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  • How to Clear Cache on Chrome (Android)

    Clear Cache Android

    Every time you open your internet browser, your Android device collects data on your browsing habits. Whether it’s cookies, cache, or browsing history, all that data eventually piles up and could cause lower end phones to lag, impacting performance. Most of us use Chrome to access the internet and surf the web on our Android tablets and phones and, though the mobile version of Google Chrome is optimized for mobile performance, the core engine is largely the same — meaning that Chrome for Android OS is wonderfully bloated as a browser.

     

    So how do you combat lag all while evading privacy concerns? Well, before we explain how to clear your cache, how about a crash course on what exactly Chrome is collecting when you log onto the information superhighway. Chrome — like all browsers — uses browsing history, cookies and caches to speed up your browsing experience, to a point. Though, you should know, that in Chrome, these three things - browsing history, caches and cookies - are all different groups. With Chrome, you’re given the options of deleting all of them or you can even erase them from a particular website. So, Google Chrome gives you various options with how you wish to control your cookies, browsing history and caches.

     

    What Are Cookies?

    No, it doesn’t come with chocolate chips, sadly. Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer by the websites you’ve visited, known as ‘first-party cookies’. They hold data about a client or website which can be used to give the user a web page that is tailored to them. Cookies can also carry information from one site to another, the types of cookies which do this are called ‘third-party cookies’.

     

    What Is Cached Data?

    Cached data is a type of data storage. It’s a collection of web pages which include text, media and images. This data is stored on your phone so that the next time you open the web page, it loads faster. However, cached data uses memory on your phone and can cause it to lag.

     

    What Is Browsing Data?

    Every time you click something or watch a video, this is stored in your internet browsing history. It’s essentially a log of everything you’ve clicked on while online.

     

    How to Clear Cache and Cookies

    By clearing Chrome’s cache and cookies means that the website settings will be deleted. You may notice that some sites will function a little slower than normal, this is simply because the images have to be reloaded.

     

    On your Android device, open up Chrome.

    Once in Chrome, click on the browser toolbar and tap ‘More’. The browser toolbar will have three vertical dots, that is ‘More’. Then, click on ‘History’ and tap on ‘Clear browsing data.’

    It’ll take you to another option where you’re going to see ‘Clear browsing data.’ You’ll want to select the checkboxes for ‘Cookies and site data’ and ‘Cached images and files.’

    You will use the menu at the top of the page to select how much data you’d like deleted. You can even choose to select everything and deleted literally all of the cached data and cookies.

    Once you selected the amount of data, click on ‘Clear browsing data.’

     

    Voila! All your Chrome cached data and cookies will be erased. Congrats!

     

     

    How to Clear Browsing History

    By deleting your browsing history, you are deleting all activity that you’ve done online. Once it’s deleted, you will not be able to retract your internet browsing history. To delete your browsing history is very similar to deleting your cached data and cookies. What you’re going to do, is open up Google Chrome. Once in Google Chrome, you’re going to click on the browser toolbar and tap ‘More’. The browser toolbar will have three vertical dots, that is ‘More’. Then, under ‘Advanced’, you’re going to click on ‘Privacy’. Once in privacy, you’ll see 'Clear browsing data’, you’re going to click on that. At the top of the page, tap the drop-down tab which you’ll see under ‘Clear data from the’. Now, you’re going to select a time period in which you’d like the data to be released. For example, you can choose to delete your browsing history from the past 24 hours or the past month. You also have the option to delete your entire browsing history, right from the beginning of time. Select the time period which you’d like to delete. Once that’s done, you’ll click on ‘Clear data’. Then, your data will be deleted and cleared permanently from your phone.

     

    Now that you know how to delete your Chrome’s cached data, cookies and browsing history, go ahead and give it a try! You’ll notice your phone will feel much much faster. Have fun!

     

     

  • How to Move My Android Data to a New Device

    Android To New Device

    Before buying a new phone, it’s normal to start thinking about the hassle that’s inevitably going to come when transferring everything over from your last device. Though Android is quite developed when it comes to cloud services, Google still has a lot of work to do when it comes to transferring data with ease and efficiency — and while not entirely headache free, the Mountain View-based company has made gotten data transfer to the point where you won't be cringing when you look at your old and new phone. Here’s what you need to do in order to make transferring your data as pain free as possible.

