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  • How to easily share access to your Wi-Fi network without revealing the password

    IOSWifiShare

     

    When it comes to sharing a wifi network, it can be a huge hassle. However, one of the most overlooked features of the iOS 11 is the sharing of wifi passwords. But, now with iOS 11, you’ll be able to share your wifi network with a friend by simply sending the network password to their device without having to actually reveal your wireless information. Prior to this update, sharing your wifi password on an iOS device was highly insecure. Before this, you would have to give your wifi password out to the person, type it into their device or look on the back of your router for it. But now, that doesn’t have to happen ever again.

     

    Now, if you have a decent router such as Apple’s AirPort, you’ll be able to create a limited guest network with its own password which will be walled off from the primary network. Below, we’re going to show you how to share your wifi password with anyone securely.

     

    How to share your wifi password safely on iOS 11

     

    If you’re interested in finding out how to share your wifi password safely, then here’s how to do it. Though, there are a couple prerequisites that you’ll need to have. Firstly, you’ll need to make sure that your iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra is connected to your local wifi. Secondly, you’ll need to make sure that all devices are on iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra systems or later. Thirdly, if you have a MAC address filtering enabled on your network, this won’t work.

     

    1. Make sure that your device is unlocked and connection to your wifi network.

    2. Make sure the device you want to send the wifi password to has the option to connect to your network. To do this, go to your home screen and tap on Settings → Wifi  on their device. Your wifi network should be visible.

    3. Tap on your network name.

    4. The window will pop up to enter the password into the secure wifi network. Now, on your device, a wifi window will pop up which will ask you if you’d like to send the wifi password to their device. This will only pop up if the other device is trying to connect to your primary wifi network.

    5. On your device, tap send password - this will allow you to share access to your wifi network. If you want to cancel this, press the ‘x’ on the top-right hand corner.

    6. If you approve to share the password, your encrypted wifi password will be sent to the other device, connecting them automatically to your wifi network.

    7. Tap done to dismiss the popup window.

     

    From here on, the other person will have full access to your wifi network. With this, they’ll also be able to approve wifi requests from their device as well. You can also do this with other devices such as laptops. You would follow the same instructions above on your laptop.

     

    Is it secure?

     

    You may be wondering if this feature is secure since you’re sending wifi passwords over air. Well, it is secure because the wifi passwords are encrypted. In addition, though your password is saved into the other device, it does not allow that person to view the password. With this being said, since your password is encrypted and not viewable on other devices, yes, it’s safe. Though for extra security, ensure that your wifi network is using WPA2 protection and a high-entropy password, this will ensure that your wifi network stays safe from unwanted people and devices.

     

    Now that you know how to send wifi passwords to people around you, it’s time you started using this method. Save yourself time from having to type it in yourself or spreading the password out to everyone that comes by. Instead, control their access by sharing the password straight from your device to theirs.

  • Send any web content directly to your email with EmailThis Premium

    EmailPremium

     

    The second we access the internet, we’re already flooded with information overload coming to us from every angle. We’re expected to give our attention to all these websites offering different things. Of course, some of those websites interest us but with the limited amount of time we have in a day to go through all of them, it’s nearly impossible. So, what do we do? Instead, we bookmark them, hoping that we’ll get a chance to check out that website later. However, this can cause a problem as some webpages load differently depending on the device you’re reading it from. But waiting until you get home to look at a website from your computer isn’t convenient. This is when EmailThis comes in. EmailThis is designed to help you eliminate this problem and allow you to check out webpages from whatever device you’re using a the moment.

     

    What is EmailThis?

     

    EmailThis is a great way to create an easier and more efficient method to reading web pages and articles which interest you. Instead of going through the hassle of dealing with different devices and whether or not the webpage is mobile-friendly, EmailThis completely wipes out this problem. What EmailThis does is saves and sends articles and web pages from platform or browser.

     

    So, if you find a web page or article that interests you and you want to read it later on, EmailThis will save your web page or article and send it directly to your email in PDF, DOCX, PPT or Excel form. That way, you’re able to read the content you saved without having to worry about formatting or conversion issues. Not only does this save you time but it saves you unnecessary stress and annoyance. You’ll be able to save an unlimited amount of bookmarks and download files automatically for safe keeping. It’s a clever program which allows you to read what you want when you want.

