How to: Factory Reset a Chromecast

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The Chromecast, Google’s new HDMI dongle, is largely thought to be nothing short of a bundle of awesome, especially at its $35 price point. But there still may be times when it has issues and needs troubleshooting. Since there isn’t much of an interface outside of a “Ready to Cast” screen and the help of an Android app, performing tasks like a factory data reset could be somewhat confusing. So if you ever run into a point of no return and are completely frustrated, this is how you can start over from the beginning.  (more…)

Tip: If an Android App Update is Not Showing as Available on Your Device, Install From the Web

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How many times has a new Android app update been issued for a major app, yet you find yourself without the ability to update on your phone or tablet? All of your friends are showing off the new features, and there you are stuck in times of old, refreshing and tapping frustratingly, hoping that you’ll receive the satisfaction that accompanies the “Update” button. What if there was a way around the wait, at least in most cases? There is, actually.  (more…)

20+ Tips and Tricks for the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Just like we did shortly after getting our hands on the HTC One (tips and tricks), we thought it was time for a quick tips and tricks session with the Samsung Galaxy S4 (review). Since Samsung packed all sorts of new software features into this device, we probably could have made this 50+, but 20 or so seemed like the right amount.

Throughout this 14-minute long clip, we’ll show you how to use features like Air View, Air Gesture (and how to turn them on and off), managing quick toggles, jumping in and out of the camera quickly, enabling lock screen widgets, answering calls without touching your phone, and more. There are also some basic navigation and general Android tips in there for those of you who made the Galaxy S4 your first smartphone.

Also, be sure to drop tips of your own in the comments.  (more…)

20+ Tips and Tricks for the HTC One

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I’ve now spent a full three days with the HTC One, so I’ve had just enough time to figure out and get used to all of the quirks that come with Sense 5.0. While it’s not a drastic change from previous versions in terms of big picture functionality, it is different enough that some of these tweaks may throw you for a loop the first time you see them. HTC certainly does things on a smartphone in their own way, something that is more evident in Sense 5.0 than ever before.  (more…)

An Overview of Android Lock Screen Security Options [Beginners’ Guide]

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Since your phone is with you at all times, the likelihood of it getting left behind at a bar, restaurant, gym, or other location that you previously visited is probably pretty high. And since we live in a world that isn’t always filled with angels, the chances of that left-behind-phone getting stolen and fondled deeply without your approval is probably even higher. Your first line of defense against evil doers is your lock screen.  (more…)

How to: Set an Alarm on Your Android Phone [Beginners’ Guide]

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Does anyone actually own a physical alarm clock anymore? You know, one of those big boxes with glowing lights, the worst radio speaker in history, and that likely has a broken limb thanks to being knocked off your night stand a time or two? For many, you could put these in the same category as dinosaurs as most have switched over to their phone full time as an alarm replacement. After all, your phone is with you every step of the day, including during times of travel, so why not make it your bedside and morning companion?

In this quick guide, we’ll look at setting up an alarm in the simplest of ways. This isn’t rocket science, but it’s definitely something you should all know how to do. The only tricky part depends on the type of device you have. Motorola, stock Android and Samsung all do things slightly different, so we’ll take a look at each.  (more…)

How to: Setup and Use Mobile Hotspot [Beginners’ Guide]

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One of the most important features to Android smartphone owners, especially for those who travel regularly or want to take full advantage of high-speed LTE networks, is mobile hotspot. It’s also called “tethering,” but carriers have done their best to move away from that word for the most part and onto “hotspot” which is much more marketing friendly. With a mobile hotspot, you can turn your phone into an on-the-go WiFi router for your other WiFi enabled devices to connect to. No longer are you stuck with fingers crossed, hoping that you next location has free WiFi or a password available. With your phone, and hotspot enabled, you can be connected from anywhere.  (more…)

How to: Factory Reset Your Phone [Beginners’ Guide]

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Whatever the circumstances may be, sometimes we need to wipe our phones of all of their content. Maybe you are getting ready to sell it through eBay or Craigslist, and whoever is buying your phone certainly doesn’t need to see all of your stuff on their new phone. So, how do you factory reset an Android device? This guide will serve as a brief look into how to rid your phone of all of your personal pictures, documents, contacts, and more with the help of the built in reset option that Android offers.

Let’s get to it. (more…)