    Backup Your Information

    Before you even think about transferring your information, you need to make sure your data is backed. Just in case your transfer doesn’t go as planned, you’ll have a peace of mind knowing that it’s back up safely and securely.

    In order to do this, you’ll need to make sure your old phone is signed into your Google account. To make sure you’re logged in, you’ll want to go to your phone’s settings and check in the Google tab. Once you check that, you’ll be able to backup your phone. Go into your phone’s setting, and depending on the Android you have, you need to look for ‘Backup & reset’. If you’re having problems finding this, in the search bar look up ‘backup’.

    Once you’re in the backup area, you’ll be shown a couple of options. You’ll see ‘Backup Google Drive’ which you’ll want to activate by tapping the switch beside it on. It will backup data such as apps, call history, device settings, contacts, photos, videos and SMS messages. Once you turn it on, it’ll backup automatically.

    Then, you have the option to ‘Backup my data’. You’ll want to tap that on. This will backup your application data, Wi-fi passwords, and certain phone settings. These will be sent to Google and will transfer to your new phone once connected. By doing this, you won’t have to re-enter passwords to networks you’ve saved them on.

    Now, once that’s completed, you’ll want to double check that all your information is backed. Go into your Google account and check to see if your information is there. If it’s there, then you’ve backed up your information.

    Photos and Music

    Now, if you’re wanting to transfer your photos and music, you’ll be able to use Google for this as well. It’s available for all phones. In order to do this, you’ll want to go to your settings on your phone. Then click on ‘Backup & Sync’. It’s important that the toggle beside it is blue, this mean it’s turned on. What’s great about your Google storage is that it doesn’t count your photos when using up storage. So, you’ll be able to store as many photos as you like without having to worry about using up storage.

    Now, if you’re wanting to backup your music, you have two ways to do so. If you’re already connected to iTunes, Spotify and Google Play Music - you just go to the app on your new phone and sign in with your username and password. All your music will be accessible.

    However, if you’re not using any of these services, you can still use Google Play Music, as they’ll allow you to store up to 100,000 songs for free. To do this, you need to sign in with your Google account. Once there, install Music Manager app on your PC. After you select the source of your music, the app does the rest of the work, uploading music and adding it to your library.

    Passwords and Bookmarks

    If you’re using Chrome, (and chances are that you are) you can also transfer your browser history, passwords and bookmarks to your new phone. To do this, go to the ‘Google tab’ in settings. Once there, scroll down and tap on ‘Smart Lock for Passwords’. When you’ve gotten there, you’ll be able to activate activate this feature by tapping the switch to “on”. Then, on your new device, once you sign into Chrome, all your passwords and information will be automatically transferred.

    If you’ve followed the steps above, you should be ready to go with your new device. Fantastic job!

  • How to Root Your Android Device

    Android Root

    We all want full control of our phones, however, not all of us know how to achieve that. Well, if you’re wanting unlimited control of your phone, you’re going to have to root your Android.  By doing so, you allow yourself the opportunity to completely control your phone. Though, we should warn you that by doing this, rooting your phone many void your warranty or leave you with a broken Android. In other words, don’t try this out because you’re curious about what will happen. If you don’t do this properly, you could really damage your phone without hopes of fixing it. However, if you’re able to do it successfully, you’ll be able to remove bloatware, increase your processing speed and customize your phone.

    What is rooting exactly? Good question. In short, rooting or also known as jailbreaking is when you access the operating system and take control over it. So, if you’re wanting to root your phone, this is how you’re going to do it.

     

    Back up Your Phone

    You’ll want to make sure all your information on your phone is backed up. In addition, also make sure that your phone is fully charged. Once this is done, you’ll need to turn on your USB debugging and OEM Unlocking.

     

    To do this, go to Settings. Now, you’ll want to look for Developer Options, which will be able at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap on About Phone and look for Build Number. You’re going to tap on Build Number seven times and the Developer Options will appear on the main page of Settings. Then, you’re going to tap on Back key where it’ll show you Developer Options. Then, tap on Developer Options. Enable USB Debugging  and enable OEM Unlocking.

     

    Now that this is done, you’ll need to install the Android SDK tools.

     

    Install Android SDK Tools

    You’ll need to install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.

     

    You’ll need to download and install the Android SDK tools. You’ll be able to choose from Linux, Mac and Windows. Follow the downloading instructions.