     

    Features of EmailThis

     

    It’s a lot to read and process, so we’re going to keep it simple. Here are the features that you’ll be receiving through EmailThis:

     

    • Have an unlimited number of bookmarks

    • Access your bookmarks on any device or browser

    • Web Pages and articles are saved and sent directly to your email

    • Save web pages and articles as PDF, DOCXs, PPTs, Excel files and images as email attachments

    • Download files automatically

    • Have files sent as emails for easy referral

    • Lifetime subscription

     

    How do you get EmailThis?

     

    EmailThis’s services give you the freedom and hassle-free chance to read article and web pages without having to worry about conversion or formatting on any device. You’ll be able to read articles or web pages on your computer, mobile device or tablet without any worry. EmailThis offers users with a lifetime premium subscription which is currently on sale for $29.99. This means, for just $29.99, you’ll be able to use this service literally for the rest of your life without having to pay a dollar more. If you’re interested, the sale is over 80% in savings and is a limited time offer which you shouldn’t miss out on.

     

    Whether you want to read an article now or later, you have the right to choose. EmailThis gives you the power to control what information you’re reading and when you read it. Instead of having thousands of bookmarks on your browser, waiting for the day you’ll be able to read it on a properly formatted screen, EmailThis eliminates this issue by saving and sending the articles to your email as PDF, PPT, DOCXs, Images, or Excel files. That way, you have immediate access to the articles. So whether you’re on the train or bus home, stuck in traffic or sitting in bed, you’ll be able to read the articles you saved that day without having to make time, instead, you choose when.

  • You'll finally be able to control your AM/FM radio through CarPlay thanks to Gracenote

    CarPlay

     

    If you regularly use CarPlay then you must also love the fact that you can switch between your iPhone’s music streaming apps to AM/FM radio whenever you want. However, the annoying part with CarPlay is that you have to exit CarPlay and use the radio interface that your car manufacturer has provided you. That is, until now. You see, you don’t need to switch between the CarPlay interface and your vehicles radio interface. Through the Gracenote app, which is a music-tagging database that allows you to control your AM/FM radio with CarPlay’s interface.

     

    What is Gracenote?

     

    Gracenote is an app which analyzes the driver’s musical tastes and habits, matching them to satellite radio and local radio. Regardless of where you’re going, whichever city you’re in, Gracenote will select radio stations which suit the driver. By identifying the type of music the driver’s type of music through scanning the driver’s personal collection. By mapping it with local FM/AM channels, satellite and digital radio stations, the driver gets a customized music selection wherever you go. This includes formats such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Classical, Rock and Pop. It also allows for CD and file recognition, allowing drivers the opportunity to access digital music files stored on laptops, smart phones and on Cloud. They keep files organized by track name, album name and folder paths to make sure the songs are properly displayed.

     

    This form of music recognition allows drivers to unlock their most favorite albums and tracks, allowing them to discover new music while also being able to play favorites. MusicID such as Gracenote allows people to listen to music without copyright issues and listen to music which is new to them.

     

    CarPlay with Gracenote

     

    CarPlay allows drivers to safely use their iPhone while driving. You’re able to access your iPhone without having to touch your phone. You’re able to get directions, send and receive sms messages, make phone calls and listen to music with the assistance of Siri voice control. As a driver, all you have to do is connect your iPhone to your car and you’re all set. Though CarPlay creates a safe environment for you to drive and use your phone, there are still some features which needed some working out. With CarPlay, a feature that showed to be slightly annoying to use was the music interface. Yes, you’re able to listen to songs from your iPhone via CarPlay, however, the trouble came when it was time to switch from your playlist to FM/AM radio. Every time you want to listen to FM/AM radio instead of your iPhone’s playlist, you need to exit CarPlay and use your car’s radio interface instead.

     

    However, now, CarPlay’s richly designed interface now allows you to control your FM/AM radio on their interface instead. With this change, you’re able to listen to local radio stations and choose one based on your location or genre - combining streaming and broadcast all from one app.

     

    Sounds pretty great, right? It is an amazing feature and took a lot of work to try to make it happen. Though it sounds amazing, there is one downside to it. In order for this to be materialized, Gracenote is pushing its tech to their partners, one of them being automakers. Thus, for this to be implemented and their updated system put into effect, it’s up to their partners to make it happen. In the end, though this solution is an amazing one, it’s all in the hands of the automakers and their willingness to update the CarPlay system with Gracenote. We’re hoping to see this solution implemented into the CarPlay interface in the new future.

