mode, mirror the app by tapping the mirror app icon and select the app by tapping it.

Parallel Windows for Nougat Install on Google Play

Enable floating windows

One of the best parts of Android Nougat is the multi-window mode, but what if you could open several windows and move them around on your tablet just like on a desktop PC? Well, it’s possible, but this functionality is still being tested, so we need to enable developer options and install a Play Store app called Taskbar. Once that is done, configure Taskbar and enable Freeform window support in the app’s Advanced settings. Next, close all your apps. Now, when you open more than two applications from Taskbar, floating windows can be enabled. To see how to make this work, watch the video below:

Taskbar Install on Google Play

Safer usage

Do you want to let someone play Pokémon GO for you but you don’t want them on your home screen? Then start the app, press the ‘Recent’ button on the bottom right, drag the tile up and then tap the pin icon on the bottom right. No pins available? Then you must first enable the pinning function in your security settings. How the feature works is explained on the screen. In practice: the smartphone can go into standby mode so the screen does not have to be permanently set this way. If you wake the device up again, it will start up in the pinned app.

android nougat screen pinning A pinned app hides other apps you have open. / © AndroidPIT

Activate file encryption for faster startup and better security

In the developer settings, you’ll find your file encryption. While it doesn’t sound like much, it has a number of positive implications. One of the most useful ones is that only your user data is encrypted. You do not need to enter your unlock pattern or PIN during the boot process. So if your smartphone should unintentionally restart, at least your alarm clock will still function and you won’t oversleep. Unfortunately, a full wipe is required in order to switch from full disk encryption to file encryption.

android nougat file encryption Wipe everything and start up again more quickly. / © AndroidPIT

Use less data

If you’ve not had a good dig around Android Nougat yet, you might have missed the new Data Saver feature that’s tucked away in the menu that cuts down on your usage while you’re away from a Wi-Fi connection. 

data saver nougat The Data Saver option is particularly handy for frequent travelers. / © AndroidPIT

Head to Settings > Connections > Data Usage and activate the Data Saver option. Once you’ve done that, you can white list apps that you want to be able to use background data and all others will be disabled from background syncing. It doesn’t prevent apps that need access to data services from using those entirely, but rather just disables much of the background activity.

Some fun extras

Activate the Easter egg

You can no longer play Flopsy Droid like you did in Lollipop and Marshmallow. But you can attract and collect kittens. No one knows what this is all about. But we’ll get into that and all the other Easter eggs from Android in a separate article.

android nougat easter egg The cat is the most boring Easter Egg taht we’ve seen in a long time. / © AndroidPIT

Do you have other tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment and write about what has helped you.

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Android Oreo tips and tricks

Each new Android version introduces several innovations, some of which are far from obvious. In this article we show you some tricks and tips for those who own a smartphone already updated to Android 8.0 or 8.1 Oreo.

Delay notifications

You may not know, but with Oreo you have the opportunity to postpone notifications. What does that mean? It means that you can momentarily delete a notification that at the moment annoys you and then make it reappear at a later time so as not to forget it. A more useful function than you think!

To postpone a warning, simply swipe the notification to the side but not completely. About half way should do it. A small clock will appear which, if tapped, will make you specify when to review the message.

delay notification oreo Some things can wait, but we don’t want to forget them. / © AndroidPIT

Disable Notification Dots

Notification dots are a novelty of Android Oreo, but what are they? They are nothing more than those colored dots that you can see on the icons of your apps when you receive notifications.

The dots are there to remind you that you have an incoming notification from that particular application, which you can access from the smartphone’s notification area or hold down the icon.

For some users these stickers may be annoying, but here’s how to disable them:

  • Press and hold a blank point on your Home screen.
  • Click Home Settings.
  • Select the item Notification indicators.
  • Deactivate the switch under Allow notification dots.

And voilà, a simple and effective solution to get rid of those ugly badges above the icons of your apps.

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Permanent notifications of app behavior

“App X shown above other apps” and “App Y is consuming battery in the background”

This is one of the most useful but at the same time most hated functions of Android Oreo. When an application shows overlay content, we will find a permanent, non-deletable notification (e. g. Messenger displayed over other apps). And it is not the only annoying notification.

To help you conserve valuable battery power, Google has decided to introduce a warning about applications that consume too much power in the background (e. g. Spotify is consuming battery in the background).

The problem is that many times these apps are supposed to work in this way, such as Messenger and the Chat Heads and Spotify, which allows us to listen to music while we multi-task on the phone. If you want to get rid of these notifications forever, the way is as follows:

  • Open the Settings.
  • Select Apps and Notifications.
  • Click on Show all apps.
  • In the menu at the top right (the three dots) select Show system.
  • Now in the list, search for the item Android System and select it.
  • Enter the heading App notifications.
  • Here you’ll see a lot of options that can be turned on and off but don’t be scared.
  • For applications such as Facebook Messenger, you’ll see dedicated switches to hide notification for each app.
  • For applications that consume battery in the background there is no such distinction and we can only hide all warnings or show them all.

