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Good news! Now Pokemon Go is available in UK, Italy, Portugal and Spain . Here's why you gotta play it!

Pokemon Go Launches on Android and iOS. What's so awesome about this gameSo the latest Pokemon game called “Pokemon Go” just launched recently on both Android and iOS platforms. This Pokemon game series actually has been around since 1996 when it was released the very first time on GameBoy, while the movie version entitled “Pokemon: The First Movie” was a huge hit in 1999.

But today, this popular Japanese franchise is now available to play on smartphones and tablets. So what’s so great about this new game on Android and iOS platforms?

So Pokemon Go is developed by a game company named Niantic, but it’s published by The Pokemon Company, while Nintendo is responsible for its distribution.

However, unlike the previous installments of Pokemon games in the past, Pokemon Go is now an augmented-reality game that basically uses the area around you as gameplay arena using the rear-facing camera of your smartphone or tablet.

Pokemon Go Launches on Android and iOS. What's so awesome about this game

The game is actually quite fun to play. But in order to play it, you must go from one area to another area around you and along your journey, some characters will begin showing up to you.

In this game, you can do a lot of things like capturing items, fighting against monsters, training your own Pokemon and even trading virtual Pokemon who show up along your journey in your town. And all of these will only work with your smartphone/tablet's rear camera activated.

Unfortunately, despite being launched on Google Play and iOS, Pokemon Go is currently only available in the US, Australia and across Europe. So if you don’t live in any of those countries or region, then you need to be a bit patient until the game gets its global launch probably in the near days or weeks.

Anyway, if you're so curious about how this game plays and looks like, here check this one out, the gameplay video I stumbled upon on YouTube.


Restrict or Block Internet Access on Some Apps Using DroidWall

Restrict or Block Internet Access on Some Apps Using DroidWallSo in the past few days, I’ve been showing you a bunch of new features that you’re about to enjoy on Android Nougat OS. I’ve already shared about the Night Mode, the quick app switching, the dual split-screen mode and some other features related to Android Nougat OS.

I’ve also already given you the tutorial about how to restrict internet access on some specific apps by using the Data Saver on Android Nougat OS.

Unfortunately, just like any other features aforementioned above, this Data Saver is only available on Android Nougat OS, which means you cannot use it until your device gets upgraded to Android Nougat OS.

The good news is, there’s a workaround for this feature if your device won't receive Android Nougat update. However, this trick requires root access of your device, which means you won't be able to enjoy this feature if your device hasn't been rooted yet.

Okay then, without further ado, below I’m going to show you how to restrict some specific apps from using the internet connection on your device.

How to Use Droid Wall?

1. Your device must be rooted first. So yeah, as I mentioned already above, if you want to enjoy this feature, your device must be rooted first.

But if you don’t exactly how to root your device, you can actually check out my article about how to root your Android device.

Bear in mind that if you root your smartphone or tablet, the 1-year warranty will be voided which means you cannot claim your warranty anymore at any service center.

Not to mention, there’s also another risk that you’re going to face here, like suffering a bootloop and even hardrick, which is more dangerous than losing the warranty.

So if you’re not ready to face these consequences, I strongly suggest you to not root your smartphone or tablet.

2. Download Droid Wall on Google Play Store. Okay, I assume that right now, you have managed to root your device. So what’s next?

Well, the next step you need to do is download an app called “Droid Wall” which you can download on Google Play Store.

This app is free but it requires root access of your device. So if you haven’t rooted your device, then don’t bother downloading this app because it’s not going to work.

3. Open the app and grant the root permission for this app. After you finish downloading and installing Droid Wall on your smartphone or tablet, now open this app.

Correct me if I’m wrong but usually, the very first time you open the app, it will ask your permission to allow the root access for this app. If that happens here, select “Allow” or “Grant” in the prompted window.

But if that doesn’t happen yet, then the system will probably prompt you that question later when you try to enable this app through the menu option.

4. Press the text on the top. So once you open the app, it will show you all the apps on your device in alphabetical order.

As you can see on the top of the list, there is the text that says “Mode: White List (Allow Selected)”. Now tap on it and change it to “Black List: (block selected)”.

By doing this, it will make it easier for you to pick which apps that you want to block from using the internet access of your device.

So if you want to block the apps, you can simply give check mark on 2 small boxes of each app, both WiFi and 3G. Or you can also tick off the 3G option so if you’re in WiFi-enabled area, you can still connect this app to internet using WiFi.

5. Press the menu option and enable this app. Once you finish giving check marks to all the apps that you want to block, now press the menu option so you can enable this app and start using it on your device.

However, there’s no button to open the menu option here on this app. So you must open it using the capacitive button that you usually use to open the menu option.

But if your device doesn't have the capacitive menu button, then I'm going to show you how to open the menu option using an app called Floating Toucher, of course in my next article. So be sure to stick around!

6. Enable the Firewall. Okay, if you finally manage to open the menu option, now enable this app by tapping on “Firewall Disabled” in order to change it to “Firewall Enabled”.

And once you press it, this option will turn color to green, which means this app is finally activated on your device. Usually, the system will automatically ask the root access for this app. If that happens, select “Allow” or “Grant”.

7. Press “Apply Rules”. After enabling this app on your device and you also have granted the root permission for this app, the next thing to do is press the option on the right that says “Apply Rules”.

And then, wait for a few seconds until the system applies the rules that you have set up before and start blocking some apps from using the internet connection of your device.

8. Exit the app. Okay, now exit the app because you’re good to go. As you can see, the apps that you have blocked earlier now won't be able to connect to the internet, which means DroidWall has worked properly.

Conclusion

Well, there you go guys, my secret trick to block the internet access on some certain apps by using DroidWall. Hopefully this app also works properly on your device.

I know that this app offers the same exact thing just like 'Data Saver' on Android Nougat OS. But if your device will not receive Android Nougat update, then you can still enjoy this feature through 'Droidwall' app.


How to Minimize the Use of Internet Data on Smartphone or Tablet?

aaaOkay, who likes to waste internet data everyday? Well, I believe no one does, including you. But the truth is, today many people love to check their social media accounts too often every single minute, even few seconds.

Although it’s good to stay updated with the latest news using these apps, checking out your social media accounts every minute definitely will squeeze a lot of your data because your device will download many contents like images, sounds or videos from these apps.

If your budget for internet data is unlimited, then it’s fine for you if you want to keep checking out your phone every minute, even every few seconds just to see the latest tweets, photos on Instagram or videos on Snapchat.

However, if you have limited internet data every month, then it’s really important for you to start changing your habit in order to save your internet data so you can still a lot left whenever you need it the most.

Okay, in the following list below, I’m about to show you my 9 personal tips that I always use to save my internet data every day. Hopefully you can also apply them to your device from now on.

1. Start Using Internet Data Monitor

If you want to become well aware about the use of your internet data every minute, you definitely need a data monitoring app. With this app, you can easily detect how many data you’re currently using in real-time.

There are actually tons of data monitoring apps available on Google Play Store or App Store. I actually have already tried some but I think many of them are not that great.

But thankfully, I found a great data monitoring app called “Data Monitor”, developed by KUMobileBand.

The great thing about this app is Data Monitor has a cool feature that can give you information about your current download speed, upload speed, as well as how many data you are currently using right now.

I’ve actually already showed you this app in my previous post. So you better check it out if you want to learn more about this app and how to use it.

2. Turn off internet connection everytime you don’t need it

If you want to start saving your internet data, the easiest thing to do is turn off the internet connection of your device whenever you don’t need it.

I know that quick data toggle has been removed by Google since Lollipop OS. So you cannot use quick data toggle anymore on any apps. Thankfully, there’s a workaround for this, which requires you to root your device.

But if you're still hesitant to root your device, you can still use the traditional way to turn OFF your internet data by going through Setting > Data Usage > and then tapping on the data toggle.

3. Don’t use email clients

Well, most people definitely love to use email clients such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail. Not only can you get the full email features from these apps, you will also be notified everytime you receive a new email in your inbox with pop-up notifications.

However, even though these email client apps are great and useful, they actually can squeeze a lot of your data because they will keep using your internet connection every few seconds in order to check new emails in your accounts.

So I think it’s time for you to start using simple web browsers like Opera Mini to check out your emails. Well, it’s fast and Opera mini is also really efficient with data usage. So you will not waste a lot of data everytime you check your emails.

4. Stop receiving mobile notifications from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

If you are using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media apps, then in default, you will receive push notifications everytime you get a new follower, a new mention, a new direct message from these apps.