  • Fix: how to remove a stuck music player widget from your iPhone lock screen

    Widget

     

    If you listen to music on your iPhone or iPad then you’re fully aware that iOS pops up a widget display on your Lock screen, allowing you to control your music app even though your screen is locked. You’re able to play, skip, pause and stop music - basic commands - from your widget. If you’ve stopped playing music, the widget will then disappear from your locked screen after a couple minutes, however, there are some moments when you stopped listening to music but your widget is still on your locked screen.

     

    Now, if your music widget is stuck on your iPhone or iPad’s locked screen, you want to be able to fix this in order to have proper control over your locked screen. Though, before we tell you the ways to fix this, you first need to know that there are no ways to remove the music widget from your iPhone entirely, all you can do is get the widget unstuck from your screen. Let’s show you how.

     

    Stop the music

     

    Before you try the other options out, make sure that you actually stopped playing the music. Yes, this seems like an obvious solution but this is highly common. To make sure that your music widget is indeed stuck, double check that the music has stopped playing. If so, wait a couple minutes, as it takes a couple minutes for it to go away. If it’s still there after a couple minutes, try these other options.

     

    Force-quit the music app

     

    This is also a highly likely situation - your app is causing the widget to freeze on your locked screen. Whether you’re using Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora, you want to force-quit the app. If you’re using an iPhone X, you’ll need to swipe-up from the bottom of the display screen and pause it to show the app switcher. Select the app you want to force-quit, tap and hold your finger on it. A red minus icon will appear - tap on it.

     

    If you’re using older Apple devices, you’ll want to double-press the home button and then find the app you want to force-quit, swiping up on it. Once you force-quit the app, check your locked screen and see if the widget is gone.

     

    Reboot your device

     

    If you’re still having problems, reboot your device completely. It could just be a temporary hiccup that your device has and the easiest thing to do in order to see is to reboot it. To reboot your device, you’ll want to shut down your iPhone or iPad and then turn it back on. In most cases, this will do the trick. But if not, continue reading.

     

    Delete the app that you think is causing this

     

    If you think that the app is causing the problem, then try to delete it. Don’t worry, just because you delete the app doesn’t mean you’ll lose all your data. Plus, if it’s a paid app, you won’t have to pay to redownload it - you’ve already paid, so you’re able to access it for free.

     

    Delete the app and then reboot your device. Once you’ve done that, check to see if the widget is gone.

     

    Check your Bluetooth

     

    Sometimes it’s actually Bluetooth that can be causing all the problems. Go to your home screen and go to settings → Bluetooth and tap on the “i” icon. Then, you’ll want to tap on forget this device. Go to your car, open settings and then delete/unpair your device from your car. Make sure you reboot your device. Then, check your locked screen, hopefully, this worked.

     

    If nothing has worked and you’re still wondering why your music widget is on your locked screen, try to update your iOS system to the latest update. If that also doesn’t work, then the last thing you’ll want to try is to restore your device completely. In order to do this go to settings → General → Reset → Reset All Content & Settings. But do leave this option as a last resort as it’s the most drastic.

  • How to Change Fonts on Android

    FontInstaller

     

    When it comes to Android phones, the default font on your device is something that you usually don’t think of. Or, if you do, you don’t think that there’s an option to change it. If you’re an Android user that wants a different font, maybe something easier on the eyes or a font with more pizazz, you’ll be in luck as you can actually tinker around with your phone/tablet’s fonts in order to choose the one that you like the most.

     

    You see, the great part about owning an Android device is that they make your phone customizable for you and your preferences. In this case, it also allows you to change fonts - though, it may not be as easy as it sounds, but nevertheless, it is possible. You don’t need to be a phone expert in order to change the fonts on your Android, though, you will need to go through a couple steps in order to make it happen. We’re going to show you how to change fonts on Android. There are two methods: one that requires rooting and one that doesn’t.

     

    Apps That Require Rooting

     

    For rooted phones, there are many apps that’ll allow you to change your fonts. Our favorite is Font In2staller

     

    Font In2staller

     

    Is a great app which provides you with a built-in font preview feature, so you can see what the font will look like on your phone before you apply it.