To stop a battery-consuming app directly, just scroll through the list and find the App item that consumes the battery and disable it.

Free up space with just a few taps

Android Oreo has an interesting function that allows you to free up the internal memory in just a few simple steps. This function is available on all smartphones with Android stock (Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C) and also on Sony devices. On Huawei and Samsung smartphones equipped with Oreo, manufacturers have decided to rely on their own memory cleaning systems, so the steps may differ from those I have listed.

  • First, the system allows you to check how many apps or contents occupy your memory by categories.
  • By going to Settings and selecting Storage space, you can access the list. By selecting each category you will be presented the applications related to the category and the various files with their size.
  • You will then be able to decide whether it is worthwhile to get rid of some apps that you don’t use a lot and that weigh down the available memory.

storage oreo You can use this function to get rid of GB of useless data. / © AndroidPIT

  • At the top of the list you will also find a button called Free Space.
  • Tapping the button will show us a list of items we can delete to free space from memory.
  • In my example in the list I find some files in the Downloads folder, a list of less used applications and the item Backup photos and videos.
  • The latter just controls the multimedia content saved on Google Photos and suggests you delete it from your smartphone as you can access it by opening the app and accessing the cloud.

Do you know other any tricks with Android Oreo? Feel free to suggest them in your comments!

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7 Google Play tips and tricks every Android user should know

The Google Play Store is a big benefit of owning an Android device. It gives you a wide variety of apps to choose from. To get the most out of your shopping experience, we’ve gathered some Google Play Store tips and tricks to help you test drive apps, save money and more. Check them out below!

1. Install an app that isn’t available in your country

If you’re really keen to get an app that’s not available in your country then you can still get your hands on it by using a VPN. ‘VPN’ means ‘virtual private network’. It gives you a secure internet connection via private networks in locations outside of your current one.

Basically, a VPN service can make it look like you’re accessing the internet from a different location. It’s important that you choose a credible VPN. We regularly feature VPN deals in our AndroidPIT Store if you’re looking for a good one at a low price.

Once you’ve downloaded a VPN, select the country whose Play Store you want to access in the VPN app, get the VPN up and running, then open the Play Store app. It should land on the Play Store homepage of the country you selected. Now you can get the app you desire.

ANDROIDPIT vpn 3 Invest in a VPN and access apps outside of your location. / © AndroidPIT

2. Manage your apps in the Play Store

The Google Play store has an area called My apps & games. From here you can look at which apps you’ve downloaded, which were pre-loaded and the apps that you need to update. This is an excellent place to manage your apps within the Play Store and getting to it is easy.

  • Open up the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  • Open the menu (the three horizontal lines at the top left of your screen).
  • Under the Apps & Games section you’ll see the My apps and & games link, tap this.
  • Now you should see a list of your installed apps.

From here you can hit the button Update All in the top right hand corner of your screen. You can monitor what you’ve downloaded and manage these apps. If you go into the All section you can see which apps were on your device and what could be removed.

AndroidPIT google play tips tricks 8186 Manage your apps from the menu. / © AndroidPIT

3. Put a parental lock on Google Play

If you don’t want your child or dependent downloading inappropriate apps on the Play Store you can set up parental controls to prevent your Android device from being misused. This could include games with copious amounts of violence or gore. Apps that could put them in danger like dating apps or chats that give out their location. 

It’s easy to put a parental lock on the Google Play Store.

  • First, open the Play Store and tap the menu icon.
  • Go into the Settings
  • Tap Parental controls and hit the slider so it says ‘On‘. From there you will be asked to create a parental lock PIN code.
  • Create one and then go through the list of things you can download on the Play Store and tap the ones you want to set restrictions for.

Once the restrictions are set, your child or dependent will need to enter your PIN code each time they try to download something that triggers the restriction. As they get older and are able to handle more content you can go back in and change their privileges.

AndroidPIT google play tips tricks 8182 You can set parental locks and restrictions in the Google Play Store app. / © AndroidPIT

4. Get refunds on the Google Play Store

You can get refunds for Play Store purchases with a single tap; so long as you do it within two hours of buying the app. This should be plenty of time to find out if that new weather app actually works, or whether that game is as fun as the garish pictures made it out to be.

  • Once you’ve purchased an app, on its Play Store page you’ll see options to Install or Open. In addition, a Refund option should appear to the left of it.
  • Tap the refund button within two hours of your purchase to get your money back, no questions asked.

If you notice that a child or dependent made this purchase without permission you can always change their privileges.

  • Just head into the Play Store, tap the menu icon and hit Settings.
  • Toggle Require authentication for purchases 
  • Then choose For all purchases through Google Play on this device.

AndroidPIT google play tips tricks 8174 Google has made it easy for you to get refunds on purchases you made in the last two hours. / © AndroidPIT

5. Check out the ‘Indie Corner’

Both big and small developers are important for a vibrant Android app ecosystem. The big developers are not struggling, it’s the small developers who have difficulties.

