Make File Manager+ Open Videos in Another Video Player App on Android 9

File Manager+ is a rather popular Android app. I like it too and use on my numerous phones and tablets. Some time ago I had to install MX Player Pro because my devices played video clips from my action cam without sound. MX Player Pro solved the problem completely but when I tried to open videos using my favorite File Manager+, it played them without sound again. I was surprised a bit but in a moment I understood that the file manager opens videos and songs in its internal players. In a few moments I made another discovery: as it turned out, my Google Pixel doesn’t have a setting to define a default video play. By the way, my Redmi Note 5 had such. Here is how to fix to issue and force videos to play in the app you wish. Continue reading

How to Change Lock Screen App Shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, Note

change app shortcuts on Galaxy S10 lock screen

In this guide you will learn how to change Lock Screen apps on Galaxy S10, S9, Note running Android 9 Pie with One UI.

Phone and Camera are the default apps that show up on the lock screen of Samsung Galaxy S10, S9 and other modern Galaxy models. You can launch them quicker right from the lock screen by swiping from left and right corners respectively. But you may want to change default apps to those you use most often. And here is how to do it on Android 9 Pie with One UI.

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Photos From the Camera Folder Stopped Syncing to Google Photos – How to Fix

On Android 10 storage access principles for apps have been revamped. And apart from the positive aspects, this may cause some access problems for individual applications. I faced a weird issue after installing Android 10 Q Developer preview. Suddenly, I discovered that I no longer see the photos and videos that I take on the Google Pixel, in the Google photo gallery. The funny thing was that all the screenshots I took and all the pictures from WhatsApp were in the gallery but there were no new items from camera – only those taken before my upgrade to Android 10 Q. The fix turned out to be simple.

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How to Enable or Disable the Fast Charging on Galaxy S10, S9, Note

Samsung Galaxy S Fast charging

You may want to disable the fast cable charging to make you battery live longer. If you didn’t know, the faster the battery is charged, the less cycles it can withstand. That’s why we highly recommend that you turn it off when you don’t hurry and have enough time to charge the battery using a lower current. This will extend the life span of your built-in battery and you will have to replace it much later.

Fast cable charging is enabled by default. But if you disabled it and forgot where that setting is this guide will help you as well.

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Galaxy S10 Stops Playing Music on Screen Lock – Fix Spotify and Radio Playback

The Problem

The problem looks like the following: Spotify, Google Play Music, Radio or any other music player app stops playing in about 2 minutes after Samsung Galaxy S10 (S9, S8), Note 10 gets locked. Here’s how to fix on Android 9 Pie.

There is an aggressive mechanism of power saving on Android 9 Pie and Android 10 Q. The operating system tries to put every other app to sleep to prevent the battery drain. But when it comes to audio players (and Spotify in particular) such extreme power saving behavior can turn out to be excessive and stop music playback after a few minutes (automatic screen lock by timeout) or even after a few seconds (if you lock your screen by pressing the Power button).

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How to Stop Particular Apps From Draining Battery on Galaxy Note 10, S10

The developers want their apps to work better and to deliver messages, notifications and various updates with no lag especially when it comes to messengers. Devs don’t want you post low ratings with complaints on Google Play telling “I receive notifications in 10 minutes after my friend sends me a message!” But as developers make their apps more responsive and functional it often leads to a heavy battery drain. Such an antagonism. It is a rather hard thing to make the app smart so that it sleeps and wakes when it is appropriate.

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