     

    1. Copy the TTF font file to your device, preferably into the /sdcard

    2. Launch Font Installer.

    3. Tap on the “Local” tab to open the directory explorer. Locate your TTF file.

    4. Tap on the TTF file you wish to use. From the popup dialog, tap “Install” to set it as a default system font.

    5. If using Superuser or SuperSU, grant it permission.

    6. Font Installer will your device, tap on yes.

     

    To install a new font from Font Installer’s online collection, follow these instructions:

    1. Open the “Server” tab in Font Installer to see the catalogue of fonts.

    2. Tap on the name of the font you’d like.

    3. From the popup dialog, tap on “Preview” to see a sample text or tap on “Install” to download the font.

    4. If a backup notice appears, allow the app to backup your font files.

    5. Then, allow the app to reboot your device.

     

    No Rooting Required

     

    There are plenty of manufacturers that have developed Androids which allow you to change your font without having to go through a complex process in order to do so. The companies that have this built-in feature are Samsung, LG and HTC.

     

    The method of changing the fonts will vary from phone to phone, however, you’ll be able to access this option in settings, typically under the Display section. Once you’re in there, you’ll be able to access the font and font size.

     

    In order to change the font, it takes only a couple seconds. Go to Settings → Display → Font Style. Then, tap on the font you’d like and confirm it. Your font will be instantly replaced and you won’t need to reboot your phone. Your selected font will be displayed throughout your entire device, including menus, text messages and status bar.

     

    Launcher

     

    You can always use a launcher if your device doesn’t have the option of changing your font.  We recommend using Go Launcher as it provides an option for you to change fonts.

     

    1. Copy your TTF font files to the device.

    2. Open Go Launcher.

    3. Find the “Tools” app and open it.

    4. Tap on “Preferences”

    5. Scroll down and select “Personalization”.

    6. Tap on “Font”.

    7. Tap on “Select Font” and choose the font you’d like to use.

     

    iFont

    iFont is another app that can be used to change fonts on Android. This app supports Samsung, Huawei and Xiamoi Meizu devices. To change the font, follow these instructions:

     

    1. Enable installation of app from “Unknown Sources”. This is usually found in Settings → Security.
    2. Launch iFont.
    3. Go to the “Online” tab.
    4. Tap on a font name you want to install.
    5. Tap “Download”.
    6. Tap “Set.” Or go to Settings → Display → Font Style. Your new font should appear on the list.
    7. Tap on the new font. Your font should then be immediately applied.
  • This Magnetic Cable Brings MagSafe Back to Your MacBook

    Magsafe

     

    So many of us hate having to use our computers when they’re charging. Usually, having a power cord dangling around is a recipe for disaster. Very frequently people are tripping over their power cords, pets are chewing them and laptops go crashing to the ground. But this doesn’t mean that you have to completely ditch the idea of using a laptop or wait around until it’s fully charged. Instead, you just need to update yourself with the latest technology which is designed to make your life not only easily but accident-free. Because when your electrical devices are dropped or stepped on, well, these accidents can become pricey. So, what are you going to do about your power cord then? Get yourself a new one. But not just any power cord. Get yourself the MagSafe Breakaway cable for your MacBook.

     

    If you have an Apple computer, then you’re well aware of how annoying the charging cable can be. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to stick around and use the factory power cable that they provide you. If you haven’t heard, there’s a new power cable that came out and is technologically more advanced than the stock cable Apple provides you. Hopefully, you’re aware of MagSafe, but if not, don’t worry, we’re going to tell you all about it. The MagSafe breakaway cable is a huge game changer in the industry as it’s simple design changes the way you think about charging your device.

     

    The MagSafe is a magnetic breakaway power cable for Apple laptops which removed the bulky and hassle-prone power cable which people had a tendency to trip over or their pets chew. What was the result? Laptops which were already expensive becoming even more expensive through replacements such as the power cord. This is when Atech decided to come out with their USB-C Magnetic Breakaway Charging Cable which offers the same level of protection for USB-C powered devices.

     

    What does this cable do for the industry? Well, we’re going to tell you. The breakaway cable ensures that you’ll never have to worry about mishandling your power cord or making sure you packed it with you in your laptop bag. The Magnetic breakaway cable allows the users to gently disconnect the cable from the device as it breaks away from its hub whenever you step on it. Usually, if you step on your power cord, the entire computer comes crashing down with it, causing major damages depending on the severity of the fall. But with its gentle breakaway feature, you won’t have to worry about your laptop falling down or the power cord being damaged. Instead, if you accidentally step on the power cord, it’ll be fine and you’ll be able to continue on with your day.