     

    You’ll be asked what directory you’ll want to install the software to, we recommend you choose C:android-sdk.

     

    After the Android SDK tools are installed, launch it from the Start Menu. The SDK Manager will open and you’ll want to uncheck everything but Android SDK Platform-tools.

    Then, click on Install 2 packages at the bottom right. You’re going to Accept license and then click on Install.

     

    Install Device Drivers

    Now, you’re going to need to install a device driver to make sure your computer properly communicates with your Android.

    There is a list of driver’s to choose from: LG, Sony, Asus, Acer, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Google.

     

    Install one of these drivers and follow the instructions. Once downloaded, you can continue to the next step.

     

    Unlock Your Bootloader

    Before you unlock your phone, you need to unlock your phone’s bootloader. The bootloader is the program on your phone which loads the operating system on your Android. It chooses what applications run on your phone when your turn it on.

     

    If you have a Motorola, Sony or HTC, you’ll need a manufacturer’s key to unlock it. You’ll need to contact them to obtain it.

    Once you have the key, you need to put your Android on fastboot mode. Every phone is different for this procedure, but, for a majority, you’ll need to hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons for ten seconds.

    Once it’s in fastboot mode, you’ll open your computer’s command prompt by holding down Shift+Right Click. Then, choose “Open a Command Prompt Here.”

    Some phones will need a code which you will receive. Paste it into the area on your device manufacturer's website. Then submit the form where you’ll receive a key, file and instructions.

     

    Now, you’ll need to connect your phone to your computer to unlock your Android’s bootloader. Then, put it into fastboot mode again and pull up the Command Prompt again.

    Each Android brand will vary with the commands, for example:

     

    Nexus Androids: type “fastboot oem unlock” (without quotes) and hit enter.

    Motorola Androids: type “oem unlock UNIQUE_KEY” (without quotes) and replace “UNIQUE KEY” with the code you have.

     

    Depending on your brand of Android the command prompt will vary. If your phone did reboot or crash, you’ve successfully rooted your phone.

  • How to Set up Auto Do Not Disturb on Your Android Device

    Do Not Disturb Regardless of whether you have an iOS or an Android device, your smartphone is bound to have a “Do Not Disturb” feature baked in. While iOS may technically have been the first to introduce the a “Do Not Disturb” feature, but that’s all ancient history now that Android has introduced their own take on the feature. When it first debuted, there were some issues — as you’d expect — with the software. These days, however, Google has streamlined the process, cleaned up the bugs, and has even incorporated new ‘rules’ that’ll make your iOS-packing buddy burn with envy.

    What do ‘rules’ mean, exactly? Glad you asked! Basically what Android allows you to do is to schedule when you’ll receive notifications. For example, if you don’t want your device to be active your meetings or when you sleep, you can program ‘Do Not Disturb’ to turn on during that time. Not a bad idea, right?

    Let’s face it, we all have times when we don’t want to be bothered. So why keep being annoyed with bleeps and bloops as you go throughout your day? Let’s show you how to activate this feature on your phone.

    Before setting up the Do Not Disturb feature on your phone, here are the three settings that you'll have to choose from: total silence, alarms only and priority. ‘Total Silence’ does not allow any notifications to come in, as it completely mutes your phone. ‘Alarms Only’ also mutes your phone, however, anything you have set as an alarm will be heard. It also won’t mute sounds from games, media or videos. Finally, ’Priority’ will only interrupt you with a notifications if you’ve pre-selected those notifications as a high-priority. So, if you would like to receive notifications for text messages but not phone calls, you can set text messages as priority.

    Firstly, you need to find out where you can access this feature on your Android. What you’re going to do is pull down the notification bar, you’re going to see your wifi connection, your auto-rotate feature, etc. But what you want to do is pull down that notification bar twice and this is where you’ll be able to access the Do Not Disturb icon. When you see the Do Not Disturb icon, you’ll want to tap on it twice. This will take you to the basic settings window.

    Once you’re in the basic settings window, you’ll be able to customize your Do Not Disturb settings. You’ll want to tap on ‘more settings’. When you tap on more settings, the window will expand and you’ll want to click on ‘Automatic Rules’.

    Now you’re able to create rules for your Do Not Disturb feature. These rules can be time or event based, depending on what you prefer. Time-based is based on the time of day whereas event-based is established through your Google Calendar.