Part of the problem is that it can be tricky to find independent apps. But now there is the Indie Corner in the Google Play Store.

Indie Corner can’t be found from within the Play Store itself.

  • Instead, open a web-browser on your Android device and search for ‘Indie Corner‘.
  • The first result should be ‘Discover Indie Corner‘ from Google Play.
  • Head in and you should see the list which is refreshed with new apps every month or so.

AndroidPIT google play tips tricks 8188 Check out the Indie Corner for some apps from small developers. / © AndroidPIT

Stop automatic updates

The Google Play Store has a tendency to download updates available for your applications at the wrong time: you can quickly say goodbye to your 3G/4G data package if you’re not careful.

  • From the Google Play Store, go to your Settings, click Update Apps.
  • Choose Do not automatically update applications
  • It will then be up to you to choose when or where you want to update your applications!

Disable automatic addition of a shortcut to the Home screen

When you install a new application, Google Play has the bad habit of systematically adding a shortcut to your home screen. If this is sometimes practical, it can quickly become annoying, especially if you download a lot of apps that you don’t use all the time.

home Home screen looking crowded? / © AndroidPIT

There is a simple method to disable this automatic addition:

  • From the Play Store, go to Settings
  • Uncheck the Add icon to Home screen check box.

What are some of your favorite Play Store tips and tricks? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

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Top tips and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy J3, J5 and J7 (2017)

All smartphones have a range of hidden features, or at least features that would be hard to find for an untrained eye. While the knowledgeable, the ever curious and the DIY enthusiasts like to delve into the device’s innards to find them, others don’t have the patience and prefer to search for a list online. Here’s ours: our tips for the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) and its brothers, the J5 (2017) and J3 (2017).

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

Deactivate the Always On Display mode

This trick is a real classic for Samsung devices. By default, the manufacturer activates the Always On Display mode, a feature which always displays the date, time, battery percentage and notification icons. This display mode can be annoying but, we promise, it can be configured. To do this, just go to Settings and select Always On Display in the menu at the top of the screen. You can then change the appearance (for example, change the clock to analog) or deactivate the feature completely.

androidpit always on display j7 Not interested in this feature? Deactivate it! © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017), J5 (2017) & J7 (2017)

Use the screen with just one hand thanks to the Home button

The Galaxy J7 is far from a compact smartphone. It measures 5.5-inches diagonally, so using it with just one hand is quite difficult, perhaps even impossible. Fortunately, Samsung kept this in mind and offers a way to use the smartphone with one hand. What’s even better is that you can configure the Home button to adapt to the screen size.

Go to Settings and search for Advanced Features. Select “One-handed use mode”. Select “Touch”. However, by tapping the Home button three times successively, you’ll be able to place it on either side of the screen.

Activate the easy mode

This feature has existed on Samsung smartphones for a while now but, while it’s practical for some, it is quite overlooked. Most users want to use their phone in this mode, but some who are reluctant to use technology (you could call them technophobes) simply want a screen displaying the basic functions without the screen getting cluttered up with files and the (too) many annoying shortcuts.

To activate the easy mode, go to Display Settings. Then, you just have to activate Easy mode and that’s all there is to it!

androidpit one handed mode j7 Easy mode to the right, one-handed mode to the left. © ANDROIDPIT

Test out the hardware

It’s easy to tell if your device is working well or not, but often, after a fall or being drenched in a cup of tea, you might have to run some tests. Just enter the code *#0*# into the phone to access several types of tests, ranging from the color display to touch recognition.

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Take photos without touching the screen

It has happened to us all. When you have to take a photo quickly and by the time you unlock your smartphone, open the camera app and press the camera button to take the photo, the object that you wanted to capture has disappeared. Luckily, the manufacturers have taken this into consideration and have provided more simple ways of opening the camera and taking a photo. On the J7, and on all Samsung smartphones, you just have to double tap on the Home button to open the camera and use either of the volume buttons as a shutter button to take the photo. Simple, right?

Activate the multi-window mode

This mode is well known among Android fans, but rookies don’t really know much about it. It’s a shame because it can be very handy. You can display two applications at the same time (one on the left-hand side of the screen and one on the right-hand side, when the smartphone is held horizontally, of course). Just go to Settings, Advanced Features, Multi-screen and activate the Activate split screen display option. Then, go to an app and press the multi-tasking button (to the left of the Home button). Your screen will then be divided into two sections. You’ll be able to load the other application that you want to open in the blank section.

androidpit multiwindow j7 You can send an email while watching a YouTube video. © ANDROIDPIT

Do you know any other interesting features on these devices? Which trick is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Our best tips and tricks for the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Both smartphones are equipped with stock Android 8.0 Oreo, and have set aside bloatware and elaborate features, as is Google’s tradition. With the Pixel and Pixel 2, the Mountain View company has evolved and hidden a little surprise inside its smartphones.

Jump to tips:

Song information always at your fingertips

The Google Pixel 2 has an interesting feature that can replace Shazam and other music recognition apps. Thanks to exclusive Google technology, your new Pixel can now recognize up to 10,000 songs, displaying the artist’s name and song title directly on the Always On screen.