Well, this of course will waste a lot of internet data especially if you log in to multiple accounts on each of these apps. So the best solution for this is turn off the push notification from all of these apps.

But the question is, how?

Well, it’s actually pretty easy. On Twitter, swipe the LEFT navigation menu > Setting > Notifications > Mobile Notifications > and slide the toggle OFF to stop receiving any notification. But if you log in to multiple accounts on this Twitter app, then you need to set it up again one by one on each account.

On Instagram, you just need to go to your profile > press the menu option on the TOP RIGHT > Push Notifications > and select “Off” on all the available options.

Meanwhile, on Facebook, you can turn off notifications by tapping on Ξ menu option > Account Setting (scroll down to the bottom) > Notifications > and turning off all the notifications by tapping on each of the post.

5. Start using Opera Mini as your main web browser

Many Android users out there are mostly browsing the net with Chrome, Firefox or Opera because these are great web browsers with the full features.

But they actually use a lot of your internet data because these web browsers will usually load the full PC version of some websites, not the mobile version.

But that will not happen if you use Opera Mini as your daily web browser from now on.

Not only is this web browser really fast when loading the page, but it’s also really efficient with data usage because Opera mini will usually compress the site before presenting it to the user.

6.Don’t load images when browsing on the net

Turning off then images when browsing the net is definitely the best solution to keep your internet data low in usage.

And this is pretty effective because images are usually the ones that slowly but surely eat a lot of your internet data when browsing the web.

But the question is, how exactly to turn off images on the web browser?

If you’re using Opera Mini, you can turn off the images by tapping on the Data Saving (Opera mini icon on the menu) > Images > and choose "Off".

If you’re using Mozilla Firefox on the other hand, you can download an add-on called “Mobile Image Blocker” to turn off the images from being loaded on this web browser.

But you can also use the traditional way by pressing menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER > Setting > Advanced > and then turning off the Images.

7. Don’t use real-time internet-connected widgets on homescreen

Even though active widgets like Twitter widget can help you stay updated with the latest tweets on your Twitter account, using this widget can waste a lot of your internet data because this widget is working continuously in the background in order to push new updates every few seconds.

So this is why, if you want to be more efficient and effective with your internet data usage, you must never use any of these widgets on your homescreen from now on.

You can actually use other simple but useful widgets like clock widget, photo gallery or music player. But it's best to not use any widget on your homescreen to improve battery life and also save your data.

8. Block some specific apps entirely from using internet data

The other most effective way to cut off the internet data usage on your device is by blocking some of your apps from using internet access.

There’s actually a new feature on Android OS called “Data Saver” that does exactly like that. Unfortunately, this feature is only available on the latest Android Nougat OS.

The good news is, there’s a workaround for this. And that is by using an app called DroidWall. However, this app requires you to root your device first.

9. Download Youtube videos on your device, not stream it

Usually, if you’re using the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, everytime you go to the video page on YouTube, it will use your internet data to load the video, especially if your internet connection is fast.

Well, to solve this problem and prevent YouTube from loading the video automatically, you can use one useful add-on called “Toggle JavaScript Enabled”, which prevents any JavaScript from being loaded when browsing on any website, including YouTube.

But the coolest thing about this app is, you can still download the video on that video page by using an add-on called “YouTube Downloader 4K Download”, so you can download that YouTube video and watch it later offline, which totally saves a lot of your data.

Conclusion

Well there you go guys, my 9 personal tricks that I always use on my device to slash the use of my internet data. Hopefully, all of my tricks above can also help you become more efficient with the internet data usage on your device.

Anyway, what about you? What you usually do on your smartphone or tablet to save your internet data? Do you have any other tips that you would like to share with me.

Well, if you do, don't hesitate to voice your opinion on the comment section below. I'll be more than happier to hear yours.

How to Monitor Internet Data on Your Smartphone or Tablet in Real Time?

How to Monitor Internet Data on Your Smartphone or Tablet in Real Time?In the past few years, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have emerged into 3 most popular social media apps on smartphone, tablet and even wearable. Not only can we be entertained by lots of great contents on these 3 social media apps, but we can also stay up-to-date with the latest news and information from all across the world.

However, using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram apps too often actually can squeeze your internet data a lot, especially if you are a type of user who loves checking out your social media accounts every few minutes and even few seconds.

So what’s the best solution to solve this problem? What can we really do to minimize the use of our internet data when using social media apps?

Well, the answer is by using a data monitoring app.

There are actually tons of data monitoring apps avaiable on Google Play Store that basically do the same thing, which is to monitor your internet usage. 

However, based on my experience, most of these apps and even the recommended ones are not that good.

Data Monitor app

But the good news is, after using a lot of data monitoring apps from Google Play Store, I finally found one really great app that totally gave me what I really wanted from a great data monitoring app.

And the app is called “Data Monitor”. However, don’t be mistaken here because there are many apps on Google Play Store that use the same exact name “Data Monitor”.

The "Data Monitor" app that I'm talking about here is the one developed by a company named KUMobileBand.

The app is free by the way and it’s really small in size, so I you’re interested to try it out, and I think you should, then head over to Google Play Store and download the app.

Trust me, it’s a really great app and I believe you will find it really useful especially to monitor and also prevent your internet data from being wasted without your permission.

What is Data Monitor app and what does it do?

So yes, as the name implies, “Data Monitor” is indeed an app that can help you monitor the use of internet data on your smartphone or tablet every day.

But the coolest thing about this app and in fact, makes it better than any other data monitoring apps out there is its ability to show you the quick updates in real-time about the size of internet data that you are currently using right now, right when you turn ON your internet connection.

How to use the app?

It’s actually really easy to use this app. So once you finish downloading and installing from Google Play Store, you can start setting up it up so it will work and behave as you expected.

Okay, now open the app and then press the menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER. Once you press it, there are 2 menus presented here: Setting and Reset. Select the first option, “Setting”.

On the setting page, as you can see, there are 3 main settings on the top that have small boxes on the right. Okay, now check off all of these boxes by tapping on them.

Make sure that the “Enable/Disable the Application” is ticked off, as well as “Show Download/Upload Speed” and “Always Show Notification”. Once you finish with the setting, now go back to the previous page. Don't worry, it will automatically save the setting.

As you can see, on the top notification panel, there is a data monitor widget being added here. Yes, this widget is from the Data Monitor app, which you just set it up earlier.

There are some information you can see here, from the download and upload speed, the total data you have used in one day and the amount data you’re currently using right now either via SIM card data or WiFi.

And it keeps updating on the fly everytime you connect to the internet. Isn’t that cool, huh?

This of course will help you a lot to monitor your internet data and prevent your device from wasting a lot of data without your permission in the background.

Anyway, if you click the Data Monitor's widget on notification panel, it will bring you to the app which then shows you the total data that you have used in the last 8 days, which hopefully helps you become more efficient with the use of your internet data.

Conclusion

So there you have it guys, a simply but great data monitoring app that I've been using until today. Hope you like this app.

Anyway, if you have any other great data monitoring apps that you would like to recommend to me, please don’t hesitate to share them to me right on the comment section below. I’ll be more than happier to hear yours.

Use Data Saver on Android Nougat OS to restrict internet access on some specific apps

Use Data Saver on Android Nougat OS to restrict internet access on some specific appsRecently, the full name of Android N has just been revealed by Google Android team a few days ago. And apparently, the “N” in Android N that we’ve been hearing for awhile stands for Nougat. So yes, the official full name of the new Android OS is Android Nougat, not Android Nutella that many thought it would be.

But what are the new features that Google Android team has been preparing in this new build of Android operating system? What makes this Android Nougat OS better than the previous-gen Marshmallow OS?

Well, just a moment ago, I just showed you one feature in Android Nougat OS called ‘Night Mode’, the feature that basically will turn the color of the background on some pre-installed apps (like Setting, Clock, Calculator, etc) into black, while the text will turn into white.

Besides ‘Night Mode’, there’s actually another interesting new feature that you’re about to enjoy on your smartphone or tablet when it gets 'flashed' with Android Nougat OS. And this one is called “Data Saver”.

Data Saver on Android Nougat OS

So as its name suggests, ‘Data Saver’ basically will allow users to save the internet data of their devices by blocking the internet connection on some specific apps according to users' liking.

So with this feature, you’ll be able to pick which apps on your device that are allowed to use the internet connection of your device and which ones that are not.

This of course will help users a lot to save their internet data from being used by some apps without permission. Not to mention, it will also make it easier for users to control the use of internet data on their devices, so users can save the cost for their internet data every month.

