Android Nougat’s “Seamless Updates”, Explained

In all generations of Android devices—up to an including Marshmallow—operating system updates have essentially worked the same way: the update is downloaded, the phone reboots, and the update is applied. During this time, the phone is rendered useless, at least until the update has been fully installed. With Nougat’s new “Seamless Updates,” this model is a thing of the past.

How to Enable Android Nougat’s Cat-Collecting Easter Egg

One of the more fun parts of getting a new version of Android is discovering the hidden Easter Egg that’s tucked way within the “About” menu. Over the years, we’ve seen them get more and more whimsical, with Nougat’s Easter Egg possibly being the most bizarre (and interesting!) one yet: collecting cats.

How to Get Android Nougat Features on Your Older Phone with N-Ify

Android N will bring a lot of new, innovative, and useful tools to Android, but if you don’t have a modern Nexus device, then it’s hard to say how long you’ll be waiting to get your hands on some of these new goodies. Fortunately, if you’re running a rooted device with the Xposed framework installed, getting many of N’s new features is only a quick download away.

How to Set Up Samsung’s “Night Clock” on Galaxy Edge Devices

At first blush, Samsung’s Edge Display may seem a bit gimmicky—and initially, it kind of was. But the longer the company uses it in new devices, the more useful it gets. Some of the things it can do are subtle, while others are much more prominent. One of the more subtle, yet useful, features on the Edge Display is something Samsung calls “Night Clock.”

How to Remap the Search Key on Your Chromebook

Chromebooks have a slightly different key layout than most keyboards. If you’re the type of person who likes to yell on the internet, the search key—which is in the same spot where you’d normally find a Caps Lock key—can really throw you off your game. Nothing quite like hitting a Google search mid-rant.

How to Access Dropbox and Other Cloud Storage Directly from Chrome OS’ File Manager

Google has done an excellent job of baking its own cloud service, Google Drive, into the Chrome OS file manager. If you use Drive for most of your cloud needs, then it feels like native storage on a a Chrome OS device. But if you use something else, like Dropbox or network attached storage, things don’t seem so clean. Here’s how to add those directly to the file manager in Chrome OS so you can navigate them quickly and easily.

How to Add More Storage to Your Android TV for Apps and Games

Android TV is an excellent set-top box platform, but many of the units available on the market today have extremely limited storage. As the ATV catalog grows, users are going to want to install more apps than ever before, even if you don’t consider the newer, space-eating games. The good news is that you can actually expand the storage on your Android TV box.

How to Toggle the Touch Screen and Touchpad with Keyboard Shortcuts on Chrome OS 

Chrome OS does a lot of things right: it’s fast, super efficient, and great for most everyday tasks. One thing it doesn’t do very well is cater to power users, but Google is slowly changing this. Recently, Google added the ability to quickly toggle both the touch screen (on touch-compatible devices, of course) and touchpad with simple keyboard shortcuts. These settings are technically still experimental, however, so they’re hidden. Here’s how to enable them.

How to Get the Traditional “List View” in the LG G5’s Settings

A few years ago, a trend started with Android manufacturers where they thought it would be a good idea to take the Settings menu—a generally straightforward place on most phones—and paginate it. So instead of having a solid list of things that can quickly be scrolled through until you find what you’re looking for, you’re stuck with flipping through a series of tabs and then scrolling through each one. It makes no sense.

How to Add an App Drawer to the LG G5’s Home Screen

LG did something weird with the G5: it completely removed the app drawer in the stock launcher, and tossed all apps on the the home screens, like in iOS. I get that some people probably like this—maybe even prefer it—but I’m sure it’s off-putting to many others. If you’d like to give the stock launcher a go but want the app drawer back, LG actually included a way to add an app drawer to its launcher via a separate download.

How to Simplify the LG G5 for Your Tech-Unsavvy Relatives with “EasyHome”

If you’re the “tech guy” (or girl!) in your family, you know what it’s like to deal with a constant barrage of questions every single time your tech challenged family members get a new gadget. While we can’t really help you simplify everything in their lives, we can tell you how to simplify their LG G5 with LG’s “EasyHome” launcher. Here’s how to enable it.