Capture There’s something almost magical about music recognition. / © AndroidPIT

The recognition technology operates from an offline folder stored on the smartphone, so you don’t need an internet connection to recognize a song. This folder is automatically updated when the user connects to Wi-Fi, and varies according to the country. The most useful feature allows you to touch the name of the song displayed on the Always On screen and immediately open Google Assistant, which provides information about the song and allows you to play it on Google Play Music.

Here’s how to enable (or disable) the function:

  • Open the Settings
  • Enter the Sound section
  • Tap on Advanced to display hidden menus
  • Tap on Now Playing at the bottom of the list
  • You can enable (or disable) the feature here

This function has no impact on the battery, and it only listens to the ambient noise every 60 seconds (not permanently). I was quite impressed by this musical recognition, particularly in environments where background noise was very present.

Squeeze the side of your smartphone to launch your favorite app

As with the HTC U11, the new smartphones from Google are equipped with squeezable sides. But unlike the HTC smartphone, the Google Pixel limits this function to the activation of Google Assistant, just as Samsung did for Bixby. Although it’s not as bad as Bixby, this feature is rather useless for the time being.

If you want to use this feature to launch another app, it’s possible! That’s what the developer flar2 thought, and he added the compatibility to his Button Mapper app with Active Edge on XDA Developers.

However, the feature that enables the launch of Google Assistant is deeply linked to the phone system, making it difficult to make any changes. The developer therefore uses a trick to know when the voice assistant is active, in order to stop it from being executed, and replaces it with the app or the feature of your choice. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it’s better than nothing if you’re without root. Obviously, this feature will disable Google Assistant. Take your time to think about it before you decide to follow the developer’s dedicated tutorial on the site.

Prevent photos from automatically disappearing from your smartphone

Google smartphones are designed to deliver high quality photos, with their incredible specs and unlimited storage space for photos and videos on Google Photos.

Pixels also have a feature called Smart Storage, which deletes photos from your smartphone’s internal memory after 90 days if they are stored on Google’s cloud. It’s not to every user’s taste, as some would like to keep their photos to view them offline. Here is a guide on how to disable this feature:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select the Storage menu
  • Disable the Smart Storage function

smartstorage It’s highly important to have the choice of enabling and disabling this feature, in order to avoid pictures from disappearing after 90 days without asking for them to be deleted! / © AndroidPIT

There you have it. You can still set up the feature manually from Google Photos, and manage your free space from the app’s side menu.

Save battery life in dark mode

The two new Google Pixel 2 smartphones are equipped with an OLED display, which means that each black pixel on the screen is a pixel that’s turned off. This saves energy, especially when there are many black pixels (although the difference isn’t that impressive either).

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By activating the dark theme, you’ll be able to enjoy the Quick Toggles in black, a selection of apps in dark and translucent hues, and a dark background screen. Unfortunately, the theme is not active in other apps, not even by going into the settings. To activate dark mode, you just need to set a background with many shades of black. It also works with Live Wallpaper.

Activate night mode (blue light filter)

The blue light filter helps protect our eyes when we’re using smartphones in the dark. This is why it’s interesting to automate the feature so that it activates from sunset to dawn, allowing our eyes to relax and facilitate sleep (obviously, at the cost of a losing a little color accuracy).

  • As usual, go to Settings
  • Tap on Display
  • The option for Night Light is located here
  • In the Schedule menu, you can choose to activate the option from sunset to sunrise, or at a custom time.

nightmode Although the display looks very yellow on the picture, the effect is actually lighter and your eyes will thank you for it.  / © AndroidPIT

Automatically connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi

With your new smartphone, you don’t have to worry about disconnecting from Wi-Fi when you leave home, or reactivating it when you arrive at work or at your university library. The Google Pixel 2 is able to recognize the proximity of a known and used Wi-Fi network (like at home or at work) in order to connect or disconnect from it automatically.

You’ll no longer have to remember switch your Wi-Fi on or off each time: the Pixel does it all by itself. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s definitely helpful. To activate the feature, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Network & Internet
  • Tap on Wi-Fi
  • Find the Wi-Fi Preferences menu at the bottom
  • The first option is the one we need to Turn on Wi-Fi automatically

The option is enabled by default, but if you want to make sure, you can follow the steps described above.

Automatic Do not Disturb mode during driving

I’ve already mentioned how smartphones are becoming an increasing distraction during travel, so I won’t lecture our poor readers again. However, there are times when being disturbed by a smartphone can be particularly dangerous, like when driving. That’s why Google offers the possibility of configuring the smartphone so that it automatically enters “do not disturb” mode when driving a vehicle. To activate this feature, follow this process:

  • Go to Settings
  • Enter the Sound menu
  • Select Do Not Disturb preferences
  • You will find a list of presets for the feature, but the one we are interested in is Driving (the last one)
  • After tapping on this option, you can activate it using the usual switch

dnd pixel drive It’s possible to set the Do Not Disturb mode for other occasions. / © AndroidPIT

Now, every time you’re behind the wheel, you won’t be tempted by constant notifications from your work, email apps and incoming calls. But remember that not using your phone while driving is mostly dependent on your will to do so.

