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We love using our Android phones and tablets to listen to tunes and watch videos, but in order to get those files on your device, sometimes you have to transfer them over from your laptop or desktop PC. When things work right, it’s great, but it can be frustrating if your device stops appearing in File Explorer.

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When you run an app on your Android device, you can minimize it and return to the home screen easily by touching or pressing the Home button. However, what if you want to quickly get to an open app from within a another open app?

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Google could be tracking and recording your every location on your Android device, and you may not even know it!

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The Xposed Framework is a way to make system-level changes to your Android operating system without installing a custom ROM. All you need is root access. Here’s a look at what you can actually do with the Xposed Framework.

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Looking at nebulae with their colors and unique shapes is always a breathtaking experience, one that will take your imagination on an ethereal journey. Bring these beautiful galactic formations to your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Nebula Wallpaper collections.

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If you lose your Android device, it’s not likely you’ll get it back. However, there are some kind souls out there who will try to return it, but if the device is locked, they won’t know how to reach you.

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For most people, Caps Lock is only an obstacle to avoid while typing. Having Caps Lock do nothing at all would be an improvement. You don’t have to pry Caps Lock off your keyboard — you can disable it.

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Ever wished you had recorded a call? Maybe you got bad customer service from a company over the phone and you want proof. Or, maybe you received training or help that you want to reference again in the future.

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You can feel a unique sense of freedom when walking through open fields during warm weather, almost as if the world has no limits, free to let your imagination take you wherever it desires. Stroll across these open fields on your Nexus 7′s screen with the first in our series of Summer Fields Wallpaper collections.

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Airplane mode disables a device’s cellular radio, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth — the wireless transmission functions. But many airplanes now offer in-flight Wi-Fi, and cellular access may be coming to planes soon — so where does that leave airplane mode?

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Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your computer, open iTunes, and you’ll see a large amount of space used by “Other” storage. iTunes won’t let you delete any of this “Other” data to free up space.

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Regulatory agencies in the US, Canada, and Europe now allow you to use electronics during takeoff and landing. This is called “gate-to-gate” device use — you could be using a device the entire time you’re on an airplane.

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Google Services shows up on Android’s Battery statistics screen as one of the many things draining your battery. It can sometimes drain an excessive amount of battery power, but you can solve this problem.

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With rumors of a Simpsons-Futurama crossover later this year floating around, you may find yourself missing the Planet Express crew more than ever. But until you can watch them in action once again, visit these familiar friends on your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Futurama Wallpaper collections.

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Search engines are becoming ever-more integrated into mobile operating systems, but you can still change your default search engine on your smartphone or tablet. You don’t have to stick with the search engine the device manufacturer chose for you.

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Whether they have a classic design or an artistic one, bridges are awesome to look at and their photos make terrific wallpapers on our favorite electronic devices. Travel across the water on your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Bridges Wallpaper collections.

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Want to install a custom Android ROM — in other words, a third-party version of the Android operating system — like CyanogenMod? You’ll probably be instructed to install a custom recovery, too.

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Whether your device was stolen or simply lost, you can remotely track, lock, and wipe it. Don’t wait until you’ve lost your hardware to think about this — these features need to be enabled ahead of time.

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Apple’s phone, tablet, and computer-tracking tools are the best in the business. You can remotely locate your device, disable it with a lock and message that persists through factory resets — the so-called “kill switch” — and wipe it.

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Passwords can be reset or bypassed on every operating system. On Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, you can gain access to a computer’s unencrypted files after resetting the password — the password doesn’t actually prevent access to your files.

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Older Android devices support USB mass storage for transferring files back and forth with a computer. Modern Android devices use the MTP or PTP protocols — you can choose which one you prefer.

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CyanogenMod is the most popular custom ROM for Android devices. While it’s an unofficial build of Android, it probably provides an experience closer to Google’s original vision than the software on your current Android phone or tablet does!

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Forests are terrific places to meditate, relax, and explore…all you have to do is clear your mind and enjoy the quietness of nature surrounding you. Bring these havens of peace and rest to your Nexus 7′s screen with the first in our series of Forests Wallpaper collections.

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Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry 10 aren’t the only smartphone operating systems vying for a place in your pocket. There are other smartphone operating systems in development — and they’re all Linux-based.

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Android’s OTA (over-the-air) updates remove root access, forcing you to root them again if you depend on root-only apps. There are ways to preserve this root access, and re-rooting a device will be easier on some devices than others.

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