But the question is, how exactly to activate and use “Data Saver” on our device?

1. Your Device Must be Running on Android Nougat OS

Well, first and foremost, of course your smartphone or tablet must be running on Android Nougat OS given that this feature is only available on this Android Nougat, not on Marshmallow.

2. Go to Setting > Data Usage > Data Saver

If you want to activate this feature on your device, first open Setting > Data Usage > and then choose ‘Data Saver’.

To turn this feature ON, you can simply tap on the main toggle on the top. Once you slide that toggle ON, the system will automatically activate the 'default' setting in ‘Data Saver’.

How to Pick Which Apps that Can Use Internet Access?

In default, when you slide the toggle of ‘Data Saver’ ON, ALL apps on your device will be blocked entirely from using internet access, which means you cannot use Twitter, Gmail, Facebook, Opera browser, Firefox and other apps that connect to internet.

So you must firstly modify the setting to pick which apps you would like to be granted with internet access and which ones you'd want to block from using internet data of your device.

To change this default setting and create your own setting in ‘Data Saver’, you just need to tap on any area on the screen that says “Unrestricted data access”.

Once you press it, the system will present you the list of all apps on your device, all sorted in the alphabetical order, from A to Z.

As you can see, in default, all the apps on your device are blocked from using the internet connection of your device. It’s shown by the toggles of all apps that are turned off in default, which this is set by the system.

But this is the coolest thing about ‘Data Saver’.

So on each of the apps in the list, there is a toggle placed on the right side of each app. If you want to allow some specific apps to use with the internet access of your device, you just need to tap on each toggle of the app, one by one manually.

Conclusion

I don’t know if this feature will be changed by Google in the final build of Android Nougat OS or it will stay the same just like on the beta version of this OS. But I believe, the method to activate this feature will still be pretty much the same just like in the beta.

One thing that I really hope would be added by Google Android team on Android Nougat OS is definitely a quick data toggle, which allows users to turn ON and OFF internet data on any screen without going through Setting > Data Usage.

I know that it's probably not gonna happen, but I believe many users will be more than happier to see this feature again on Android Nougat OS.

How to Activate the Night Mode on Android Nougat OS?

How to Activate the Night Mode on Android Nougat OS?So the name for the next Android OS has just been made official by Google Android a couple days ago. And it’s called Android Nougat OS.

But what’s so special about this new Android OS, especially compared to the previous-build Marshmallow OS? What are the new features found in this new Android build?

In my previous post, I’ve already showed you what’s new in Android Nougat OS. But talking about the new features, to name a few, there are actually some cool stuff found in this new build of Android OS. One of them is called “Night Mode”.

From the name of this feature suggests, this “Night Mode” indeed is the new feature on Android Nougat OS that basically does what it says, which is to reverse the color of background on some pre-installed apps on your device into dark black, while the text will turn into white.

But the real question is, how exactly to activate this feature?

Well, if you want to activate this feature, it’s actually not really hard to do. But of course, your device must be running on Android Nougat OS if you want to use this feature.

So you just need to go to ‘System’, after that scroll down to the bottom and find ‘System UI Tuner’ in the list. And then choose “Colour and Appearance” and from there, you’ll find the option of ‘Night Mode’.

How to Activate the Night Mode on Android Nougat OS?

However, in the beta version of Android Nougat OS, it’s actually pretty tricky to activate this ‘Night Mode’ on your device. So according to what I saw on YouTube, you need to press the toggle 3 times.

First, you tap the toggle to turn ON this feature (but it’s not activated yet). And then you press it again the second time to turn it OFF. Lastly, press it again the third time to turn ON the feature. And this ‘Night Mode’ feature is finally activated on your device.

This is probably just a bug or software problem and should be fixed when the final build of Android Nougat OS finally arrives to the market in the coming weeks or months.

So in this final build of Android Nougat OS, everytime you want to activate this ‘Night Mode’ feature, you just need to tap the toggle once, not 3 times just like in the beta version.

Night Mode is Available Only on Android Nougat OS

I know that this Night Mode is only available on Android Nougat OS. And the final build of this new OS is not even released yet by Google officially to the market (only the beta version).

Not to mention, the Android devices that will be eligible to enjoy this new OS are probably very limited to some high-end and new-gen devices which will come out in the coming months, so not many users will be able to enjoy ‘Night Mode’ on their devices.

However, I think it’s really important to know more about it and especially about how to activate this feature on our device.

Besides, if your smartphone or tablet is already running on Marshmallow OS, I’m pretty positive that you can also enjoy Android Nougat OS on your device especially given that this new OS is not such a huge departure from Marshmallow OS.

So I think it’s just a matter of time before you finally hear the news about your device’s eligibility for Android Nougat OS update (yay for that!).

The other features in Night Mode

Besides 'Night Mode', there are actually some interesting parts in setting page of ‘Night Mode’ which you can be chang manually according to your preferences. The first one is called ‘Adjust Tint’.

With ‘Adjust Tint’ activated, the dark black background that is already set using ‘Night Mode’ will turn much even darker, while the blueish navigation bar or title bar will also be changed into a much darker grey, which blends perfectly with the entire dark background.

This of course will be ideal to use in low light conditions when you’re about to sleep or if you want to read some e-Books before you go to sleep. But you can also activate it everyday as your daily driver even in daylight. It would still look cool on your device.

Besides ‘Adjust Tint’, there’s also another setting called ‘Adjust Brightness’ which basically sets the brightness of your device in lower level so you’ll be able to read articles or digital eBooks when you’re in bed with minimum amount of lighting.

Conclusion

So there you have it, the new awesome ‘Night Mode’ on your smartphone or your tablet. But of course, in order to be able to enjoy this feature, you need to firstly upgrade your device from Marshmallow to Android Nougat OS when Google finally releases it to the market in the coming weeks or months.

Unfortunately, if your device is not eligible to enjoy this Android Nougat OS, then the only thing you can do is sell your smartphone/tablet and get a new one that already comes out of the box with Android Nougat OS.

However, there’s probably a workaround for this, like rooting your device and installing the custom ROM that is running on Android Nougat OS.

This is like what happened to my previous Alcatel Flash Plus phablet that didn’t get official Android Lollipop OS upgrade from Alcatel and TCL, but could still be updated to Lollipop OS by rooting and installing the unofficial custom ROM based on Lollipop OS, which worked nicely and perfectly.

On the other hand, if your device is eligible for Android Nougat OS update in the near future, then you should be grateful for that. The ‘Night Mode’ feature in this new OS is gonna be such an awesome feature for you.


How Quick App Switching Feature Works on Android Nougat OS?

How Quick App Switching Feature Works on Android Nougat OS?As we are waiting for Android Nougat OS to get its official release date globally in the coming weeks, it’s good if we know something about this new OS, especially its new features.

So what’s the new stuff found on Android Nougat OS?

Actually, I’ve already mentioned a lot in my previous posts about the new features that you’re about to enjoy on the new Android Nougat OS.

To name a few, there are Night Mode, the dual split-screen mode, quick reply on notification, ‘Clear All’ button on ‘Recent Apps’, Redesigned Setting App and many other more.

However, there’s one feature, although small, but still deserves to get attention in Android Nougat OS. And that is the quick app switching feature.

Not many people know about it but I think this quick app switching can be one of the most favorite features on the new Android Nougat OS.

So as the name suggests, “quick app switching” indeed is a feature that allows users to switch really quickly from one app to another app in just 2 simple clicks.

With this feature, now you don’t need to go through the “Recent Apps” screen anymore to switch to another app because on Android Nougat OS, now you can go from one app to another app in “Recent Apps” in just 2 simple clicks.

How to Apply “Quick App Switching” Feature?

The first thing you should know is, your device must be running on Android Nougat OS in order to enjoy this feature. So this “quick app switching” feature is not available on Marshmallow OS.

This feature is actually not that hard to apply. In fact it’s really simple to do. You just need to press the “Recent Apps” button twice everytime you want to switch from one app to another app.

But of course, in order for this trick to work on your device, you must open more than one app.

So for example, you’re currently opening many apps at once, like Chrome, Google Play, Twitter and Instagram. If you open the “Recent Apps” screen, these apps will be shown as a pile of apps which you can scroll up and down to switch between them.

In order to apply this feature, you firstly need to choose one app that you want to use right now on the screen, say, Twitter app. So when you’re currently opening Twitter app on the screen, you can switch to another app by simply pressing the “Recent Apps” button twice.

When Can I Enjoy this Feature on my Smartphone or Tablet?