Activate the camera in one step (and more gesture tricks)

Not everyone knows that Google Pixel 2 offers practical gestures for the camera. The first, and most well-known among them is the one that allows you to press the phone’s on/off button twice in order to quickly launch the camera app, and potentially not miss the best shot of your career.

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What if you wanted to take a little selfie? Once the camera app is opened, simply twist your wrist twice quickly to switch between the rear and front camera. You look a little silly, but once you get used to it, it’s hard to stop!

Disable HDR+ mode

Google’s HDR+ mode allows Pixel 2 to achieve unparalleled results in terms of brightness dynamics, taking multiple shots and choosing the best out of each of your photos, without you even knowing it. The pictures taken in this mode are remarkable, but you don’t always want to see everything in a picture. Sometimes you just want to take a picture with backlighting, showing black silhouettes… In these cases, the HDR+ may well spoil the desired effect, which is why it’s possible to disable this function.

  • Go to the Camera app
  • Open the menu on the top left (with the three lines icon)
  • Tap on Settings
  • In the Photo category, tap on Advanced
  • Here you can activate HDR+ control, which will place a button on the main screen of your camera app.

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With the switch, you can force HDR+ on, turn it off or leave it on auto, which is the default.

Do you know any other tips and tricks for the new Google smartphones? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments!

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13 tips and tricks to improve your Chrome experience

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1. Copy, cut and paste web addresses

Share the address of specific web pages and content from websites you like using the Android copy and paste tool. In Chrome, click on the URL of the site and press the cursor for a few seconds. If you’re using Android Marshmallow, you’ll see that in addition to copying and pasting, there’s the option to share apps and search for specific terms in Google Now.

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2. Speed up page loading with Brotli

Enabling the Brotli function improves the page loading speed as sites are unzipped faster. To do this, you need to open a new page in the browser and enter the following URL:  chrome: // flags / # enable-brotli.

On the next page you’ll see a page with several features. At the top of the screen, highlighted in yellow, is the section that is most relevant to us. It’s called “Brotli Coding” content. You must now select the “Default” menu and then click “Activate”. You’ll then need to restart Chrome to apply your changes.

chrome tips tricks COM Setup 9 Activating Brotli speeds up Chrome. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Disable open tabs between apps in multitasking 

From Android 5.0 Lollipop the recent Chrome tabs are opened one over the other mixed with the apps, which let’s face it can be confusing. Happily you can undo this action. To do this, open Chrome in Lollipop, click the three dots in the upper right corner of the browser, and then go to:  Settings > Merge tabs and apps > Disable. After that, your Chrome browser will be faster and more organized.

4. Quickly switch between tabs

If you followed the above instructions, you’ll be able to enjoy yet another advantage. You can now move tabs quickly by simply dragging the address bar to the right or left. However, you should know that Android can be controlled in part by gestures. So in the following article we’ve put together 10 gestures that will enhance both your Android user experience and using Chrome:

5. Add a shortcut to a website on your home screen

If you find yourself frequently visiting a website adding it to your home screen will save you some time and a few taps. To do so, simply tap the three-point menu and select “Add to home screen.” Then just choose a label for the icon that will be added to your home screen. Too easy!

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6. Synchronizing tabs and favorites with other devices

This feature is certainly not new, but it’s not used very often. To make it really useful, you need to set up some options. Go to your Chrome settings, use your Google account, and enable sync. Before syncing, open Chrome on your computer, sign in with the same account, then “Sync” in the account settings and confirm that the “Open tabs” option is enabled.

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7. How to navigate in anonymous mode

Incognito mode prevents Google Chrome from saving your browsing history. To access it, just touch the three-point menu (upper right corner of the window) and touch “Navigate without a trace”. The search bar and anonymous tab icon are grayed out, and do not change according to the website you visit.

chrome tips tricks COM Setup 5 For anonymous browsing, switch to incognito mode. / © ANDROIDPIT

8. Save data with Chrome

In Google Chrome, you can reduce the use of your plan’s mobile data by compressing them. Simply open the Chrome browser and go to: Menu > Settings > Data Saver. With this option enabled, you will certainly save yourself some internet data.

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9. Reader Mode

Not all sites have been optimized to open on a smartphone. To improve your user experience with these sites, Google has enabled Reader Mode in Chrome. To enable this function open the browser and enter the following URL:  chrome: // flags / # reader-mode-heuristics.

You will soon find the “Activate Reader Mode”, then click the “Default” button and choose “Always”. Each new page you’ll open after this will have a note appear in the footer of your display indicating that the website can be optimized for your smartphone.