    To add an event-based rule, you’ll want to tap on ‘Add Rule’. Then you’ll have to name the rule and tap ‘Event Rule’. Then tap ‘ok’. Once this is done, in the next window, you’ll want to tap on ‘During Events’. Now, you’ll be given a drop-down menus where you’ll select your Google account that you want to have linked. Once you select the account you’d like, tap ‘Where Reply is’ and then tap ‘Yes’ in the drop-down menu. Then, tap on ‘Do Not Disturb’ and then tap ‘Total Silence’. Or, you can put the device also on “Priority Only” which will allow you to receive notifications if you’ve set them as a priority. Once this is completed, you’ve set your rule. This means, any event that you have on Google calendar where you’ve replied yes to attend, your device will automatically go on Do Not Disturb mode.

    Now, you can do the same thing for other events and you have a limitless amount of rules you can create. If you choose to create an event-based rule, you need to make sure your Google calendar is functioning and updated on your events. If you’re not using your Google Calendar on a regular basis, then we recommend you try a time-based event instead. This will allow you to set the time on the Do Not Disturb feature and it will automatically place your device on Do Not Disturb. Please remember, when you’re setting the rules, make sure you choose how you’d like to mute your phone, whether that be through total silence, alarms only or priority.

  • How to move from Android to iOS

    android-to-ios

    Many people think that transitioning from an Android to the iOS system is almost impossible or just annoying to try to do. But, it’s really not that difficult as you think it is. You can easily transfer all your contacts, photos, calendars and other personal information from your Android to your iPhone easily with Apple’s Move to iOS app. This is the first app that allows you to hook up your Android and Apple device together via Wi-Fi and transfer all your data in one sitting.16

    Though you should know that the Move to iOS app does transfer all your information and data, it doesn’t transfer your apps. So, you will have to re-download your apps once you move your information to your iPhone. In addition, you’ll only be able to transfer your data to an iPhone that runs iOS 9 or higher which includes iPhone SE and iPhone 6S.

    Now that you know everything this is to know about this app, it’s time we showed you how to use it properly so that you can easily and quickly transfer your data to your iPhone. Get your Android and iPhone out and ready, because we’re going to take you step-by-step on how to switch from your Android to iPhone/iPad.

    How to move your data from Android to iPhone or iPad

    Make sure you have both phones, Android and iPhone out and connected to Wi-Fi, this will make the process go quickly. On your iPhone, you’ll want to download the app “Move to iOS”. Once you have that set up on your iPhone, open the app. When you’re on the app, you’ll see a screen with the title “Apps & Data”. You’ll want to tap on “Move Data from Android”. Now, put your iPhone down and go to your Android. On your Android, go to the Google Play Store and search for “Move to iOS”. When you see the app, you’ll want to tap on it and click “install”. You’ll accept the permission request and tap “Open” after it’s installed.

    Now, you have both devices on the same page. Both devices will have the tab “continue” on the screen, you’re going to press “continue” on both devices. On your Android device, you’ll enter the 12-digit code that’ll be displayed on your iPhone/iPad. Once you enter the code, your Android will connect with your iPhone/iPad through the Wi-Fi connection. It’ll decide what information and data it’ll transfer to your iPhone/iPad.

    You’ll then be asked whether you want to transfer your Google Account information to your iPhone. In addition, it’ll transfer your Chrome bookmarks, texts, contacts, photos and videos that are on your phone. You have the option of selecting what you want to be transferred.

    Your Android will transfer the selected data to your iPhone and place everything in its proper place. Then, once finished, both devices will disconnect and your Android will take you to the Apple Store where they’ll show you where you can recycle your Android. Of course, you don’t have to recycle it, it’s completely up to you what you choose to do with your Android.

    Though everything is transferred to your iPhone, you’ll want to tap on “Continue Setting Up iPhone/iPad” where it’ll help you set up your Apple ID or allow you to log into your existing account. Once that’s complete, you’ll be able to log into any account you transferred from your Android to your iPhone. Once you do that, you’re done!

    Note: The transfer time truly depends on how much data and information you’ll be transferring. So, you can expect anywhere from a couple minutes to up to twenty minutes. If you’re having problems with the app, do contact or look up on Apple’s forums for further assistance. Though, we don’t think you’ll have a problem as this app is simple and straightforward.