But you’re probably wondering when your device will be upgraded to Android Nougat OS, right?

And that’s because in order to enjoy this cool feature, your smartphone or tablet must be running on Android Nougat OS.

Well, this Android Nougat OS actually hasn’t been released yet by Google. In fact, Google hasn’t released the final build of Android Nougat OS to the market or to Android devices, only the beta versions for developer preview.

And the fact that many Android devices on the market are mostly still struggling to get Marshmallow and even Lollipop updates leaves a big question mark especially regarding the release date of Android Nougat OS to many of these older-gen devices.

So I think the chance for your device to get the upgrade to Android Nougat OS is pretty small here, especially given that most of manufacturers usually will put more focus on the next-gen devices they are about to release to the market, while leaving the older-current-gen devices in uncertainty, in terms of software updates.

How to enjoy this feature if my device won't be updated to Android Nougat?

But there’s actually a workaround for this. And that is by installing the custom ROM on your device based on Android Nougat OS, which probably will come out when the final build of Android Nougat OS is officially released by Google.

However, you must be well-experienced first in order to be able to do this because it requires rooting, installing custom recovery tool and so on. And there are consequences here, like loosing your warranty, suffering a bootloop and even brick on your device.

The good news

But the good news is, if your device is currently running on Android Marshmallow OS, there’s a huge chance that your smartphone or tablet will also be upgraded to Android Nougat OS in the coming months, although it still depends on the manufacturer that produces your device.

And that could happen because Android Nougat OS is actually not such a huge departure from the previous-gen Android Marshmallow OS, either in design and system. So it’s basically just a new improved Marshmallow OS but with new features and more improved system and apps.

So the best thing you need to do right now is wait because this Android Nougat OS hasn't even been released yet to market. And there’s still no single Android device on the market running on this Android Nougat OS.

How to Stop Notifications from Twitter App on Your Smartphone or Tablet?

How to Stop Notifications from Twitter App on Your Smartphone or Tablet?Twitter app has been one of the must-have apps on smartphone or tablet because you can get a lot of great things from it: like information, attractive contents and you can even meet new friends from all across over world.

However, Twitter app can be such a squeezer of your internet data because everytime you open it, there will be many contents like images or videos that are being loaded automatically, which of course uses your internet data a lot.

Not only that. Just like any other social media apps, this Twitter app can also waste your internet data and battery life because this app will always connect to the internet in the background for every few seconds to check if you receive a new mention, a new follower or a new direct message.

How to turn off notifications from Twitter app?

So how exactly to turn off the notifications from Twitter app so we can save internet data of our device and improve its battery life?

1. Open Twitter app

Well, it’s actually not really hard to cut off all the notifications from Twitter app, the first thing you need to do is open your Twitter app of course. If you currently use the latest version of this app, then as you can see, there are 3 tabs on the top of the screen: Home, mentions and direct message.

2. Open the Menu Option

If you’re indeed using the latest version of Twitter app, then you can definitely open the left menu option by swiping from left to the right. But you can actually open it simply by pressing your avatar on the TOP LEFT CORNER.

3. Select Setting

On the menu option, you can see there are some options here. Now tap on the Setting so you can start modifying the setting of your Twitter account.

4. Select ‘Notifications’

After selecting the option 'Setting', you will be brought to the next screen of setting, where you can do a lot of changes to your account, like your password, your privacy setting and many more.

Now select ‘Notifications’ in the option number 2 because this is where you can turn off notifications from Twitter so you will no longer receive any notification from this app to your device, which will save your internet data and improve battery life.

5. Select ‘Mobile Notifications’

As you can see on the screen, when you select ‘Notifications’, you will be taken to the page where you can modify the setting of your notifications. Now select the first option, ‘Mobile Notifications’.

6. Turn off Mobile Notifications

On the top of the screen, you will see the toggle that controls ‘Mobile Notifications’ of your Twitter app on your device. So all of the push notifications will pop up automatically on your device everytime you receive a mention, a new follower or a direct message.

Now in order to turn off all of these notifications from your device completely, you just need to tap on the toggle to turn it off. By doing so, you will no longer see any notification from the account you’re currently using on this app.

However, if you currently log in to multiple Twitter accounts on this app, then you must turn the notifications manually one by one, from every account.

So after you finish turning off the mobile notification of the account A, you will then do the same thing on the account B and so on.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my tips for you if you want to turn off the push notifications from your Twitter app. Hopefully you like what I just shared here in this post.

This is actually a good thing to do in order to slash the use of your internet data by a lot as well as to improve the longevity of your device. Besides, I think it’s pretty annoying to hear the notification ringtone everytime you get a mention, a new follower or direct message.

How to Stop Notifications from Instagram on Your Smartphone or Tablet?

How to Stop Notifications from Instagram on Your Smartphone or Tablet?Alongside Twitter, Facebook and other popular social media apps, Instagram has become one of the must-have apps on smartphone or tablet. Whether you like it or not, Instagram actually can be really fun to use especially when you’re in horrible mood or when you need some inspirations.

Well, that’s because on Instagram, you can see a lot of great inspiring photos and even videos taken by many Instagram users, which can be refreshing for your mind. But the most amazing thing about this app is, you can see a lot of new cool stuff or places that you haven't seen before.

However, just like Twitter and Facebook, the push notification feature on Instagram can be pretty annoying especially if you always receive a lot of ‘likes’ or new followers on your Instagram account.

And it will be much even worse if you open multiple accounts on this app. There is a lot more notifications that will pop up on your device every few minutes or even seconds.

So the question is, how to turn off the notification feature from your Instagram app?

Well, in default, Instagram already sets up your app to always notify you everytime you receive a new ‘like’ on your post, a new follower, a new direct message, a new comment or everything that just happened on your account.

This of course can ruin your mood especially if you’re trying to focus on doing something important like your homework or documents in your office.

This is why today, I would like to show you exactly how to turn off all the notifications from your Instagram app so you can live in peace from now on.

Actually, I’ve already showed you how to turn off the notification feature on Twitter and Facebook apps in my previous posts. So if you want to learn more about that, you can visit those articles.

1. Open your Instagram app

The first thing you need to do is of course open your Instagram app.

2. Open your profile page

Now that you’re on the timeline page where you can see a bunch of new photos from the people you follow. To change the setting of your account, first, press your own avatar/photo on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER on the screen.

3. Tap on the menu option

As you can see on the screen, you're on your own profile page. Now to open the setting of your Instagram app, tap on the menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER with Ξ logo on it. When you press it, it will bring you to the menu option where you can modify your account here, like your password, username or anything.

4. Select Push Notifications

In the list, now scroll down a little bit and select the “Push Notification” to modify the notification setting of this app.

5. Turn off all the notifications on your Instagram app

After choosing “Push Notifications”, you can see that there are some settings that each of them will control each different notification on your Instagram app.

To turn them all off completely so you’ll no longer see any notification from this app, select the option “Off” on each of the notification section on the screen, such as: “Likes”, “Comments”, “Follower Requests”, “Accepted Follower Requests” and so on. All of them.

But if you still want to see other notifications from your Instagram app, you can easily turn off the notifications that you don't want to see on your smartphone such as: “Likes” and “Comments”.

6. Exit the app and you’re good to go

Okay, now you just finished turning off the push notification from your Instagram app. What you should do next is exit the app. From now on, you will no longer see and hear any annoying notification ringtone everytime you get a new ‘Like’, a new comment, a new direct message and other stuff from your Instagram app.

Conclusion

Well, there you go guys, my tips to turn off push notifications from your Instagram app. Hopefully you find this article useful and informative.

I actually think that it’s not necessary for you to turn off this notification feature completely if there’s not much going on on your account. I mean, if your account don't get many likes, followers or comments, I think it's fine to let this notification feature be activated.

However, turning off this push notification on Instagram app can actually save your data and improve the battery life of your smartphone or tablet because there will be no activity triggered by this Instagram app anymore on your device.

How to Stop Notifications From Facebook App on Your Smartphone or Tablet?

How to Stop Notifications From Facebook App on Your Smartphone or Tablet?I think it’s really mind blowing to see how popular Facebook has become in just a couple of years. And now this social media website is becoming much bigger than ever all thanks to its app which can be found on any devices like smartphones, tablets or even wearable.

Now almost everyone you know, either your friends, family members or maybe the people in your office, all have their own Facebook app on their device.

Anyway, on Facebook app, you can do a bunch of things like reading the latest timeline in your Facebook account, checking out other profiles and many other stuff that you can also do on Facebook's website.

