Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts

What Is Android Nearby Share and How To Use It

Android smartphone has always been one of the user friendly device with the ability to customize it with the way the users wanted, the users can actually add in new features by downloading apps from the Google playstore and do so many such things. But there has always been one thing that all the Android smartphone users were longing to have, it is the android to android easy sharing option. And now we are about to look onto it to have solution for the problem.

We all know that there are plenty of apps available in the Google playstore which would help us share files and folders from one android to another. So in that case, you might be wondering why we need another feature like the AirDrop in our Android smartphone. Yes, just like the AirDrop in the iPhones, there was no easy sharing ways in an android and no matter how many free apps we have to transfer or share pictures and files in the Google playstore, the recipient android user should also have the same app to receive the transferring files. So that was actually a problem to think about.



But not to worry, there is a solution for all problems. The OS has now introduced this amazing feature named ‘Nearby Share’, which is actually a universal method comes in-built in your Android smartphone to share links, photos, videos and files from one android to another. The Nearby Share uses the Bluetooth, WiFi or the NFC to share and receive the contents. It will eventually determines which is the best method to transfer the initiated files accordingly. For example, when you are sending large files then it will automatically use the WiFi to do so and smaller ones will be sent via the Bluetooth or the NFC.

If you are wondering how your Android smartphone suddenly got this feature in it, then let me give you a brief idea about it. Nearby Share is made a part of the Google playstore services, where the play services is updated via the playstore making it possible for the Google to add in the Nearby Share to all the androids. Thereby from now onwards, when you want to share any files or media to another android smartphone, then you will not need any third party apps to do so, the Nearby Share will help you out within a few seconds. You can share to a device that is nearby and has to be unlocked, enabled Bluetooth and location service turned on. So with this simple requirements, you can send anything you want, a notification will pop up in the recipient’s phone and they should accept to be visible to the sender to continue the process. This method is oriented to make sure that you will not receive things you don’t want and that is why your permission is needed for the process.

For your own privacy, the Nearby Share has been initiated along with some of the privacy policies. You can choose to receive contents from ‘All Contacts’ or any specific person can be selected too. You can also make yourself ‘Hidden’ so that no one can interrupt you by sending notifications to be visible to send any contents and your device will only be visible when Nearby Share is open. So with the Nearby Share you will be able to share files and media via Bluetooth and internet not only to another android but it will also work for other devices like PC when the Bluetooth is enabled. And it supports all the Android 6.0+ devices. So now let us have a look at how to get it work.


How To Check If You Have A Nearby Share

Firstly, you have to go to ‘Google’ and search for the ‘Google Play Services’. From the results that you receive after the search, click on the ‘Google Play Service’ from the ‘Apps’ section.


It will then lead you to the app’s playstore listings and there you have to tap on the ‘Update’ option.


Then in your Android phone, go to the ‘Settings’ menu. Here you can either scroll down from the top of the screen and select the ‘Gear’ icon or you can also open the list of apps from the home screen and click on the ‘Settings’ app. Now select the ‘Google’ option.


Next, scroll down until you find the ‘Device Connections’ and there look for the ‘Nearby Share’.


When the 'Nearby Share' is listen, we can go ahead and set it up.


How to Setup Nearby Share

To setup the Nearby Share, you have to first go to the ‘Settings’ menu on your Android smartphone and scroll down to find the ‘Gear icon’. Tap on it and then find the ‘Settings App’ in your app drawer and from there you have to tap on the ‘Google’ option.


Then go to Device connections and click on the ‘Nearby Share’.


Now you have to simply toggle on the switch which is at the top of the screen to enable the Nearby Share.


Tap on the ‘Device Name’ and give your Android handset a new name.


Next you have to select ‘Device Visibility’ to adjust the privacy settings.


You will have three visibility options to choose from:

All contacts: All your contacts with the Nearby Share will be able to see your device and you will be able to see all devices nearby with the Nearby Share open.

Some Contacts: Here you will be able to choose the contacts who can see your device and you will be able to see all devices nearby with the Nearby Share open.

Hidden: No one will be able to see your device, but when the Nearby Share is open you will be able to see everyone nearby. 

If you are selecting ‘All contacts’ or ‘Hidden’, then it doesn’t need any further setup.