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10. Get Facebook notifications for Chrome

If you use Facebook through your browser, and you don’t want to miss out receiving notifications, these can be sent to you through Chrome. When you first access the site with the browser, Facebook asks permission to send notifications to the user. This new feature finally makes the Facebook app useless!

However, if you want to enable or disable this option you’ll need to go to: Profile settings > Notifications and then tap on the gear icon. Then click “Mobile on” and manage.

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11. Compress media files with Opera Max

Opera Max saves data and gives you full control over your consumption. The application works with 3G, 4G, LTE and WiFi networks, and is really effective as it compresses videos, photos and media in general, applications and websites, and without much loss of quality. 

If that wasn’t enough to get you interested, Opera Max also allows you to save battery power by blocking applications running in the background. Last but not least, when managing WiFi networks, Max also tracks what apps do in the background when connected to WiFi. To get these features, download the app from Google Play Store:

Opera Max – Data manager Install on Google Play

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12. Open tabs side-by-side with Nougat’s multi-window feature

This will only work with phones running Android Nougat. Open Chrome as you normally would, then long press the recent apps button on your phone to open the multi-window menu.

chrome tips tricks multi window tabs Long press the square button on the bottom right to go to multi-window mode. / © ANDROIDPIT

At this point, go to the Chrome-occupied half of your screen and tap the three dots button on the top right for more options, and select Move to another window. Then you’ll be able to open a new Chrome tab on the other half of the screen. 

13. Read webpages offline

For a year now, it has been possible to download a webpage to view it later while offline, but a new update makes it even easier. Just long press any link and choose “Download link”. Or, when you’re offline, you can tell Chrome to download it when you’re back online. This is great for when your connection is spotty. Just open a link while offline, and when you get to the “You are offline” page, tap the big blue “Download page later” button.

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Once you’ve downloaded one or more pages, you can get to the content by opening a new tab. You’ll see your downloaded pages listed in their own “Downloads” section at the top, above some suggested online articles from Google.

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To enjoy these functions on your Android, download Chrome from the Play Store if you have not already installed it on your device. Click the button below:

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So now that you’ve assessed out tips and tricks, are there any which you think you might use yourself? Are there any other tips for Chrome that you use on your Android? Let us know in the comments below.

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LG G3 tips and tricks: master your LG smartphone

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1. Take advantage of the Knock functionality

The LG G3 sports some tools that rely on your tapping skills to enable them. You can double tap the screen to turn the display on and off (although it only works if you tap an empty spot on the home screen when the display is active).

You can use a knock code to lock and unlock your device instead of a conventional pattern lock, and you can even wake the display of your device with a single tap.

To set things up, under the “General” tab in the Settings menu, go to Security > Lock Screen > Select screen lock. Select Knock Code and you’ll then be asked to create and confirm your Knock Code pattern. You’ll also be asked to set up a backup pin just in case you forget your code. 

2. Use Smart screen

LG has taken a page out of the Samsung playbook with this feature: when enabled, Smart screen will keep your display lit up for as long as you’re looking at your device. It’s a handy feature if you’re reading or spending a long time looking at one thing in particular.

To make use of it, go to Settings > Display and check Smart screen.

3. Take screenshots and annotate them with QuickMemo+ 

You can take screenshots with just about every Android device, but LG’s QuickMemo+ function (or QMemo+) allows you to add handwritten notes to the screenshot. There are two ways you can start QuickMemo+: you can either access it from the icon in Quick Settings or by adding in the QuickMemo+ navigation button to your home screen.

androidpit lg g3 tips and tricks notes and keyboard QuickMemo+ lets you take notes anywhere. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Change the system font

If you’re looking to liven up your home screen or would like to see a more playful font used in your apps, here LG comes to the rescue as you can tailor text styles to suit your tastes. 

To get started,  just go to Settings > Display > Font type. All you need to do then is select your preferred font type. 

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5. One-handed operation

The LG G3 is a powerful smartphone with some great features, but let’s face it – it can be a bit of a handful. Luckily, the LG G3 comes with a one-handed operation feature that is specifically designed to alleviate this issue.

With one-handed operation enabled, you can adjust the alignment of the dialer, keyboard and lock screen, making it easier to use your smartphone with one hand. 

To set this up, just go to Settings > General > One-handed operation. After you’ve done this, check the boxes for the features you’d like to enable and you’re good to go.

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6. Adjust the navigation buttons

As we revealed in the Optimus UI comparison, you can move the G3’s navigation buttons to whatever you see fit. Do you want the home button on the left? How about the back button on the right?

No problem, you can change the arrangement of these capacitive buttons or even hide them when not in use by heading to Settings > Display > Home touch buttons > Button combination. From here, you can drag and drop the buttons at your will.

lg g3 screenshot tutorial 1 Customize the navigation buttons on the LG G3. / © ANDROIDPIT

7. Quick access the camera and notes applications

You can use the volume buttons to start two apps directly from standby, just by long-pressing them. If you long-press the volume-down button, you’ll fire up the camera app, while long-pressing the volume up button will launch the notes app.