However, there is something that in my opinion is pretty annoying about Facebook app. It’s actually similar just like on other social media apps. And that is the push notification feature.

So this push notification on Facebook app will keep popping up on your smartphone or tablet everytime you receive a new comment, a new friend request or when you’re being tagged in the photos.

Even though it’s great to be notified about something that just happened on your Facebook account, over the time, I think the ringtone of this push notification can a bit annoying to hear especially when you’re trying to focus on something important like your homework or documents at your office.

So the question is, how exactly to turn off this push notification from Facebook app?

Well, it’s actually not that hard to do that. But I think, compared to Twitter or Instagram, turning off the push notification on Facebook is a bit complicated because Facebook has more organized setting page than Twitter or Instagram.

This is why today, I would like to show you how exactly to turn off the push notification from your Facebook app so you will no longer receive any notification on your device everytime something happens on your Facebook account.

1. Open your Facebook app

Okay, the first thing you should do, is of course open your Facebook app.

2. Open the menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER

As you can see, there is a menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER with Ξ logo on it. Now tap it to open the menu option of Facebook app.

3. Scroll down and select “Account Setting”

After pressing the menu option, you will be shown with the long list of options. Now scroll down to the bottom of the list and select “Account Setting”. You will be brought to the setting page of your account.

4. Select Notifications

Now that you want to set the push notifications off so it will no longer give you any notification everytime something happens in your Facebook. To do this, select “Notifications” in the list because this is where you can manually control all the push notification settings on your Facebook app.

5. Select Mobile

In the Notifications setting page, there is a bunch of options provided to you so you can set each of different notification on Facebook app.

But if you want to turn off only the push notification that usually pops up on your smartphone everytime you receive a new comment, a new post or a new friend, then you only need to change the notifications setting on “Mobile”.

Okay, now select “Mobile” in the list.

6. Turn off all types of notifications by tapping on each post on the screen

As you can see, on the bottom area, this app will show you some posts that you usually receive in your timeline. In order to stop these notifications from popping out again on your smartphone or tablet, you just need to tap on each of the posts presented on the screen.

Okay, now tap on each of the posts on the bottom area.

Conclusion

Well, there you go guys, my tips for you if you want to turn off the notification feature from your Facebook app. So from now on, you will no longer see any annoying pop-up notification from this app on your device.

I know that there are still some other notifications that might appear on your device, but I believe they are important notifications that you don’t wanna miss like your friends’ birthdays, their activities and other more.

But if you want to turn them off completely, you can do that on the setting page I've already showed you above.

Okay then, hopefully you like what I just shared to you in this post. And if you feel that this article is helpful and informative to you, please don’t hesitate to share it to your friends or your followers by pressing the social media buttons on this page.

I would totally appreciate it guys!

How to Download Youtube Videos Using Smartphone or Tablet on Mozilla Firefox App?

How to Download Youtube Videos on Mozilla Firefox App Using Smartphone or Tablet?As you know already, downloading videos from YouTube using PC or laptop is not such a difficult thing to do thanks to many great 'YouTube Downoader' add-ons found on Mozilla Firefox web browser.

So if you’re currently using Firefox as your daily web browser on your laptop or PC, then you can easily download online videos either on YouTube or other flash-based websites by using these 'YouTube Downoader' add-ons on your Firefox browser.

To name a few, there are many great add-ons like 1-Click YouTube Video Downloader, FlashGot, NetVideo Hunter and many other more, which you can find all of them on Firefox add-ons website.

However, all of these add-ons are only available on the PC or laptop versions of Mozilla Firefox, not the smartphone or tablet version.

How Exactly to Download YouTube videos with Smartphone or Tablet?

So the question is, how to download videos on YouTube using our smartphone or tablet?

Well, the answer is actually pretty similar just like what I’ve mentioned already in the beginning of this post. Yup – the answer is by using 'YouTube Downoader' add-on on Mozilla Firefox browser on Android.

But how exactly to do that?

This is why today I’m really happy to share to you how exactly I always download videos from YouTube using my smartphone.

I want to let you know that it is possible to download videos from YouTube and even from other websites without using your PC or laptop anymore. You can now simply do that also using your own smartphone or tablet.

Okay then, below I’m gonna show to you how exactly I do that.

1. Download Mozilla Firefox on Android from Google Play Store

Okay so first and foremost, you must firstly have Mozilla Firefox web browser installed on your smartphone or tablet.

Don’t you worry, just like the PC and laptop versions, the mobile version of Firefox web browser is also free to download. You can simply go to Google Play Store and then find Mozilla Firefox web browser.

It’s worth mentioning that on Google Play Store, there are 2 versions of Mozilla Firefox web browser. The first one carrying the name “Mozilla Firefox” is the main and standard version of the app.

Meanwhile, the second one is called “Mozilla Firefox Beta”, but this is not the beta version of the app. As a matter of fact, it is also the same full version of ‘Mozilla Firefox on Android’ app, similar just like the main version of “Mozilla Firefox” app.

However, in this “Mozilla Firefox Beta”, you can see some new features or new looks/design that will likely be added on the main version of this app.

But all depends on the feedback from developers or users who use “Mozilla Firefox Beta” on their devices. Do they like the new features or do they not like them?

2. Find Add-ons for Mozilla Firefox app

Okay, after you finish downloading Mozilla Firefox app on your smartphone or tablet, now go the Firefox add-on website. You can actually do that simply by pressing the menu option on the TOP RIGHT (with Ξ logo on it) > Tools > and selecting ‘Add-ons’ on the menu option.

Once you press that option, you will be taken to the add-on page of your Mozilla Firefox app. Here you’ll find all the add-ons that you have downloaded and installed on this web browser.

If you want to start downloading add-ons for your Mozilla Firefox app, now press the option “Browse All Firefox Add-ons”.

Once you select that, with internet connection activated, you will be directed to the Firefox Add-ons website, but the smartphone/tablet version, not the full-fledged PC/laptop version of the website.

So on this website, all the add-ons available here are specifically made for smartphones or tablets.

3. Find ‘YouTube Downloader 4K Downloader’ add-on

There are actually not many YouTube Downloader add-ons available on this website, unlike the PC/laptop version that has tons of it.

But I think the best YouTube downloader add-on for Mozilla Firefox on smartphone/tablet is the one called ‘YouTube Downloader 4K Downloader’.

But make sure that you only download this add-on and don’t download other YouTube downloader add-ons because it will just ruin the system everytime you download video on YouTube.

Usually, if you download 2 YouTube Downloader add-ons, when you try to download a YouTube video, Mozilla will download this video twice, even if you only press the download link once. And this of course will waste a lot of your internet data, especially if you download long videos.

4. Press the download button of the add-on

Okay, after you press ‘YouTube Downloader 4K Downloader’ in the search results, you will be taken to the main page of this add on. Now press 'Add to Firefox' to start downloading this add-on to your Mozilla Firefox app.

It’s gonna take a few seconds or 1 minute until this add-on finishes being downloaded by the system. But remember to NOT press anything or go back to the previous page during the downloading process because once you press 'Add to Firefox', the system will download this add-on in the background.

So it will not tell you or show you the downloading process of this add-on. It seems like nothing happens on the screen, which is not correct because this web browser is trying to download this add-on in the background.

Anyway, once the downloading process is complete, Mozilla Firefox web browser will prompt you the installation window. Now press ‘Install’ and wait a few seconds until the system asks you to restart the web browser. It will pop up on the top of the screen, below the address bar.

And once the option to restart pops up, press it and let Mozilla Firefox app restart itself and install the add-on when the app opens again.

5. Download YouTube video

Okay, now it’s the most important part of this tutorial, which is downloading YouTube videos using the add-on.

Now go to YouTube.com and find your favorite video that you would like to download to your smartphone or tablet.

If you have found the video you want to download, now go to the page of that YouTube video. Once Firefox finishes loading the page, usually there will be a blue arrow pointing down in address bar.

But if you can’t see this logo, you can also press the menu option inside the address bar on the right (arrow pointing down).

If you press it, there will be some options presented to you in the list. Right on the bottom of the list, select the last option ‘Download Media’.

Once you press it, a new page will be opened on a new tab. On this new tab, there will be plenty options of video formats which you can pick and start downloading to your smartphone or tablet.

I usually pick the option ‘MP4 format with 360p resolution (Low)’. Of course it’s not the sharpest, but if you’re bit low on data, I strongly suggest you to pick this format because it’s not going to squeeze a lot of your internet data but it still looks good.

