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How to Make the Huawei P20 Look Like Stock Android

There is no doubt, that the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro have some of the best hardware out there. EMUI on the other hand, well, isn’t the most sought-after software on a mobile device. It runs well, keeps the phone faster longer and is great with the battery life frankly, but the look? The look seems a bit cartoony for more western tastes at least. While Huawei has definitely toned down EMUI with the latest versions, a lot of you have been asking me for how to make the Huawei P20 look like stock Android instead. Now, by …

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How to Get the Android P Beta Right Now

Google just released the beta of Android P at Google IO earlier this week which means it’s now super easy to try out Android P. If you have one of the following devices, you can sign up for the beta and install it on your device to try out the new Android P Beta features before it’s official release later in the year. Eligible Devices: Essential Phone Pixel 2 Pixel 2 XL Pixel Pixel XL Nokia 7 Plus Oppo R15 Pro Xperia XZ2 Vivo X21UD Vivo X21 Mi Mix 2S Can I just say quickly, how awesome it is to …

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How to Get the Best Android P Features on Any Android Phone Right Now

The Android P developer preview was released a bit ago and while at the moment it’s only available for Nexus and Pixel devices (you can see how to install the preview for those devices in my video here), some developers have managed to grab some of the more interesting features from Android P and create APKs, or installable app files, from them. These can be easily installed to get these Android P features on any Android phone without the need for rooting the device and they can, of course, be easily uninstalled if you no longer want them. If you …

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Android Automation

How to Automate Android with the Automate App (Video)

In a past tips and tricks Tuesday, I showed iOS users how to automate tasks on their iPhones and a bunch of you asked if there was some way to automate Android in a similar fashion. So I looked into it and it turns out, there are a bunch of Android automation apps in the Play Store. One of the most popular is called Tasker, which you might be familiar with, and it’s great, but I found another one I think might be better for people just starting out with Android automation. How to Use the Automate App for Android …

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How to Stop Telemarketer Calls Once and For All (Video)

I get a lot of telemarketer calls. So many, in fact, I’ve contemplated changing my number just to try and get it under control–it’s that bad. So in search of a better option to help stop telemarketer calls, I think I came up with a way to limit them that, so far, seems to be doing pretty well. Now, you can, and should, use your phone’s built-in blocking feature. You can tap and hold on a phone number you know is a spam caller in the call log and tap block on most devices but the issue with this is …

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How to Automate Tasks in iOS Using This Simple App (Video)

This has to be the most useful app ever on iOS. It’s called Workflow and it’s made by Apple (even though they don’t promote it very much). The concept is rather clever. The app has tons of triggers and actions that you can string together and then run by simply tapping on the widget button. It starts at the top and then works its way down to the bottom and outputs whatever it is you need. And, because it is made by Apple, it actually has access to system things that any other third-party app wouldn’t have, making it far …

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How to Disable Apple’s CPU Throttling on Your iPhone (Video)

I’m sure we all remember the fiasco that was Apple being called out for intentionally limiting older iPhone performance based on how the battery was functioning (and the bigger problem of not telling anyone). If you aren’t familiar though, iPhone CPU throttling is when the device’s operating system intentionally limits, or throttles, the CPU performance (and thereby the speed at which the device can function). Following the discovery that Apple was doing this to devices without users knowing, they said they would release a way to turn off this CPU throttling in a future update. Turns out that that update is …

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How to Easily Run Your Android Phone From Your Computer (Video)

So I’m not actually sure why you’d want to do this, as in I can’t think of any terribly important use cases, besides maybe using it to text from the computer, but it was still so cool and easy to do that I figured someone out there might want to use it for something and was worth me taking the time to make a video of it. So for this Tips and Tricks Tuesday, I’m going to show you how to easily run your Android phone on your computer (complete with mouse and keyboard input, etc.). So this is all thanks …

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How to Use the iOS 11 Document Scanner Feature

One of the more useful features in iOS 11 that not a lot of people talk about is the new built-in document scanner feature in Notes. Where you normally would have used a third-party app to do this type of scan (and there are good ones that I like out there), this one is super easy to use and is built in to iOS so, you know, it’s just better. To scan any document (super handy for business cards in my opinion), simply open the Notes app. Tap the new note icon at the bottom right. Tap the plus sign above …

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Android P Notification

How to Update to Android P Right Now (Video)

There’s a new version of Android out called Android P (my money is on it being named Peppermint when it’s released to the public, for the record) and Google has released the developer previews. If you aren’t familiar, the developer previews are really meant for developers to test out their apps on the latest version of Android in order to make sure it works, maybe integrate new features, etc. but it’s also what people like us (see: nerds) like to install in order to test out and play around with new features before they are released. Now, it goes without …

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How to Type to Siri Instead of Talking

Sometimes you don’t want to say the thing you need to Siri out loud. “Hey Siri, remind me to take my antibiotics for that weird rash tomorrow morning.” Maybe not that, but you get the idea. Interestingly enough, Apple actually added a feature that allows you to type to her instead and I’ve found it’s actually quick useful (not just for discrete Siri commands, but in situations where you’re in a quiet location, for example). Here’s how to enable typing to Siri instead of talking. Enable Typing to Siri Head to Settings. Tap on General. Tap on Accessibility. Tap on …

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How to Make Your Samsung Galaxy S9 Look Like Stock Android

The S9 and S9 Plus were released recently and they are a fine bit of kit. They feel more solid than the S8 and S8 Plus for some reason, the low-light camera is insane, and that screen? Drool. But what if you love the hardware but aren’t the biggest fan of the software or Samsung’s Experience UI (formerly TouchWiz UI). Now, I admit Samsung’s UI is way better than it used to be, but some people out there might want to use stock Android instead–no judgement, I get it. So in this tip and trick Tuesday, here’s how to make …

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How to Set an Image as the Always-On Display on Your Samsung Phone

With the launch of the new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, I figured I’d do a few quick tutorials on the site for anyone who picked one up and wanted to learn some tips and tricks for it. For this tip and trick, let me show you how you can set an image as your Always-On Display screen (instead of our usual boring clock). This tip and trick was actually taught to me by MrMobile, Michael Fisher and works on any Samsung Galaxy device with Always-On Display and Samsung Experience UI. This means, the Galaxy S7, S8, S9, Note8, etc. …

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How to Override Do Not Disturb for Specific Apps

Do not disturb is one of those features that’s just on every phone and we take for granted. It’s pretty great though in helping us, even in the slight way that we have to be disciplined enough to turn on, break the cycle of notification anxiety. While most people use Do Not Disturb mode on their devices at night when they’re sleeping, I tend to use it in any scenario that I think requires a bit more of my undivided attention. From dinners to movies, to meetings, I tend to tap that little moon icon a lot during the day. …

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iMessage on Android

How to Get iMessage on Android (Video)

One of iOS’s hardest features to say goodbye to; iMessage. I’ve literally been scolded by friends when their messages to me go from blue to green upon my switching back to an Android phone (I swap phones a lot, guys) and always wish there was some way I could use iMessage on my Android phone still (not to placate these friends, but just because iMessage is truly great). Thanks to a young developer though, we might be one step closer to such a dream. There is a big caveat, however. You need to have a Mac and that Mac needs …

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