These assignments can’t be modified, which is a shame, and the features are also limited if you have your G3 protected by a knock code, pin code or pattern code; if that’s the case, you’ll have to unlock the device before either app will start.

8. Adjust the keyboard size

If the keyboard is taking up too much space or you need it to be a bit bigger, you can change the size of it as long as you’re holding your LG G3 in portrait mode.

Go to Settings > Language and Input > LG Keyboard. From there, you can make the desired changes to the keyboard height and layout. You can also choose to have the keyboard split apart when you hold the phone in landscape mode or enable one-handed operation mode.

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9. Use two apps simultaneously

A long-press on the back button will open the dual-window function and allow you to display a variety of system apps on the screen at the same time. Among these apps are the browser, maps, news and email.

Just drag and drop the two apps that you want to use to either the upper and lower half of the screen. The size ratio between the two displayed apps can also be adjusted by dragging the middle bar. 

androidpit lg g3 tips and tricks dual screen The LG G3 supports dual window mode for multi-tasking. / © ANDROIDPIT

10. Smart cleaning feature

Smart cleaning is one of LG’s more distinctive features, as it reminds you to delete apps you don’t use and other data to free up space on your smartphone. It will also suggest you delete cache from apps, temporary Clip Tray files, and apps that haven’t been used after a certain amount of time. The notification interval and idle time period is by default set to 1 month, though both of these can be reduced or extended however you like. 

You can find the Smart cleaning feature by going Settings > General > Smart cleaning and then just select the category you want to deal with – “Temporary files,” “Download folder” or “Idle apps.”

11. Personalize the contrast and appearance with color adjustment

In the Settings > General > Accessibility, you can find the option for Color adjustment. With this, you can change the look and contrast of the entire surface, including app icons.

Once the feature is activated, you can simply drag your finger across the screen and the entire interface will be changed to reflect the color you choose. 

androidpit lg g3 tips and tricks color adjustmentThe LG G3 has great accessibility and color options. / © ANDROIDPIT

12. Get greater accessibility with Touch assistant

Key functions such as volume control, on / off, home screen, settings and back can be reached via an extra button that can be placed anywhere on your screen and accessed across all screens.

In order to enable this, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Touch assistant. The button will now appear on your screen, and tapping on it will bring up a menu showing a bunch of basic functions.

androidpit lg g3 tips and tricks touch assistant Universal Touch adds a floating mini-menu for quick access to key features. / © ANDROIDPIT

13. Change the theme of the messaging app

If you’re not a big fan of the messaging app’s default theme, you can change it. Head to Settings within the messaging app and choose Conversation theme to change the background and the look of the speech bubbles. You can even use an image as a background if you want to.

androidpit lg g3 tips and tricks conversation themes Change the appearance of the messaging app on the LG G3 with different backgrounds and speech bubbles. / © ANDROIDPIT

14. Change app icons

If you don’t like a particular app icon, long-press on it and then let go, and a small paintbrush will appear at the top right. Tapping it will bring up an overview of different icons, which you can choose for a replacement.

androidpit lg g3 tips and tricks change app icons Customize your app icons easily on the LG G3. / © ANDROIDPIT

This is just a glimpse into some of the customization possibilities that your LG G3 offers. While not every feature is exclusive to this device, there are still tons of tips and tricks that make the G3 unique.

Let us know what your favorite feature of the LG G3 is in the comments.

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Google Maps, the travel guide: Here are the inside tricks

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On vacation, Google Maps is a huge help. On top of providing precise maps for navigation, real time traffic data to avoid jams and Street View for scoping out hotels, Google Maps offers even more functions. Many of these aren’t obvious, but are definitely worth discovering. 

Here are our Google Maps tricks:

Shorter lines for attractions

You absolutely have to visit the Empire State Building and MoMA? To avoid waiting for two hours and possibly not even getting in, you can find out via Google Maps when lines are at their shortest. Google constantly registers the number of people in a certain area and turns this into helpful data for you. Use it!

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This graph displays a few handy things. You’ll know immediately how long guests normally spend at the attraction, and can then consider whether it’s still worth joining the line at 6pm. You also have a comparison between days of the week. For example, if you’re spending a few days in Amsterdam, you’d be well-advised to visit the Anne Frank House on a Wednesday morning.

Arrival countdown for your friends

Driving to a friend? You can let them know when roughly you’ll be arriving, in a modern way. Instead of calling, or risking being called behind the wheel, Google Maps will take over the task of keeping your friend updated.

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Press on the remaining time at the bottom of the navigation display. Then tap on ‘Share trip’. Choose a user from your address book or via telephone number or email address. This friend will be able to track your position and see when you’ll arrive.

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Your friends can regularly check whether your arrival time has changed. Google utilizes traffic information for your route and will factor this into your journey time. If you hit sudden traffic, Google Maps will automatically try to find an alternate route.

Share your route with friends

Planning a trip with or for friends, and want to discuss the route together? Maps can create a plan on a smartphone or computer, including all intermediate destinations. You’re able to send that plan between devices, or share it among your friends.