     

    It’s important to know the main features of the MagSafe breakaway cable. As once you switch to it, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy. It’s compatible with any USB-C device and contains these features in the MagSafe cable:

    • Gently breaks away from its hub if stepped on

    • Charges your devices faster than standard cables

    • Cable is 6” and compatible with any USB-C charging device

    • Snaps into place quickly and easily

    • Protects devices from accidental drops

    • Replaces hazardous USB cables

    • Offers same level protections for USB-C powered devices

    • Ideal for office, home, or travel use.

     

    Now that you know about the MagSafe breakaway cable, what are you still doing? If you’re clumsy by nature, have pets or are generally worried about your power cable, then you need to switch to the MagSafe breakaway cable. The MagSafe breakaway cable is basically an insurance policy for your laptop. It’s usable on any USB-C powered devices and it’s currently on sale for just $24.99. So, don’t miss out on this deal, get your MagSafe power cord today!

  • How to Transfer Cellular & Facetime Audio Calls Between iPhone and Apple Watch

    iPhoneAppleWatch

     

    When Apple came released iOS 11.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, Apple users finally were able to transfer cellular phone calls between their apple products, including their iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you’re an Apple user, you probably didn’t know though that you could switch an in-progress call between your iPhone and Apple Watch. If you think this is just for regular cellular phone calls, it’s not. This also includes FaceTime audio ones as well.

     

    WatchOS from the beginning has supported the transfer from Apple Watch to iPhone, however, with the changes made in watchOS 4.2, it now supports sending calls in the other direction. We’re going to show you how to switch and transfer calls from your Apple Watch to iPhone and vice versa.

     

    How to Switch Calls Between iPhone & Apple Watch

     

    In order to switch calls between iPhone and Apple Watch, you’re going to need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11.2 or later as well as an Apple Watch with watchOS 4.2 or later. In addition, you’re also going to need to have your Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff turned on both device. In order to do this, follow these steps:

     

    • Go to SettingsGeneral Handoff (on your iPhone) → turn Handoff

    • Then, launch your watch app on your iPhone, tap on General and turn on Enable Handoff.

     

    Now that it’s set-up, you’ll be able to hand off calls from your iPhone to your Apple Watch. Here’s how to do it.

     

    How to Transfers Calls From Apple Watch to iPhone

     

    If you’re wanting to transfer your call from your watch to your iPhone, you’ll need to follow these instructions. These instructions will show you how to easily transfer an incoming call or FaceTime audio call that’s picked up from your watch to your iPhone.

     

    1. Answer your incoming cellular call or FaceTime Audio call on your Apple Watch.

    2. On your iPhone, you’re going to look at your screen and hit the green bar that’ll show on the upper left-hand side of your iPhone. If your iPhone is older than an iPhone X, your green bar will run along the top of the display.

    3. Tap on the green bar. This will automatically turn on the phone app on the handset and transfer your in-progress call from your watch to your hand in one swift and seamless move. The person you’re talking to won’t even notice.

     

    How to Transfer Calls From iPhone to Apple Watch

     

    Now, you’ll want to follow these instructions if you’re answering an incoming cellular call of FaceTime Audio on your iOS device and you’d like to transfer the call to your Apple Watch.

     

    1. Answer your incoming cellular call or FaceTime audio on your iPhone.

    2. Then, on your Apple Watch, open the Phone

    3. On your Apple Watch, tap the green bar. It’ll have an in-progress call indicator on the top, above the favorite button.

    4. Then, swipe up or turn on the Digital Crown which will show a hidden button.

    5. Tap the button which is labelled Apple Watch.

     

    It’s not as quick as when you’re transferring from your Apple Watch to iPhone, so expect a couple seconds delay. If you want to switch your call from your watch back to your iPhone, simply hit the green status bar on your iPhone.

     

    If you’d like to mute the cellular call or FaceTime audio that’s happening on your wrist, there’s no toggle on your watch for that. Instead, you’ll need to access your iPhone to perform this task.

     

    Now that you know how to transfer cellular calls and FaceTime audios from Apple watch to your iPhone and vice versa, you’ll be able to make smooth transfers back and forth while you’re in mid-conversation.

  • Turn Any Headphone Wireless with This Bluetooth Receiver

    Wireless

     

    Now that wireless headphone came out, we all know that they’re here to stay. For some of us, we love the new technology and are adjusting well, but for others, we like our old headphones with the wired cord. What can we say? There’s no right or wrong way, it’s just personal preference. Well, now, you can still stay up-to-date with technology but stick with your wired pair of earphones. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver is a small, but important receiver which turns any pair of wired headphone into a wireless pair. Meaning, you can still keep your favorite pair of headphones without having to buy new, wireless ones.