However, if you have plenty of data to use at your disposal, you can also get a much sharper video format with 720p resolution.

6. View the downloaded videos

Okay, after the downloading process is complete, you can actually view that video directly from the notification window. However, if you want to know where the video is located on your device, you can just open file manager app and then find the folder called ‘Download’ in the root directory.

There you will find the video that you just downloaded earlier. So all of the videos that you download using Mozilla Firefox app can be found here in this folder.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my secret tips for you if you want to download videos from YouTube website using your smartphone or tablet.

However, not all YouTube videos can be downloaded with this add-on by the way. It depends on the setting that YouTubers/uploaders use for their uploaded videos.

Anyway, VEVO videos cannot be downloaded with the mobile version of Mozilla Firefox app using any add-on.

So if you want to download VEVO music videos, you must use the laptop version of Firefox browser with your laptop of course and use add-ons like 1-Click YouTube Video Downloader, FlashGot, NetVideo Hunter and many other more.

But if you still insist to download VEVO videos using your smartphone, you can just go the VEVO.com website and then find the videos you would like to download.

Bear in mind that the only available format that you can download on VEVO.com website is MP4 (360p) format. So there are no HD 720p or 1080p formats here.

Stay tuned for more about Firefox add-ons

Anyway, there’s actually a lot of cool add-ons that you can use on Mozilla Firefox app on your smartphone or tablet. But I’m going to share them all in the next posts in the coming days. So be sure to stick around on this website if you’re interested.

How to Turn Off Images When Browsing with Mozilla Firefox on Smartphone or Tablet?

How to block images on Mozilla Firefox on Android?Browsing the net is definitely a lot more fun to do if you can also view interesting pictures on the web pages you're currently visiting. Not only will it make your browsing experience more pleasing, but it can also give you a better understanding about the content you’re reading.

So for example, if you’re reading an article about Apple iPad Pro, then you definitely want to see the actual iPad Pro, right?

Or maybe you’re reading the news about a new species of animal, then you will also want to see the actual picture of that animal because you want to see what it looks like.

That’s the reason why images can be so important when browsing the web.

However, turning ON the images on web pages will also squeeze a lot of your internet data because everytime your web browser loads the web page, it will also load the images on the web page entirely, from top to bottom, header to footer, especially the ones in the content.

So the best way to cut off the use of your internet data is of course by turning off the images from being loaded on your web browser. By doing this, you can still read contents on the web pages without loading their images.

How to Block Images from Being Loaded on Mozilla Firefox?

So, how exactly to turn OFF images on Mozilla Firefox app?

Well, it’s actually easy to block images when browsing with Mozilla Firefox app. You can simply do that by tapping on the menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER > Setting > Advanced > and selecting “Blocked” in 'Show Images'.

However, using this method is actually not really efficient because everytime you want to block the images from being loaded on the web page you’re visiting, you will always need to go through the Setting > Advanced and so on, which can be time wasting.

So is there any other way to turn off the images from being loaded on Mozilla Firefox app without going through the Setting?

Luckily, there is. And that’s by using an add-on called “Mobile Image Blocker”.

What is “Mobile Image Blocker” and how it works?

So yeah, if you haven’t known already, on the mobile app version of Mozilla Firefox, you can also use a bunch of add-ons to enhance the functionality of this web browser. And ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ is one of the useful add-ons which you can get on Firefox add-on website.

Anyway, as its name implies, ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ indeed is an add-on that you use to block the images entirely from being loaded on any website you’re visiting.

So with this add-on activated, you can instantly view the web page without any image on it, which can cut off the use of your internet data by a lot.


1. Go to Firefox add-on website

So the first thing you need to do is go to Mozilla Firefox add-on website because that’s where you can find ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ add-on. But you don’t need to type in address bar because you can straightly go to Firefox add-on website simply by tapping the menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER > Tools > Add-ons > and selecting 'Browse all Firefox Add-ons'.


2. Download ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ add-on

On Firefox add-on website, now type in the search field ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ and then download it by tapping on 'Add to Firefox'. It usually takes a few seconds until the final installation button pops up on the screen. So don’t do or press anything after you tap on that download button. Just wait a few seconds until the installation window pops up.


3. Activate ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ add-on

Okay, correct me if I’m wrong but usually, after the installation process is complete, you can use this add-on right away. So you don’t need to restart the web browser.

Anyway, to activate this add-on, you just need to open the menu option on the TOP RIGHT CORNER and then tick off the small box of ‘Mobile Image Blocker’.


4. Test the add-on to see if it works or not

After activating ‘Mobile Image Blocker’, now you can try this add-on by visiting any website. If it works properly, you can see that on the web page, there’s no image being loaded here.

However, if you want to turn ON the images again, you can simply tap on the small box of ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ again on the menu option.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys. That’s my tutorial if you want to turn off images when browsing the web with Mozilla Firefox app. I know that you can also turn off the images on Mozilla Firefox through the Setting, but I think it’s not really efficient for me.

So this is why I think ‘Mobile Image Blocker’ can be the best solution for that.

On other browser like Opera Mini, you can also turn off the images through the menu option (Opera icon on the bottom) > Data Saving > Images.

Unfortunately, Opera mini doesn’t allow user to use add-on just like on the PC/laptop version. So I think it’s best to deactivate the images permanently on Opera Mini.

Anyway guys, hope you like what I just shared above. And if you find this useful and informative, please kindly share this article to your friends or family by using the social media buttons on this page. I would totally appreciate it.

How to Activate Dual Split-Screen Multitasking Mode on Android Nougat OS?

How to Activate Dual Split-Screen Multitasking Mode on Android Nougat OS?Some of you here already know that Android Nougat OS has one really awesome feature that have been waited for so long by many Android users out there. In fact, this feature is one of the best improvements that ever happened to Android Operating System.

Yes – it is the multitasking or dual split-screen mode.

So besides ‘Data Saver’ and ‘Night Mode’ which I’ve already showed you in the previous posts, this dual split-screen mode is also one of the features that you’re about to enjoy on your Android device in the coming months, but of course, if your device gets upgraded to Android Nougat OS.

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As the name of this feature suggests, yes, dual split-screen mode is the feature which allows you to activate 2 different apps on the screen at the same time.

So yes, with this feature, you can deploy 2 apps of your choice and then use them both simultaneously on the same screen. Isn’t that awesome, huh?

However, despite being a ground-breaking feature on Android OS, this dual split-screen actually has been around through some devices like Samsung GALAXY Note series and Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro tablets released a few years ago.

So once this feature is activated, you’ll get to choose 2 apps you would like to use on the same screen simultaneously. And if you want to change the size of each app, you can just drag the pointer in the middle, to any position according to your liking.

However, on Android Nougat OS, this dual-split screen works differently than the one found on Samsung GALAXY Note and Tab Pro series.

So in order to activate this feature, there’s a bunch of tricks that have been programmed by Google Android team so users can have an easy and quick access whenever they want to turn ON this dual split-screen on any screen.

Anyway, in the following list below, I would like to share to you some of the methods that you can apply on your device in order to activate the dual multitasking split-screen mode.

Okay then, without further ado, here they are.

By Dragging the Title Bar on 'Recent Apps' Screen

So the very first method to activate this dual split-screen mode is by dragging the title bar on any app that you would like to use in split-screen mode, either on top or bottom position.

However, in order for this trick to work, you must firstly go to the ‘Recent Apps’ screen by pressing the ‘Recent Apps’ button (using the right capacitive button).

Once you are in the ‘Recent Apps’ screen, you will see a pile of apps that you’re currently using on your device which you can scroll up or bottom to pick between any of them.

So if you want to enter the dual split-screen mode, you simply press the ‘title bar’ of any app on the ‘Recent Apps’ screen, and then drag the title bar on top or bottom position according to your preference.

For example, you want to use Chrome web browser in the dual split-screen mode. So all you need to do is press the 'Chrome' title bar, and then drag it to any position you want, top or bottom position on the screen.

When you are doing this, you will see a transparent effect which indicates that the app you’re dragging right now will be placed either on top of the dual-split screen mode or bottom, according to your choice.

So when you’re still deciding whether to put the Chrome browser on top or bottom, you will see a transparent effect appear on the back which will follow your finger everywhere when you are dragging the app.

And when you release the title bar, that Chrome app will enter to the dual split-screen mode automatically and this app will be placed on the position where you release the title bar.

Meanwhile, on the second screen, it will still show you the ‘Recent Apps’ screen so you can then pick the second app you would like to use to accompany the Chrome web browser in dual split-screen mode.

