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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: Gift a Google Play Music subscription

Google has quietly introduced a new feature as part of its Play Music service which lets users offer up gifts. Said gifts come in...

How to manually install app updates with APK files [Android 201]

Waiting for app updates can be a drag, especially if other phones are receiving the update before you. Automatically updating your apps through the...

How To: Unsubscribe to emails in the Gmail app for Android

Let's face it - you get emails from people, places, and services for things you don't care much about. Maybe it was a restaurant mailing...

How to make sure that your apps are up to date [Android 101]

Keeping your apps up-to-date is important for a number of reasons. New features, better performance and battery optimizations are just some of the improvements...

Android 6.0 bug fixes: Download and install the latest Google Play Store 5.9.12 APK

The Google Play Store has just received a version bump, bringing it to version 5.9.12 and gets devices ready for the impending launch of Android...

So you got your phone wet. Now what?

So you dropped your phone in a toilet, got hit by a rogue wave while running on the beach, or you got pushed into...

What are Google Now Cards? How to tailor them to your needs.

In this post, I'll show you how to customize Google Now cards. But first, what is Google Now? The service essentially is a personal assistant....

Get prepared for Android 6.0: Download and install the latest Google Play Store 5.9.11...

The Google Play Store has just received a version bump, bringing it to version 5.9.11 and gets devices ready for the impending launch of Android 6.0,...
Android Pay

How to use Android Pay before it’s officially released

Android Pay may not be making an appearance until September 16th, at least officially, but one video has surfaced showing that actually everything you...

What is PPI and why is it important?

PPI, or pixels per inch, is simply an indication of how great the pixel density on your screen display is. Your screen is made...
Android 301

How to speed up your device without root access

Every once in awhile, you come across a device that just isn't as snappy as you'd like for it to be. Scrolling seems to...

How to force a reboot [Android 101]

As much as we love our Android devices, sometimes things go wrong and you end up with a frozen or blank screen. So what...

Straight from Android Marshmallow: Download and install the latest Google Play Store 5.8.11 APK

The Google Play Store has just received a version bump, bringing it to version 5.8.11 and has been extracted directly from the latest Android Marshmallow...

What is the big.LITTLE chip configuration?

Each year we see bigger, better and faster phones. Unfortunately, we have not seen many advances or breakthroughs in smartphone batteries, and as such...
Stagefright

Don’t want Stagefright? Follow these tips to protect your device

So there's been a lot of talk over the last couple of weeks about this Stagefright vulnerability that has been found in just about every Android device...

Verizon taps LG V50 ThinQ 5G for June 20 launch

Verizon schedules the LG V50 ThinQ 5G for June 20, bringing about its second phone to support the brand new 5G network. Here's what you need to know.

Learn Something New!

Spotify adds a sleep timer to its app; here’s how to...

Spotify has added a commonly requested feature to your favorite tracks. You can now set a sleep timer to play music at bedtime.
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