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Tap ‘Add stop’ next to the input bar to add more cities or addresses, or change the destination altogether. Then choose ‘Share Directions’, select the app and send the link to your friends. 

Share the list of places you’ve been

If it’s not a journey you want to recommend but several individual locations, you can sort these into lists and display them to friends. Your buddies will be grateful when they see that you’ve already sought out the best bars and restaurants for them. 

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You first need to find the places on Google Maps and save them into a list. This list can then be shared with friends. You can even make them completely public, so that they can be found on Google.

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To access the lists we need to go to the Main Menu > Your Places > Saved. Once you select a list, tap either the share symbol or ‘Sharing options’ from the menu. The first way will share the link to the list via app, and the second publishes the list in such a way that it’s theoretically visible on Google searches.

Fix the compass

Google Maps sometimes forgets which way is forward. If you see a blue funnel replacing the normal compass needle, and once again pointing the wrong direction, only a roller coaster ride will help. This sounds odd, and looks it too, but you need to draw figures of eight in the air with your phone until the Maps assistant corrects itself. This might occasionally take a minute, but truly works. 

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Always arrive on time

Important appointment? Utilize the synergy between Google Maps and Google Calendar. Input the destination address into the calendar appointment. Via Google Assistant or Now cards, this will then be synchronized across Calendar and Maps, as well as on your smartphone and smartwatch.

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If you have an Android Wear watch, you’ll be reminded of the appointment through vibrations. On your smartphone you’ll see a corresponding map that shows you how best to travel to your appointment. In case of high traffic on the day of your event, the artificial intelligence will advise you accordingly to leave earlier. You’ll always be warned in time.

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If you’ve set a daily appointment for your commute to work, Google will inform you every day of the quickest route in. If, for example, a construction site opens or closes, a street is blocked, or an accident hampers your route, Google will ensure that you’re informed ahead of time. To do this, Google collates the necessary information from Android devices located on the route itself.

Check gas prices on the go

Google Maps makes it easier to save money on gas. Open the app, enter your route, then tap the magnifying glass while in navigation mode. You’ll then be able to select the option to show gas stations along your way. Now, you can see a selection of gas stations on the way to your destination, including the price of gas at each one and the number of minutes off your path it is. So, you can stop wherever the cheapest, most convenient station is.

Conclusion

Be it for travels, daily life or social scheduling, Google Maps offers many tools to make your life quicker and more efficient. Using the data services fully, you’ll discover synergies between individual apps and devices. Maps becomes far more than just a map – it becomes your assistant, informant, and a small improvement to the quality of your life.

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5 tips and tricks for the OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 can do more than you think. We’ve got tips that can benefit everyone, from experts to new users. Get the most out of your OnePlus flagship with these tricks.

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OnePlus 5 Tip #1: Give it a rinse

You read it right: The OnePlus 5 is protected against water. So, if your OnePlus 5 gets a bit messy at the breakfast table, you can just run it under the faucet to get the syrup off of it. OnePlus puts these devices through submersion tests during the manufacturing process. As long as you don’t use soap or salt, the OnePlus 5 should be impervious to water. Just make sure to let the USB port, buttons and speaker grill dry out well. 

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OnePlus 5 Tip #2: Buy a protective cover

The OnePlus 5 is a slim, good looking device and it feels great in-hand thanks to the smooth, cool metal back. Sadly, it’s not invincible. The back is susceptible to scratches, and this can be prevented by adding a case. I highly recommend the ones from OnePlus.

OnePlus 5 Tip #3: Use only the Dash Charger

OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charger is the fastest smartphone charging technology on the market. We compared it ourselves. Within half an hour you get enough charge to last you through to the next day.

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This means you can change up your charging habits. You can leave your charger in the office and top up for just 30 minutes toward the end of the work day. That will last until you’re back the next morning. Without resorting to overnight charging, the battery won’t age unnecessarily.

OnePlus 5 Tip #4: Modify Android

OnePlus gives you more freedom than many other manufacturers on how you want to use your smartphone. If you don’t like the preinstalled Oxygen OS, you can unlock the boot loader, and use another variation of Android or modify the existing one. Which mods are available and how to use them is explained in the lively OnePlus community.

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Do not worry about the warranty: OnePlus is behind you. Your warranty claims remain unaffected by such modifications.

OnePlus 5 Tip #5: Gaming mode

Nothing’s worse than having a game session interrupted. That’s why there’s a Gaming Do Not Disturb mode on the OnePlus 5. It allows you to block notifications from popping up and lock the capacitive buttons. This can be enabled for specific games in the settings. You’ll find this feature buried in Settings, under Advanced then Gaming Do Not Disturb.

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Basic tips:

If you are looking for tips for the Oxygen user interface on the OnePlus 5, you will find a collection of advice in the OnePlus 3(T) tricks article. As the OnePlus 5 continues to rely on Oxygen OS, many of these familiar tips are still relevant.

Do you have any tips for other OnePlus 5 owners? Let us know in the comments.

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