Android Basics: Use Google Play Music on your phone without using up a device authorization

Google launched its music streaming service, Google Play Music, at I/O 2013 and has since improved it by including YouTube Red. With the all-access individual plan, you get unlimited music and an ad-free experience on YouTube, which can be an awesome deal. But Google’s 10 device authorization limit for streaming music can sometimes get in the way…

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Android Basics: How to start a Facebook Messenger Group Video Chat

Facebook messenger’s newest feature is called Group Video Chat. With it, you can now start a video conference with up to 50 of your closest friends. As fun as it would be to try to communicate with 50 people over video, though, only six of the people in the call will be able to display their video feed…

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Android Basics: How to install and switch between third-party launchers

One of the most-used customization features in Android is the ability to change your device’s launcher. This allows you to customize the look and feel of your home screen, app icons, as well as functionality of the app drawer and folders on your device. This comes especially in handy when you don’t like your device’s customized skin — like TouchWiz on Samsung devices or EMUI on Huawei devices…

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Android Basics: How to setup Moto Voice on all Moto Z variants

Most modern Android devices now have the ability to setup a voice prompt that lets you operate your device without even picking it up. Motorola has had its own feature called Moto Voice for the last couple of years that allows for more than the standard “Ok, Google” command. The below steps will help you say “Hello, Moto” to your Moto Z device…

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Android Basics: How to install and use third-party keyboards on your Android phone

One of the oldest features that made Android stand out compared to the competition in its younger days was the fact that users could install third-party keyboards. While this wasn’t a huge thing for most people, it did lend itself to those who enjoyed Android for its customization features. In this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through finding and setting up a 3rd party keyboard on any Android device…

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Android Basics: How to stop your phone from automatically adding icons to the home screen

When you are setting up a new Android phone, the Google Play Store on some devices has a setting enabled that will automatically add icons for all newly installed applications to your home screen. This can be a nuisance when you are installing all of your favorite apps at once but, thankfully, it’s easy to disable…

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Android Basics: How to free up device storage with Google Photos

With the phones in our pockets getting larger cameras that are capable of taking higher resolution images and videos, it is no wonder why people are running out of storage space. Thankfully, with Google Photos, it is possible to backup your favorite pictures and videos and then have them automatically deleted directly off of your device…
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Android Basics: How to enable high priority notifications within Google Daydream

By strapping on a Daydream headset, you are immersing yourself into a virtual world which also naturally isolates you from your surroundings. As you could potentially be enjoying content for hours at a time, Google has made it so that you can still receive limited types of notifications so that you don’t miss anything important…

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Android Basics: How to disable ‘Mi Box Recommends’ row on Xiaomi Mi Box

Android TV is a fantastic platform that has always been plagued by sub-par hardware. However, things are looking up as we enter 2017 with new options being released and a few excellent ones already on the market. One of those is the Xiaomi Mi Box, a 4K set top box that hits the sweet spot in pricing.

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