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From helping to understand the difference between two phones to instructions on getting more from your devices, this section aims to educate. We cover everything from the most very basic stuff all the way up to more detailed and focused topics.

How to install the Google Play Store on the Kindle Fire [Android 201]

The Kindle Fire is a great little tablet, at a fantastic price point and is perfect for those hooked into the Amazon ecosystem. The...

Tip: How to hide the notification bar on Nova Launcher

Installing Nova Launcher opens up a whole load of customisation possibilities for your Android device; first we explained how to use Nova Launcher gestures...

Tip: How to speed up your Samsung Galaxy S4

With Samsung having announced the new Galaxy S5, you may have begun to feel like your Samsung Galaxy S4 is already out-of-date, and might...

Setting up Google Authenticator is as easy as scanning a QR code

Are you properly securing your accounts? Here's how to use Google Authenticator to your advantage and add a layer of protection.

How to fix the lag on your Android smartphone and make it perform like...

It happens to the best of us and it happens to the worst of us. Lag. Our Android smartphones might have incredible hardware and...

How to simplify and standardize your Android smartphone with the Google Now Launcher app

 There's a good percentage of you readers who know the exact differences between Android devices from different manufacturers. For those of you who are...

Viewing traffic and alerts on Google Maps [How-to]

We have reviewed how to add your home and work addresses to Google Maps, as well as how to download an area for offline...

Transform your rooted device with Xposed Framework [How-To]

A note on pre-requisites before you embark on your Xposed journey: your device needs to have an Unlocked Bootloader running a Custom Recovery and be Rooted before you can even...

7 tip and tricks to dramatically improve the WiFi signal and speeds in your...

It's crazy to think that just 10 years ago we thought our internet was fast. 20 years ago we had to "dial in" to log...

How to debloat and speed up your Samsung Galaxy devices for just $1 without...

It's no secret that Samsung Galaxy devices come preinstalled with a ton of bloatware and duplicate apps. Some of those are useful, but a...

How to clear recently used apps [Android 101]

Sometimes when you exit an application, it doesn't mean the app has stopped. Most of the time, it's actually still running in the background....

What is VPN and how do I use it with Android?

Each time you use the Internet, your connection goes through a vast network of special infrastructure across the world in a matter of milliseconds....

Create an animation in Google Photos [How-To]

We have gone over a number of things you can do with Google Photos. I won't list them all here but feel free to...

How to install the newest Android O beta on your Nexus or Pixel phone...

As many of you likely know, Google is in the midst of releasing its next version of Android to the public. Known only as...

How to disable personalized ads on Android

Tired of Google spying on your online activities for advertising purposes? You can opt out of ad tracking on your Android smartphone or tablet
 
 

Samsung Galaxy S10 family arrives with four models

The flagship phone season is officially underway as the Samsung Galaxy S10 line of phones arrives. This year there are four models to choose from.

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How to change the Google Keyboard theme on your phone

Changing the Google Keyboard (Gboard) theme is easy to do and can go a long way to freshening up an old phone. Here's how to do it a few easy steps!
 
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