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How to Sideload Apps on Android

It’s surprisingly easy to install Android apps and games from outside the Google Play Store. This is called “sideloading,” and it’s possible on any Android device. There are some things you should know before getting started….

How to Screen Record on Android

Android has a built-in screen recorder that makes it super easy to make videos of what’s happening on your screen. If you didn’t know about this handy feature, we’ll show you how to use it.

How to Manage App Permissions on Android

Android permissions used to be a mess, but modern versions of Android have simplified them greatly. Now, you grant apps access to certain features as it needs them. You can also manually revoke permissions from any app….

How to View (and Edit) Photo EXIF Data on Android

Photo EXIF data is useful for seeing pertinent information about a picture: shutter speed, aperture, exposure time, time taken, geolocation—the list goes on and on. Checking this sort of info directly from your phone is si…

How to Get Rid of Bloatware on Your Android Phone

Manufacturers and carriers often pre-install a bunch of apps on Android phones. If you don’t use them, they just clutter your system and drain your battery in the background. Take control of your device and stop the bloatware…

How to Set Default Apps on Android

When you have multiple apps that do the same thing, Android asks you which one you want to be the “default.” This is one of Android’s best features and you should take advantage of it. We’ll show you how….

How to Trim and Cut Videos on Your Android Device

A smartphone in your pocket all the time makes it easy to record impressive videos. Historically, editing those videos on your Android phone hasn’t been as easy, but that’s not the case anymore. We’ll show you how….

How to Adjust Gboard’s Height on Android

Google’s Gboard keyboard is easily one of the most popular among Android users. One of the great things about it is the personalization options. We’ll show you how to adjust the height of the keyboard, making it easier to typ…

How to Install and Move Android Apps to the SD Card

Some Android phones don’t have a lot of storage, so you might run out of room for apps. If your device has an SD card slot, you can use that to expand the storage and have more room for apps. However, SD card support is more …

How to Disable Automatic App Updates in Android

Android apps downloaded from the Google Play Store are automatically updated by default. If you would rather review the updates and any new or changed permissions associated with the updates, you can choose to disable automat…

How to Close Apps on an Android Device

Android apps don’t actually stop running when you return to the Home screen or switch to another app. And that’s totally fine, you shouldn’t close apps unless you really need to. We’ll show you how to do that in case one is c…
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