How to Format an External SD Card on Galaxy S9 / S8 / Note 9

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An external SD card is great for storing your camera photos and videos while the apps should be installed on internal storage of your Android phone or tablet. When you insert a new SD card into your phone and even more the used one, you’d better format it. Your phone won’t prompt you to erase your SD card. That’s why you need to format it manually using the Android Settings app. This is highly recommended to prevent glitches of the file system. Besides that this will erase all unnecessary information stored by previous device and delete all possible malware. If you just insert your memory card into the phone or tablet it may work fine but it will likely contain folders created by the operating system itself and apps that were installed there. Here is how to manually format an SD card on Galaxy S9/S9+ under Android 8. Also here you will learn how to unmount and eject your external storage. Continue reading

How to Remove Bixby Home Screen on Samsung Galaxy S9, S8 or Note Devices

Bixby Home

I know, that many of you don’t like or don’t need Bixby. Personally I prefer Google Assistant, I like it very much (especially its default voice) and I got used to using it in general. So I just don’t have any motivation to change it for something else. I don’t try to say that Bixby is bad but obviously it is not so cool as Google Assistant or at least Siri.

As you might know, it is possible to turn off the Bixby button. There even exists a method to do it without installing any third-party apps. But it is necessary to log in to your Samsung account because if you are not authorized you can’t neither use Bixby nor change its settings. Let’s say you have disabled the dedicated Bixby button. But every time you accidentally get on its screen you still start hearing that annoying “Hi! I’m Bixby!” and then it asks you to log in or register. Here is how to remove Bixby home screen from your Galaxy device. We will show it on our Galaxy S9 running Android 8 with Samsung experience launcher. Continue reading

How to Set Wi-Fi Network as Metered or Unmetered on Android 9

Metered Connected Wi-Fi Android 9

You can tell your Android 9 treat Wi-Fi network metered or unmetered depending on what kind of network it is. By default all Wi-Fi connections are treated as unmetered because in most cases Android gadgets connect to wireless routers at home or office that are connected to a common ISP via Ethernet and are using an ordinary unlimited data plan.

But there can be different cases. For example, if you connect your Android device to the wireless network created by another phone you will connect to the Internet via the cellular data of that phone. Thus, you may want your device to treat the current Wi-Fi network as metered not to waste remote phone’s traffic in vain. Once you marked a certain wireless network as a metered connection, your Android will try to download and upload less data through it. And here is how to do it.  Continue reading

How to Stop Battery Draining on Android 9. Tips and Tricks

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Factors affecting battery drain and how to make Android phone or tablet work longer on a single battery change

The first parameter that you recall when it comes to the duration of your phone’s operation from a single charge is the battery capacity. Today the most phones have embedded (non-replaceable) battery units. So for the majority of models there is no point in buying extra batteries. Besides that all phones manufacturers try to build thin devices, so there is no space for a high capacity battery in a body. That’s why, I advise you to select phones with a 4000 mAH batteries If you are indifferent to a delicate and elegant design of your future gadget.

Another important thing is how severely you use your  Android phone. I mean, how many apps you want to be installed and how hard they consume power. Android apps are different. One app can consume 1% of your battery each day, another one may be able to “eat” 70% during 1 hour. Games use a lot of CPU and GPU power, intensively use accelerometer and besudes that you are likely to increase brightness when gaming. Such apps are number one battery drainers. Messengers don’t use hardware for 100% and don’t need it to be powerful but they are constantly communicating with their servers and with your partners peer-to-peer. Thus, they discharge your phone actively as well because they are using cellular data or Wi-Fi that also requires a lot of power.

In this guide you won’t meet such “useful” tips as “use a power bank”, we will explain how to configure your Android phone or tablet to preserve battery power (and not to waste its charge in vain).

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Which Android Device Folders Google Photos App Should Sync?

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In my work I use images every day. People send me pictures and screenshots via email, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and even via Bluetooth. And I hate when I miss or forget something. That’s why I prefer that all images from my Bluetooth, Downloads, Viber and other folders were backed up the same way as photos and videos from my camera do. Actually when a new folder is created the Google Photos app will ask whether or not you want it to be synced to the cloud. And this article is mostly for those who rejected such proposal but some time later changed their minds. Here is how you can add or remove folders located on your Android device which the Google Photos app will back up to the cloud.  Continue reading

How to Send a File via BlueTooth to Google Pixel Running Android 9

No nearby Bluetooth devices found

Today I will explain what you need to do to successfully receive a file over Bluetooth on your Google Pixel running Android 9. The things are not so easy with this and some peculiarities that make inexperienced users stuck. Many people ask “Why cannot I send file to Pixel? I see No nearby Bluetooth devices found despite I turned on Bluetooth on my Pixel!” In Android 9 the steps differ from such in Android 7, so you should definitely read this article not to be surprised later. Frankly speaking, Google made the procedure too complicated for inexperienced users. And now phones by Google cannot receive incoming files from unauthorized devices. They just wanted to make the Bluetooth communication more secure.  Continue reading