This trick is actually pretty reclusive and I don’t think many non-geeky users would know how to activate this feature using this method.

So Google probably will make some tutorials in the beginning or intro of homescreen especially about how to use some important features like dual split-screen mode on this new Android Nougat OS.

By Sliding the Right Capacitive Button to the Top Direction

So there’s also another interesting method to activate this dual split-screen mode. It’s actually much easier and quicker than the first method aforementioned above. So you just need to press the 'Recent Apps' button on the right and then slide/drag it to the top.

Once you do that, the dual split-screen mode will be activated on the screen. And on the bottom or the second screen, it will show you the ‘Recent Apps’ where you can pick which app you would like to use in split-screen mode.

So for example, when you’re currently reading article on Chrome web browser and you want to open another app in split-screen mode, you can simply press the right button and then slide/drag it to the top.

And when you do that, the split-screen mode will be opened showing you the ‘Recent Apps’ screen on the bottom. And from there, you can pick any app you would like to use as the second app in dual split-screen mode to accompany the Chrome web browser you already open before.

However, in order to activate this trick, you must firstly go to System UI Tuner' through the Setting. And from there, you can finally activate this method.

By pressing the Right Capacitive Button for a Few Seconds

The third or the last trick to activate this dual split-screen mode is by pressing the 'Recent Apps' button (the right button) for a few seconds and voila…the dual split-screen will be activated on the screen.

This method was actually just introduced in the latest beta build of Android Nougat OS released a couple of weeks ago for developer preview.

And it will likely end up being used as the main method to activate this feature. It’s mainly because this method is much easier to apply and I believe majority users will know how to use this trick through simple learning curves while using the device.

Conclusion

So there you go guys, the 3 methods to activate the dual multitasking split-screen mode on your devices running Android Nougat OS.

Although many users will end up using one of these tricks above, not all of them, I think it’s still awesome how we can apply some different methods to activate this feature, which will surely enhance the whole experience of using our device, right?

9 Simple Tips to Magically Improve the Battery Life of Your Tablet or Smartphone

Who doesn’t want a tablet or smartphone with strong battery life? Well, everyone definitely wants a device that can last all day, especially for doing some heavy stuff like gaming or video watching.

It’s useless if your tablet or smartphone has all great specs and powerful performance, but its battery life will always drain really fast and keep begging to get recharged during the day. It’d totally ruin the experience of using the device itself.

Imagine what if you have an appointment with your business partner at some place you barely know but you cannot contact that person using your smartphone because its battery life is about to die.

Or what if someone enters into your house without your permission but you cannot call police because your phone is already dead, thanks to your carelessness for not recharging it last night?

Well, that sucks, right?

That’s why, it’s really important to have a tablet or smartphone that you can totally count on everyday especially in some urgent situations.

But the question is, how exactly to improve the battery life of our smartphone or tablet?

Well, there are actually tons of ways you can apply on your device in order to improve its battery life.

This is why today I would like to share to you my own personal tips that hopefully will magically improve the battery life of your tablet or smartphone, even if it has small battery capacity.

Okay then, without further ado, in the following list below, I’m gonna share to you my 10 simple tips that I always apply on my device in order to make its battery life last really long without recharging during the day.

Hopefully, all of these tips below will help you as well with your own device.

1. Don’t use active widgets on homescreen.

Okay, who doesn’t like to use active real-time widgets like Twitter or Gmail widgets on homescreen?

Well, thanks to these useful widgets, you can always get updated really fast when there are new tweets from your Twitter timeline or when you receive new emails in your Gmail inbox.

However, despite being really useful to give quick updates to user, these active real-time widgets are actually killing the battery life of your device every few minutes.

And that's because for every new update that the system sends to these widgets, it always requires internet connection of your device in order to download the latest data to the widget. And this is happening in the background in every few seconds when your internet is activated.

So I think it's best for you to stop using active real-time widgets from now on if you want to get better longer battery life out of your device.

2. Don’t use apps that are secretly running in the background

So recently, actually a couple of months ago, I decided to download a RAM cleaning app called Clean Master because I thought this app would really help me clean the memory RAM of my phone when there are lags in its performance.

So if you haven't known already, Clean Master is a RAM management or cleaning app that basically does its job to remove or force-close all the junks in memory like web browser’s cache and active apps in order to improve performance and battery life.

But turned out, ever since I used this app, my phone suffered from overheating issues even when I’m not using the phone. And this of course caused the battery to drain much even faster.

So if you want to clean the memory/RAM of your device, I strongly suggest you to use other RAM cleaning app that’s only assigned to clean memory, not do other things in the background like Clean Master app does.

And it actually worked out really well ever since I removed this app from my device. It didn’t suffer from overheating anymore and the battery life lasted much longer in one day.

3. Always clean all the running apps in “Recent Apps” window

Every time I look at other people’s phones, I’m always baffled of why they love keeping a lot of apps opened on the “Recent Apps” screen, even when they are not using most of them.

This is actually one of the many causes why your battery life drains much faster because all of the apps that are running on “Recent Apps” screen, especially the ones that use internet connection, will keep downloading the latest data to the apps every few seconds or minutes.

So if you want your smartphone or tablet to last really long in one day, you have to develop the habit to always close or remove every app everytime you finish using it, every one of them. This means, you don’t leave any single app opened on “Recent Apps” screen.

The good thing is, on the latest Android Nougat update, Google finally adds the “Clear All” button on the “Recent Apps” screen, making it easier for users to remove all the apps altogether in one single click.

But if your device is not eligible to receive the Android Nougat OS, you can still remove all the apps on “Recent Apps” screen one by one by sliding the apps to the left or right.

4. Always turn off data/internet connection when you don't need it

Most of smartphone or tablet users usually will keep the internet connection on their devices activated all the time. So they never turn OFF their internet connection maybe because they always want to be notified when there is a new message or update from social media apps like WhatsApp, Twitter or Facebook.

However, despite this convenience, letting the internet connection of your device activated all the time actually can be the culprit of why your device doesn’t last very long in one day.

So if you let your internet connection be active all day long, it allows all the apps on your device to keep downloading updates for every few seconds. And this of course is squeezing a lot of power in the battery because your smartphone is forced to work very hard every single second.

That’s why if you want to have a long lasting battery life out of your smartphone or tablet, you must always disable the internet connection everytime you don’t need it.

I know that on Lollipop OS, the feature for quick data toggle has been removed by Google. But you can actually revive it again from the dead by using my secret trick I’ve already shared a couple of weeks ago. But of course, your device must be rooted first in order to enjoy this feature again on Lollipop OS.

But if you are hesitant to root your device or don't have any clue about rooting, then you can still turn off your internet data by going through Setting > Data Usage and from there, you can tap on data toggle.

5. Always turn off WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS when not needed

Besides the internet connection, the other features that don’t need to be activated all the time are GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. These features, especially WIFi, really squeeze a lot of juice in the battery.

So everytime you don’t really need any of these features, you must always disable them manually through the notification window on the top. This will help a lot increase the longevity of your device.

6. Don’t use live wallpaper

Okay, everyone definitely loves to use live wallpapers on their devices. They make the homescreen of your device look nicer and attractive.

However, using live wallpaper obviously will make your device work much harder because the animation of live wallpaper are always active everytime you’re using your device.

Of course, for other smartphones that have huge batteries or great power-saving features, using live wallpaper definitely doesn't have any impact to the battery life. But for other smartphones with small battery capacities, I think it’s best to use regular static image as the wallpaper in order to reduce the power consumption.

7. Don’t set the screen brightness too high

Setting the brightness at the highest level of course will make the screen look nicer and clearer, allowing you to use your device even under the sun.

However, using this high-level brightness will also bring much heavier task to the processor of your device, which will squeeze a lot of power from the battery.

So if you want to improve the battery life of your device, you can simply set the brightness of your device at normal level around 40% or 50%. But of course, the lower, the better.

8. Don’t deploy a lot of widgets on homescreen

I think the easiest way to make your tablet or smartphone long lasting in battery life is by not using a lot of widgets on the homescreen. I know this tip sounds pretty cliche, but it's true.

Personally, I only use 2 widgets on the homescreen of my smartphone. The first one is the photo gallery widget, while the second one is just the widget that shows clock and date with customized background.

As a result, the battery life of my smartphone always lasts really long in one day, even for doing some heavy tasks like for watching movies or playing PSP games.

9. Don’t use email client apps

Using email client apps like Gmail or Yahoo Mail is of course really helpful because everytime you receive new emails, these apps will instantly notify you through pop-up notifications that appear on top of the screen.