If you are choosing ‘Some Contacts’ then you have to individually select each of the contacts. For that you have to scroll down and turn on the toggle button which is beside each contact name to allow them to see your device.


Then go back to the previous screen where the device visibility choices have been made.

Next, tap on the ‘Data’ and select the ‘Data Usage’ option as per your requirements and click on the ‘Update’ or ‘Cancel’ buttons.


How To Use Android Nearby Share

When you want to share a file or any such contents via the Nearby Share to another android, then you have to find the receiving device. The recipient should have the Nearby share and the device screen should be unlocked, Bluetooth and their location service enabled.

You can send any contents using the Nearby Share, but today let us see how to send a link.

First, you have to open the web browser on your android smartphone and then tap in the three dot menu icon which is available on the right top corner.


Then you got to select the ‘Share’ option.


Then a popup window will appear with the apps/shortcuts which can be used to share. There look for the Nearby Share and select it to share the link.


Now depending on what device you are using and the item that you are sharing, the Nearby Share will open up as a shortcut like shown below.


Next the Nearby Share will look for another device that is close by.


Thereafter the recipient device will get a notification which says ‘Device Nearby Is Sharing’ and the receiver can tap on it to be visible for the sender.


When the device becomes visible, the receiver’s device will show up on the sender’s device. Tap on it to start the process.


Now the receiving device will be asked for the permission. They can either ‘Accept’ or ‘Decline’ the incoming item.


That’s it, now the link which the sender sent, will be received in the recipients phone.

You can follow the same process and step to send pictures, videos, files or any other contents in a short time. All you have to do is, find a Nearby Share and start sending. So simple it is right? First set up the feature in your device and the onwards you will not have to spend so much time sharing or receiving files or folders from an android to another android. Hope this guide would have been useful for all the android users out there.

How To Find Lost Or Stolen Android Phone

Smartphone are a part of us now, we have everything stored in it including all our personal details to our official data. Thereby losing our smartphones would be the worst nightmare ever we could have. That is why the operating systems comes along with so many security features included from which leads to the ability to have the data secured and at the same time it also has the features to find the phone’s location when you misplace it or lose it somewhere. That is why having the tracking system of our smartphone settings activated is very important.

Even without your conscious you might keep your phone somewhere and start searching for it. Even if it’s around your house or room and you still can’t figure it out where, then you will need the help of the android’s inbuilt system of helping you out. In that case you have the ability to get to your laptop and go to the find my phone app and literally give a ring or find the location from it. Most importantly just as how you have to have your phone set up earlier with the tracking system, you should also have the imei number and the android’s serial number noted.


Only so if you are unable to find the phone by yourself, you can lodge a complaint in the police station and for that you will need both the imei and serial numbers. Imei number is a unique identifier, which the phone uses to register to the cell towers. You can easily find your imei number by dialing *#06# in your mobile. You will also have these numbers on your phone box.

To find your serial number go to ‘settings’ > ‘about phone’ and you will find it there.

To get your phone tracked you will also need the help of other apps or browsers. If you aren’t aware of how to do it and wants to be prepared for any such situations, then no worries. Today in this guide I am going to provide you all with a few methods that can be followed when you miss or lose your phone, even if it is stolen, you can try and figure out the location and find it. So come let us take a look at them in brief.

How To Find Lost Android Phone

Locate Your Phone Using Google

In your android smartphone, the google in it had the inbuilt ability to help figure out the location of your phone. When you set up your phone, eventually you will be signed into the ‘Find my device’.

If incase you don’t find it automatically did this procedure, then simply go to the playstore and get the ‘Find my device’ app installed and then sign in with your google account. And afterwards, it will stay active the rest of the time and using this you can fond your phone when lost.

To find the lost android, you have to login to your google account from another phone or laptop and in a web browser type in ‘android.com/find’, then you have to enter your email id and password if you have not signed into that account from the particular device.



In the find my device, you have three options to choose.


Play a sound: Through this option you can play a sound and make a noise in your lost android, if you think your phone is hiding somewhere around. This will work even if the phone is in silent mode.

Secure your device: If incase you believe your phone is stolen and you haven’t activated any security system such as passwords or passcode, the you can do it through this which will make the finder not access your homescreen.