    Now that you know what to do, download the app and start transferring your data. It’s never been easier to switch from Android to iOS as it is now – so, if you follow our instructions, everything will go smoothly. We promise.

  • How to backup your Android device

    Nowadays, our phones have become our own miniature computers. We store or photos, videos, files and passwords all on our handheld devices. But what happens to your data if you drop your phone into water or if your drop your phone on the ground? Your data’s all gone. But, if you backup your data, you won’t have to worry about losing your personal information. Here’s how to easily backup your Android's data.

    Google Backup When it comes to Google, you’ll be able to backup all your contacts and email information. You can sync your photos, calendar, Gmail, contacts, etc, all with Google’s servers. Now, you make this is complex, however, Google made it a two or three tap procedure. To backup your data you’ll want to go to Settings on your Android. Once there, tap Accounts and select Google. You’ll be taken to a page where you’ll be able to select all the data you’d like to backup. Once that’s done, you’ll have all your selected data in sync with your Google backup. Google also has the ability for you to backup your passwords and other device settings. In order to enable this feature, you’ll want to go back to settings. Then, click on Backup & reset. You’ll want to click on “Backup my data” and “Automatic restore”. This will make sure that important information such a passwords are backed onto Google’s server.

    Photo Backup You’ll want to backup your photos. Now there are an endless amount of apps to use to backup your photos which is also a big problem. With all these options, how do you know which app to use? Many people simply opt with Dropbox or Google Photos as it will your Gmail account and it’s highly reliable for data backup. You may have the Google photo app automatically on your phone, if not, you’ll want to go to your Google Play app and download Google photos. If you’d rather use Dropbox, you’ll have to 24download the app as well. When you download the app, you’ll connect it to your photo and it’ll automatically backup your photos. With Dropbox, you’ll be able to have the app on your computer as well, so if you want another copy of your data on your computer, you can just click and drag.

    Manual Backup If you’re not a fan of using a cloud service to hold your data, then you can manually copy and paste all your photos and videos from your Android to your computer. You’ll have to connect your phone to your computer via a micro-USB cable which should be included in your Android's package. When you connect your phone to your computer, it’s going to show up as an external hard drive. If you’re using a Mac, you’ll have to download the Android File Transfer Tool. Once you connected your phone to your computer, you’ll be able to click and drag anything photo or file you want onto a folder on your computer.

    Texts Backup

    Though many people aren’t using SMS as much as they used to, you may want to backup important text messages that you have on your phone, including your call log. For this, you can use an app such as “SMS Backup & Restore”. It’s very easy to use and can have your information backed within minutes. In addition, you have the choice to either store texts on a cloud or to have them saved directly to your Gmail or Dropbox. You’ll be able to backup your texts manually, bi-weekly, or customize it.

    Backing your data is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that all your information is kept safe. Since we use our phones for almost everything, if you lose all your data on your phone, you’ll have to start from scratch. Backing your data can easily be done and you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing that your information is being stored and secured off your phone. Whichever way you choose to backup your phone, whether it be manually, or through Dropbox or Google, it’s a smart choice. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Android O Rumors

    The technological world is buzzing with the new release of the Android O which is just around the corner. Yet, there’s been no news about its release, keeping the Android O a mystery to the Android community. Now, Android's SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer has commented here and there about the name, however, he hasn’t leaked out any information on what we can expect.

    However, just because he hasn’t said anything, doesn’t mean the rumor mill hasn’t been speculating the features of the Android O. From what people are saying, there’s going to be an update on notification, camera mode and more. So, let’s get to it and show you what people are speculating will be featured in the Android O.

    App icon badges This update was one in the waiting. The iPhone has had this for years, so it’s about time Android jumped on the bandwagon. Rumor is, the app icons in Android O will have badges for active notifications. Through these badges, you’ll be able to quickly look at your active notifications without having to open the app. So, this will appear directly on your home screen which users are going to love.

    Picture-in-picture mode Now, the details on this are slightly murky, however, from the title, it’s somewhat straightforward. The picture-in-picture mode is going to resemble that of Android TV. The picture-in-picture mode from Google was a part of Android TV. Since it’s already on Andriod TV, it only makes sense to offer this on other Android devices such as tablets and smartphones. We’re crossing our fingers for this one!

    Adaptive icons Think of adaptive icons like Google Pixel. This feature is still quite vague on what it really means, however, it’s most likely connected to dynamically changing icons which will probably be used with the Google Now Launcher, if it’s included in the Android O smartphone.

