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Android Beginner Guides

May 27, 2015

How to recover data off of your microSD card: a valuable lesson in backups

If you have important or sensitive data on the microSD card of your smartphone or tablet, it’s important to make sure that data is backed up immediately. You could store it in the cloud or on a … Read More

May 20, 2015

How to set up your computer for Android application development

The thought of creating our own Android apps amuses most of us. “I haveĀ an excellent idea for an app,” we tell ourselves. “I could do that so much better than this developer,” … Read More

May 18, 2015

How to backup your data on a smartphone or tablet

In our technological age, losing data is a fact of life. Technology fails, files get corrupted, and sometimes we inadvertently delete our own data. It happens. The good news is that there are precaut … Read More

May 8, 2015

How to set up a VPN on Android

There are a myriad of reasons as to why you might want to setup a VPN on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Some of those reasons are for security purposes and others are to simply get your l … Read More

Jan 9, 2015

Here’s how to temporarily stop Google Now from notifying you of sports scores to avoid spoilers

As you know, Google Now will update you with the scores of your favorite teams. Although much slower than other services, it does work nicely. However, there might be situations in which you’re … Read More

Dec 5, 2014

How to manually install the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update on your HTC One (M7) or (M8) GPe device [Updated with 5.1 info]

Update – Android 5.1 is now pushing to the HTC One (M7) GP3 device as of 5/12/15. We added the download link below at Step 1.
The HTC One (M7) and (M8) Google Play Edition devices are receiving … Read More

Nov 25, 2014

How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) is showing that it has been updated, but you can& … Read More

Nov 19, 2014

How to use Motorola Keylink to bypass your lock screen on non Lollipop devices

Motorola introduced Keylink today, which does a variety of things for $24.99. For starters, it’s a keychain that you can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Using the Motorola Connect app, you … Read More

Nov 14, 2014

How to manage which folders are automatically backed up to Google’s Photos app cloud storage

One of the best features of Google+ is the streamlined photo backup service that’s baked right into the social media app. Once it’s turned on, it keeps all of the photos on your device bac … Read More

Nov 13, 2014

How to manually install the Lollipop OTA on your Nexus device, download links included [updated with 5.1.1 links]

There are two methods for manually updating your Nexus device to Android 5.0 or 5.0.1 Lollipop. You can flash the factory image, but if your bootloader isn’t unlocked, it means you have to do a … Read More

Nov 12, 2014

How to install the Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device [and keep your data]

The Lollipop update is rolling to Nexus devices as we speak, but it could take up to a week till your device receives it. If you’re the impatient type, we have all the instructions to get Lolli … Read More

Oct 20, 2014

How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

Android phones and tablets have had the “Back up my data” option for some time now, but it’s actually a lot more useful now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is upon us.
Upon setting up a n … Read More

Oct 14, 2014

Best apps for streaming photos, videos, and music from your Android device to Chromecast [October 2014]

Google’s Chromecast is a fantastic device. It’s one of the easiest ways to stream and share content onto your television screen, including making it simple to cast radio stations, shows o … Read More

Sep 14, 2014

Best Android apps for managing your grocery lists [September 2014]

Grocery shopping is one of those unavoidable tasks we all eventually have to deal with, and sometimes we need a little help making sure we don’t forget the milk on the way home. Some people mig … Read More

Aug 12, 2014

Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

With smartphones and tablets so widely available now, it’s easy to replace pens and notebooks with more efficient note-taking apps. From wireless syncing to tagging and discovering older notes, … Read More