     

    This is the world’s smallest, yes, smallest Bluetooth receiver. If you’re a minimalist and enjoy having the least amount of wires and gadgets, then this is perfect for you. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver connects directly to your headphones and receives a wireless signal from any nearby Bluetooth device. What does this mean? It means you’ll be able to keep your phone in your pocket while you enjoy wireless HD audio from any source. Plus, you’ll be able to control the volume and track changes right from the receiver.

     

    So many times, we get become annoyed by taking our phone in and out of our pockets, also subjecting them to being dropped and damaged. In addition, the more time you spend looking at your phone, the less amount of time you have to look around you. So, by keeping your phone in your pocket, you’re keeping yourself safe as well. But it’s hard as you want to be able to listen to your music at the same time. This is why the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver is an essential for your phone, especially if you’re frequently listening to music from it.

     

    In addition, wireless headphones can become quite pricey and if you don’t have the budget for them, you shouldn’t have to miss out on the opportunity of trying this new technology out. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver is a cost-effective and budget-friendly add-on that’ll work with any pair of headphones. Our phones are already so expensive, this doesn’t mean that the accessories have to cost just as much. And as technology is changing on a daily basis, who knows how long wireless headphones are going to be here for until they create the next best thing.

     

    So, this is where the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver comes in as it’s the best way to keep your wired headphones and save yourself an extra couple of dollars. As we said earlier, the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver works to create any pair of wired headphones wireless through its Bluetooth receiver. But that’s not all, it’s also comes with these features as well:

    • Control the volume and music playback on the receiver

    • Secure the receiver on the go with the built-in shirt clip

    • Have high-definition wireless audio from your existing pair of headphones

    • Charge through a 3.5mm port to keep a slim profile

    • Convert your wired earphone and headphone into wireless ones via Bluetooth connections

     

    If you’re in love with your headphones and can’t seem to give them up, don’t worry, you can still use them. Instead, get yourself the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver and you’ll be able to use any headphone just as if it was wireless. So many times we sacrifice our favorite things for convenience, but you don’t have to do that. Technology should work for us, not the other way around. So, get the best of both worlds with the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver. It’s currently on sale for 60% off at just $19.99. Don’t wait for the sale to end, try them out today!

  • How to Block a Phone Number on Your Android Phone

    Block

     

    Though phones allow us the ability to keep in contact with friends, family and work, not all the people who contact you are ones you want to be in contact with. Instances of spammers, telemarketers and other unwanted callers, answering their calls in a nuisance and extremely annoying. So, is there a way to prevent these numbers from phoning you? Yes! We’re going to show you how to block a phone number on your Android phone so you won’t have to deal with unwanted calls ever again.

     

    Most Android phones have a different way to block a number depending on the manufacturer. When Androids were being developed, there wasn’t a generalized way to block a number, thus, they created their own ways on their Androids. On all Androids it is possible to block a number, however, the method to do this varies from phone to phone. Here are some of the ways to block a phone number on the most popular Android devices.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on Stock Android Devices

     

    If you’re looking how to block a phone number on Androids such as Google Pixel and Nexus 6P, there are two ways to do so.

     

    1. The first way to block a phone number is to open your phone app and go to the areas containing your recent calls. Then, long press down on the number you’d like to block. A menu will pop up and you’ll want to select “Block number”.

    2. The second method is where you’re going to access your Phone app and tap on the 3-dot menu icon which will be displayed in the top-right hand corner of the screen. Select “settings” and then tap “Call blocking”. This will add the number to the list of blocked numbers.

     

    Block Phone Number Through Carriers

     

    Some carriers offer services that’ll allow you to block the number on a service level. In the United States, the carriers that offer these services are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. You’ll have to contact your carrier and ask them if they provide this service.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on Samsung Devices

     

    Many Android users have Samsung phone as they’re the largest Android manufacturer in the world. So, if you’re trying to block a number on Samsung, this is how you do it.

     

    1. Open the Phone app.

    2. Choose the number that you’d like to block and then tap “More” (this is located on the top-right hand corner).

    3. Select “Add to Auto-Reject List”.

    4. To either remove a number or edit the list, go to Settings → Call Settings → All Call → Auto-Reject.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on LG Devices

     

    If you’re an LG owner, then you’ll want to follow these instructions in order to successfully block a phone number. Though it’s similar to the methods we’ve shown you on other phones, there are some differences.