    Smart text selection floating toolbar The smart text selection floating toolbar is rumored to come with Assistant integration. This feature is rumored to be called “Copy Less” which automatically copies the information you need from apps when needed - so it’s probably going to be a smart text floating toolbar. It’ll come with recognition of texts such addresses and finger gestures. But, this is still a rumor that has yet to be confirmed.

    Improvement to MediaRecorder API MediaRecorder API works in permitting apps to take video and audio clips, saving this data to persistent storage. Rumor has it, that Android O is going to be improving on this feature. In addition, Google is focusing on working with improving audio latency, so we’ll probably see this in the Android O.

    New notifications Now, there is no solid information on what the notifications will look like in the Android O. However, there’s news that the notification system, but in the past, there were rumors about Andromeda and Android 8.0 merging, so this could be it. Or it could simply mean that Google is updating the graphics of the notifications. Though we know what Google is capable of doing, so they may be syncing your notifications to your Google account, making all your accounts in sync on any device.

    Restricted background activities Google has recently come out with Chrome 57 with one of its best features being power saving of background tabs. This means that Google is going to be restricting the activity of background apps in the Android O. So, your battery is going to last much longer than it already is right now, which you’re probably happy about. Plus, who needs background apps to be working when you’re not using them anyways? Just a waste of battery. It’s nice to be given some control over phone and not let apps run things.

    Sadly, there isn’t as much information leaking out as we would like. On one side, this builds up the excitement for when it’s released, however, for the time being, we’re all sitting here wondering what they’ve come up with! As it gets closer to being released, more information about the updated features will leak out to the community. So, stay tuned as we try to find out more information about the Android O.

  • What to Do When Your Phone Fell in the Water

    Phone-in-water

    It’s happened to the best of us: you’re just getting done using the toilet when whoops — your very expensive smartphone just fell inside the bowl. Or, maybe still, you’ve been having a drink with your mates when all of a sudden you’ve spilled a whole pint of beer on your device. Whatever the case, when liquid gets in your phone’s most sensitive electronics there’s not a whole lot you can do. Still, there are some steps you can take that might get your phone to work like new.

    Don't Fret

    Just because it’s in water doesn’t mean your phone is a lost cause. Acting quickly can actually prevent your phone from any water damage. Though, please note, if your phone is connected to a wall charger, do not take it out of the water. If you remove it from the water, you may get electrocuted! However, if it’s not connected to a wall charger, then you’re free to remove it as quickly as you can.

    Start by Removing the Phone from the Water as Quick as You Can

    This might seem like a no-brainer but you really don’t want your phone to be sitting in a liquid for hours on end. Even if you think your device is protected by a case or plastic cover, it’s not. Not really, anyways. Water has a way of finding itself into your phone’s insides via your headphone jack or charging port. What’s more, keeping the phone on can actually cause more damage to your phone! So, removing your phone from whatever liquid its in and turning it off immediately would be the best course of action.

    Place Your Phone on a Paper Towel or Soft Cloth to Remove the Battery (Android only)

    This is one of the most important steps that you need to follow as doing this can actually save your phone from lasting damage. By removing the battery, you’re preventing water from enter into your device’s power source and thus eliminating the risk of a short circuit. To check if your phone has water damage, take a close look at one of the corners where your battery sits. There’s should be a white square or circle. If the square or circle is white, then there’s no damage. However, if it has pink or red lines, you have water damage.

    Remove the SIM Card, If You Have One

    If your phone has a SIM card then you’ll want to remove it as well. For many devices, the SIM stores all kinda of important information, so removing this from your phone can save yourself all sorts of headaches down the road. SIM cards can survive water damage, but you’ll want to remove it immediately in order to maximize your chances of it being undamaged. Dry it off gently and leave it somewhere safe in the open air.

    Remove Other Accessories

    If you have headphones plugged in, a phone case, or whatever then you’ll want to remove them as well as they’ll only serve to get in the way. You’ll want to leave all the slots and gaps of your phone exposed to the open air. This will allow for air drying.

    Remove as Much Water as Possible

    Your going to want to remove as much water as you possibly can. One drop of water can destroy a circuit which is what you don’t want. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe down the surface of your phone. Try not to move the phone around too much in case there’s water inside. If you removed the battery quickly after the incident, try dabbing the inside of your phone with rubbing alcohol.

