Android Tips and Tricks

Tip: Provide Administrator access to Android Device Manager to enable remote wipe and locking

Tip: Provide Administrator access to Android Device Manager to enable remote wipe and locking

A few months ago, Google finally unveiled its own anti-theft protection service for Android devices known as Android Device Manager. The service was included as a part of the major Google Play services update that it received at I/O this year.

Tips to improve the Nexus 5 battery life

Tips to improve the Nexus 5 battery life

It has been a couple of weeks since the Nexus 5 went up for sale on the Play Store. Reviews from nearly all the major websites on the Internet are out and everyone has deemed the battery’s life as mediocre. 

Enable Battery Percentage in status bar on Android 4.4 KitKat

Enable Battery Percentage in status bar on Android 4.4 KitKat

One seemingly minor feature that Google still has not added in Android, even in KitKat, is the ability to show battery percentage in the status bar. This feature has been present in iOS and other OEM Android skins since quite sometime now, so its lack in stock Android even after all these years is somewhat embarrassing. 

How to get rid of Google Now from the Android 4.4 KitKat home screen

How to get rid of Google Now from the Android 4.4 KitKat home screen

The new Google Experience launcher, that is available exclusively to the Nexus 5, but is already available to other devices via an extracted APK, allows for quick access to Google Now with just a simple left-to-right swipe.

How to enable lock screen widgets in Android 4.4 KitKat

How to enable lock screen widgets in Android 4.4 KitKat

In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has disabled the ability to place widgets on the lock screen by default. Instead, users will first need to enable an option, before they can start using widgets on their lock screen.

How to change default launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat

How to change default launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat

One minor change that Google has introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat is the ability to change the default launcher much more easily.

How to add, remove and arrange home screens in Android 4.4 KitKat

How to add, remove and arrange home screens in Android 4.4 KitKat

One of the biggest changes that Google introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat is the new Google Experience Launcher. The new launcher allows almost instant access to Google Now by just swiping from the left to right on the home screen. Another major change, compared to previous version of Android launcher, is the ability to have unlimited number of home screens.

How to redeem a Google Play Store gift card outside of the US

How to redeem a Google Play Store gift card outside of the US

It has been quite a while since Google introduced the gift card feature in United States and and much more recently, United Kingdom. The company has not introduced the feature to any other region of the world, and does not allow users to redeem gift cards from unsupported geographical regions as well, which is quite frustrating. 

The top 10 tips for getting the best from the camera in your Android smartphone

The top 10 tips for getting the best from the camera in your Android smartphone

There’s no getting away from the fact that the quality of camera hardware in Android phones varies hugely, from ultra-cheap fixed focus affairs on budget hardware to very decent 12 megapixel shooters with good optics on the top Android flagships, capable of rivalling the best the iOS and (most of the) Windows Phone world have to offer. Obviously, the tips presented below will apply more to the latter than the former, but there are many devices in between (e.g. the 5MP camera in the 2010 Nexus S and 2011 Galaxy Nexus is a good dividing line, anything newer and higher spec than these will be capable of good results), for which the tips below should help you take consistently better photos.

How to disable the Google Now swipe up from Home action

How to disable the Google Now swipe up from Home action

One of the advantages of Android devices with on-screen navigation keys is the quick access to Google Now by just swiping up from the bottom of the home button. While it may not seem like a biggie, it is a god sent ability to directly jump into Google Now from anywhere you are in the OS.

However, this small feature also a cause for a big headache for many people. Numerous times, I have ended up opening Google Now while playing Zombie Flick or Fruit Ninja on my Nexus 4.