     

    1. Open the Phone app.

    2. Tap on the 3-dot icon which is located on the top-right hand corner.

    3. Select “Call Settings”.

    4. Select “Reject Calls”.

    5. Tap the ‘+’ button and then add the number you’d like blocked.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on HTC Devices

     

    For HTC users, follow these instructions in order to block a phone number.

     

    1. Open the Phone app.

    2. Press down and hold the phone number you’d like to block.

    3. Select “Block Contact”.

    4. Select “OK”.

     

    Third-Party Apps

     

    If your Android doesn’t have a built-in calling blocking feature then you can also use third-party apps that’ll do the job for you.

     

    • Number: this is a free Android app which allows you to block unwanted calls and texts on your phone. Mr. Number also has a Remote Lookup feature which allows you to find out information about the caller (feature offered in the U.S. only).

    • The Blocklist: the Blocklist is a simple app which has three options on it: Hang Up Voicemail and Exceptions. When a number is added to the Hang Up option, when the number calls your phone, it’ll automatically hang up on them. If callers are placed on the Voicemail option, their call will go directly to voicemail.

    • Call Blocker: this is another free app which allows you to block incoming calls and texts to your phone. It also includes a Private Space feature which stores private SMS messages and call logs.

  • The Biggest Early Visual Changes in Android P

    Android P changes

     

    With the first developer preview of the Android P finally released, everyone is now having their first sneak peek at what Google has been working on over the past months and what it’s bringing to the table. Though you should know that this is an early version of the software, so it’s likely to have multiple changes occur to it prior to its final release. But even with the first preview, we’re able to see that Google is making some outstanding changes to the Android P.

     

    The next developer preview of Android P is expected to be released around May, so, we’ll be able to see more finalized decisions and changes made to the Android P software, however, until then, let's take a look at what the first developer preview is offering users.

     

    Notch-Friendly Notifications

    The clock on the Android P has moved from the far right-hand side of the screen now to the far left-hand side of the screen of the top status bar. The new OS is designed to aid with notches that may cut into the top display area, putting notifications right next to the time. The display screen will show you up to four different app icon notifications and after four, it’ll have the rest of the notifications accessible to you when you slide down the notification tray.

     

    Straightforward Quick-Settings Pulldown

    This is a much-needed change that Google has been focusing on making better. The corners of the icons have been rounded for settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. Now, the icons are circles with colorful accents and turn gray when switched off. The horizontal bar underneath the icons is also closer. When the settings bar is pulled fully down, it’s given a much cleaner design and appearance.

     

    A Colorful Settings Menu

    Google loves to change to the settings screen whenever there’s a major Android update. Well, with the new Android P update, Google is at it again and making new icons to the right of sections such as Display, Battery and Network. Though the layout hasn’t changed, the grayscale icons are now colorful circles.

     

    The Dock Looks Like a Dock

    Android P’s dock which shows your favorite apps and Google search bar now has a cloudy background which helps the apps stand out from everything else on your home screen. It also aids in helping in swiping up to reach the app switcher. In addition, there’s also a microphone icon on the right side of the search bar which allows you fast access one-tap to voice search and Google Assistant.

     

    Screenshot with the Power Menu

    The Power Off/Restart pop-up on the Pixel has an additional feature which is added underneath of those two options: screenshot. So, if users don’t want to use the normal button combo, rather, you can hold down the power button and tap the screenshot button and it’ll capture whatever you want to screenshot. This way, you don’t have to hit power/restart at the same time.

     

    Shrinking Volume Slider

    Google is relocating the software volume slider, making it a little more straightforward and easier to use. The volume slider offers you four options: tapping the calls/ring button switches in between ring, vibrate and silent ringer. Though, this feature will still need more work in order to make it even more straightforward when using it.

     

    Product sans Font More Visible

    The font that’s been used for Google’s Pixel’s branding is now showing up in more areas throughout the system. You’ll be able to see the font in places, for example, the camera permission pop-up which allows you to ‘deny’ or ‘allow’ camera access. The font being used is called Product Sans.

     

    Now that you know the some of the new features with the Android P, you have a been idea of what’s going to be coming out for users. Google’s been working hard to make the new Android P easier to use, more vibrant and of course, minimalistic in design and features.

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