    After that, use a vacuum cleaner to suck out any excess liquid that’s in your phone. You’ll want to do this for about 20 minutes. It’s the most effective to remove liquid from your phone. But whatever you do, do not use a hairdryer.

    Use Rice

    Leave your phone is a bowl of rice overnight. You can also use desiccants which can absorb water better than rice. Rotate your phone every couple hours until you go to bed. After that, lay your phone down on a towel to allow water to evacuate your phone.

    For best results, try leaving it in the bowl for at least a week.

    Test Your Phone

    After doing all these steps, try trying on your phone. Does it work? Perfect! If nothing is happening, try plugging it into your charger. If nothing happens after that, then you’ll have to go get your phone looked at by a professional.

    Luckily for you, MySCREEN has three convenient locations in Queensland. Just drop us a line and we'll work out the most convenient way for you to have your phone repaired.

  • GIPHY Android Review

    GIPHY Android Review

    GIFs have certainly changed the way we look at images on the internet. After all, why look at a boring old still picture when you can have a movie clip shown to you without having to turn the sound down on your computer? (We’ve all had that thing happen to us where the video is playing while we forgot to mute our computers, causing everyone to look at us afterwards. So awkward.) Well, luckily, GIFs are more accessible on our mobile devices than ever thanks to apps such as GIPHY. Wait a second, this is an app for GIFs and they misspell the world GIF? That’s a little odd, isn’t it? Am I overanalyzing this? You’ll have to read the review and find out. Let’s take a look at GIPHY for Android devices.

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    What Is GIPHY?

    GIPHY is an app to find any kind of GIF. And I know what you’re thinking, “who does this app reviewer think they are, making such a bold claim as that?” Well, first of all, I appreciate you asking so kindly. And secondly, there is seriously a ton of different GIFs available on this app. Allow me to explain.

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    How Is The App?

    What’s interesting about GIPHY isn’t so much the number of GIFs available. OK, it is, but allow me to make my point. GIPHY offers tons of different categories of GIFs, from those reflecting different emotions and actions to even those specifically from movies and TV shows. And they’re all very easy to share on everything from your basic messenger to Facebook messaging. Needless to say, they made sending a GIF of Batman eating a cookie pretty simple.

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    The Bottom Line

    If you’re looking for a fun way to express something outside of your basic emojis, GIPHY is the way to do it. Want to wish your grandmother a happy birthday? Use GIPHY! Want to tell somebody you’re mad? Use GIPHY! Want to just send someone a picture of Spongebob Squarepants dancing? Use GIPHY! OK, I’ll stop. This is starting to sound like some kind of GIPHY commercial...

  • Spreaker Android Review

    Spreaker Android Review

    I’ve made it no secret that I’m a big fan of podcasts. It’s always so nice to go for a long walk while listening to the sound of other people talking. I mean, it’s definitely better than thinking, right? Thankfully, in the smartphone age, there are tons of options when it comes to ways to listen to podcasts. Between iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher, taking your internet talk shows with you has never been easier. But does the Spreaker app bring enough to the table to compete with the best of the best in podcast apps? Well, I wrote an article discussing just that. What a coincidence! Let’s take a look at Spreaker for Android devices.

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    What Is Spreaker?

    As I (pretty much) explained in the intro, Spreaker is an app made primarily for listening to podcasts. However, I’ve reviewed podcast apps in the past and they’ve done very little to differentiate themselves from the rest of the crowd. Most of them just seemed like weaker versions of the more popular podcasting apps already available. However, Spreaker does offer some interesting twist on the tried and true podcast formula. Allow me to explain..

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    How Is The App?

    Spreaker actually exceeded my expectations quite a bit. Unlike many apps that are simply watered-down versions of basic podcast systems, the app offers quite a few unique options. A perfect example of this is the ability to listen to live broadcasts, effectively blurring the lines between podcasting and radio. Additionally, the app offers much more detailed category system, going far beyond the basics of “Entertainment” and “Sports”. Considering there are so many different subgenres of podcasts out there, I’d say that’s a good thing.

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    The Bottom Line

    Spreaker is definitely an app I would recommend for not only listening to podcasts, but discovering new ones. With some wonderful features such as live broadcasting and downloading for offline listening, I’d say the app is definitely worth a download. It is free after all.

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