However, even though they are great in giving updates, using these apps actually will have a huge impact to the battery life of your device.

And that's because these apps will keep downloading new data every few seconds in the background, especially if your internet connection is always activated all the time.

So I think the best way to reduce the power consumption of your device is by not using any of these email client apps on your smartphone or tablet.

You can actually check out your emails on Gmail or Yahoo Mail by using simple web browsers like Opera mini because it’s really efficient with data usage when browsing. So not only can you improve battery life, but you also save your internet data.

My Last Word

Well, those are my 9 simple tips that hopefully will improve the battery life of your tablet or smartphone significantly.

I know that there are many apps like battery saving apps or memory management apps that can also help make your device more efficient with battery life.

However, not all of these apps are doing their job properly as marketed by developers. Some of them even drain the battery life much faster and also cause overheating on the device. So it becomes useless to use these apps.

This is why, if you want to magically increase the longevity of your smartphone or tablet, you just need to apply all of my simple tips above. It’s not hard to do and they also don’t cost any of your money.

Anyway, hopefully all of the tips above are helpful and informative to you. And if that’s true, please don’t hesitate to press the share buttons to let other people know about this article and also my website. I would really appreciate your effort here.

Android Nougat's name is official. Here are 12 new features you can expect from this new update

Android Nougat OS is about to roll out. Here are 12 new features that you can expect from this new OS updateJust a couple of hours ago, Google through its official Android Twitter account just made Android N official. The “N” letter in Android N apparently stands for Nougat, not Nutella that has been echoing around the internet or YouTube for the past few months.

But what exactly will be improved or tweaked on this Android Nougat OS especially compared to predecessor? And what are the new fresh features that will be introduced on this Android Nougat update? What makes this Android Nougat OS better than Lollipop OS?

Android Nougat's name is official
Today, we have compiled many of new stuff that you are about to enjoy on your Android device of course once it gets updated to Android Nougat OS.

Okay then, without further long introduction, here they go, 12 new features and improvement that have been prepared on the latest and greatest Android Nougat OS.

1. Clear All button on Multitasking/Recent apps screen

On Android Lollipop OS, we usually have to slide the apps that we want to close one by one through the “Recent Apps” screen. And for some people, this can be quite annoying. Luckily, on this new Android Nougat OS, there is a new “Clear All” button which enables you to remove all of the apps on the “Recent Apps” screen in one simple click.

2. Dual-multitasking split-screen Mode

Android Nougat OS is about to roll out. Here are 12 new features that you can expect from this new OS update
One of the most awaited features on Android Nougat OS is definitely the split-screen mode which allows Android users to open 2 apps on the screen at the same time. This feature actually has been around on some older devices like Samsung GALAXY Note or Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro 8.4 released a couple of years ago.

But now, all of Android users can enjoy this feature on their devices, of course if their smartphones or tablets are eligible for Android Nougat update.

The trick is actually quite simple. And it can be activated using a bunch of methods. So for example, when you’re currently on Chrome browser and you also want to open another app on the same screen, you can simply hold the “Recent Apps” button for a few seconds, and voila… you are entering the split-screen mode.

The screen will automatically be divided in 2 and on the second multitasking screen on the bottom, it will show the “Recent Apps” screen which you can choose any app that you would like to use in the split-screen mode.

In the first beta build of Android N that Google released a couple of months ago, you can actually enter to the split-screen mode right from “Recent Apps” screen by pressing the top bar of any app for a few seconds, and then drag it either on top or bottom in order to put that app in split-screen mode.

The second trick is, you can activate this split-screen mode by pressing the “Recent Apps” button and then slide it to the top.

In this feature, you can also resize the split-screen of both apps by dragging the pointer/border either from top to bottom or the other way around. And if you want to remove any of these apps from the split-screen, you can just drag the pointer away from the screen.

This split-screen feature also works in landscape mode. So whenever you turn your device around in landscape mode, this split-screen mode will automatically turn into landscape mode.

Anyway, a lot of apps probably won’t work properly and need to get tweaked by developers before this Android N actually releases.

3. App switching with double tap on “Recent Apps” button

Besides the split-screen mode, Android Nougat OS also introduces the new trick to switch from one app to another app by pressing “Recent Apps” button twice. Of course, you need to first open more than one app in order for this trick to work.

4. The Night Mode

The Night Mode is also one of the coolest new features being added to Android Nougat OS. With this feature, you can turn the background of all pre-installed apps (like setting, etc) from the standard white into black.


Meanwhile, the text will also turn color into white so you’ll able to read the text on the dark background. Anyway, you can activate this feature right away from Setting, go to System UI Tuner, and the Night Mode can be found there.

5. You can reply directly on the pop-up notification

It’s really great if we can reply directly to every message, either text message (SMS) or even email everytime the notification pops up on the screen. And the good news is, now you can have this feature on Android Nougat.

So everytime you want to reply to every new text message or email, you don’t need to go into Gmail or Messaging apps. You can simply type your reply right away on the notification itself. And once you finish with your reply, the notification will disappear from the screen.

You can also set every notification that pops up on the screen in silent mode by pressing down the pop-up notification and select the silent mode. So the next time this specific notification pops up on the screen, you won’t hear any notification ringtone from this message. But you can also block it from your screen permanently if you don’t want to see anymore notification from specific app.

6. Redesigned Notification Window

The notification window has now been redesigned by Google Android team through Nougat update.

So whenever you open the notification trays, a bunch of toggle icons will show up on the top taskbar first. But if you want to open the whole notification window, you must slide it again the second time. This of course will make it easier for us to turn on and off flashlight without opening the whole notification window.

You can also move each toggle to any position you want by dragging the toggle around the notification window. And if you don’t like some of the toggles, you can also remove these toggles and replace them with other ones that you’ll likely use the most.

7. The new “Share”, “Delete” and “Clear All” button on Notification window

The new Android Nougat OS also introduces the new “Share” and “Delete” buttons on notification window, which will show up everytime you receive a message that has more text or content in it.

And there is also the “Clear All” button on the bottom which of course enables you to remove all of the notifications in one simple click, which is really useful if you don’t like seeing too many notifications on the trays.

8. Redesigned Setting app

Google Android team has also redesigned the Setting app on Android Nougat OS by giving more information on every part of the setting.

So for example, when you scroll down to the “Sound” setting, there is the information about the level of sound volume right below the word “Sound”. It goes the same with other settings like Security, Data Usage, etc.

Beside of that, there’s also the new navigation on the left which you can slide open from left to the right directly on Setting app. This left navigation will give you an easy quick access to every part of the Setting page like Security, Sound, etc, without scrolling down the main setting page.

9. Better Doze

Doze has also been improved by Google through this Android Nougat update. So it will of course improve the battery life of our device when we put it inside our pocket.

10. Data Saver

There’s a new feature called “Data Saver” which enables you to restrict each of the apps you have installed on your tablet or smartphone so they will be blocked entirely from using the internet connection on your device. This feature actually has been around since a couple of years ago on some older-gen devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone through MIUI 5 OS. So I think Google is kind of late in the game.

11. New themes on Google stock Android Keyboard

The other new stuff that I like the most from Android Nougat is the ability for us to change the theme of default Google keyboard. You can now pick a bunch of colors like pink, red and even your own photo as the background of the keyboard.

And you can also set the border of every key on the keyboard, which is really awesome. But this border feature actually has been the part of Android Lollipop OS if you choose “Holo White” as the theme of your Google keyboard, instead of “Material Dark”.

12. New and more attractive emoji icons

If you love using emoticons when you’re tweeting on Twitter or chatting with your friend on messaging app, then you’re gonna love what Android Nougat has to offer for you. So in this update, Google has added a plenty of new emoji icons. There are some new professional emoticons like police officer icons, etc that will surely enhance the experience of texting.

Conclusion

So there you go, 12 of the new features that you’re gonna enjoy on Android Nougat when it starts rolling out in the next couple of weeks or months. This Android Nougat OS is actually not such a big change from Android Marshmallow OS. But I think it’s really cool to see some new exciting stuff being added and some features being improved to enhance the experience of using the device itself.

Anyway, besides these 12 new features, on Android Nougat OS, there are actually tons of other new tweaks and improvements found in this update like a more improved performance when the apps launch and run.

Not to mention, games on this Android Nougat OS are also expected to run much better, smoother and the most importantly, consume less power in the battery.

So hopefully, the devices that are eligible to receive Android Nougat OS will show a lot of improvements in performance, multitasking, notification and of course, battery life.

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