Erase: This option will allow you to erase all the data manually from the find my device app.



If you can’t figure out the location of the phone using this app, then mostly your device doesn’t have available network or wifi isn’t connected. So keep trying, when the phone gets the network it will be visible on the map.

Locate The Phone In Your House Using Google Home

The worst thing to happen on a busy day is losing the phone somewhere around your house. It can be either inside the sofa edges. Under you pillow cases or anywhere in the kitchen but when you start looking for it will not be visible. So in that case you can find it easily if you have a Google home speaker, from which the google assistant would help you find it.


The speaker would help if you have logged both the speaker and the phone using the same google account and linked your google account and voice to your google home through the home app. So if your phone has the internet connection and find my phone is turned on then all you have to say is ‘ok google, find my phone’ and it will turn on the ringer in your phone even if it is on silent mode. Simple as that.

Using Google Photos

We all know about the google photos app as an application that would allow us to sync in photos and other medias and store as much as we want in it but have you ever heard of how it can help you find your lost phone?

In case that you have miss placed your phone and think that it is stolen, then you van get the help of the google photos as it can help you with the feature backup and sync option. How it works is, when you have activated the sync option in the Google photos then what ever photos that is taken from the phone will be automatically uploaded the google photos account and the best part is that along with the image the location from where the picture was captured will also be uploaded. So in that way, you can login to your google account in another device and watch out for new images popping up. For this to work in your phone the internet connection should be connected and the backup and sync should be enabled. So in case you find new photos uploaded in the google photos, you have to, 

  • visit the photos.google.com and login to the same google account that you have logged into in the lost phone.
  • Look if any new images has been uploaded afterwards. 
  • If so, click on the image and select the info icon which is on the top right corner of the screen.
  • In that appearing sidebar, you will be able to see the image’s information along with the location from where it was clicked from.


Alternative Third Party Apps

Well, apart from the google’s inbuilt features, you can also use some of the third party apps that are available in the google play for you to install. It will also help you find where your phone is by locating its location or in other possible ways. So let us see some alternative apps that can be used to find your lost android smartphone.

Life360 family locator: This is an app that uses the GPS tracker to find your phone. The best feature of this app is that it can be used by the whole family with multiple phones where you become a circle. The app forms a group with whom you wish to have your phones tracked in real time. So with this option you can always check where the other members are and see the location. You can chat or even broadcast a meeting time and location with the circle members that you have connected with.


So with that feature if you find your phone lost, then you can locate it through others phones and track it on the map.

Prey anti theft: This prey anti theft will help you have three different devices protected through just one app. With this app you can raise an alarm in your phone when you think it is lost, take screenshots when it is in use and also you can simply lock down the device.




It is a free app with some great features, when you download it to your android phone, it will provide you some tutorials to show how to run the device. It is simple and useful.

Lost android: This app will allow you to have remote access to the lost phone through the website that you login. Thereby you will be able to delete all the sensitive information from your phone when you think it is lost or even send messages to the phone.

The best part is, you can also forward any calls or messages to another number and have a record of any calls, messages or even the photos taken from your lost phone.

Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

1. Can I still find my lost phone if it’s turned off/ in airplane mode/ the battery is dead.

This is a very common question asked by many and you have to know that to find out the location of where is phone is, it should be turned on and have an active internet connection. If not for them then there very less possibility to find out. You can also try using the phone’s location history to check where the phone was last found before the connection got lost. But even for this, the location history should have been activated.

2. I changed my Google account password, can i still locate my phone?


Well, changing the password of the accounts when you find out that the phone is lost is a good thing to do, as we will not want a stranger to peep into our accounts. And you will still be able to locate and will nit lose the ability to track the device.

3. Can I track my lost phone, if someone made a factory reset?

Well, in this case we will not be able to do so, as factory reset indicates that the phone removes or erases everything and brings it to the factory settings. So the connection to the google accounts won’t be there any longer.

So that’s it, we have now checked on a few methods that can be used to find the android smartphones that seems to be lost or missing. You can follow any of the possible ways and get your phone located, which will help the best to get the phone back to you. So I hope this guide would have helped you in a great way to be precaution before facing any such crisis.

How To Transfer Facebook Photos To Google Photos In Android

Social media is one of the most used platform in the world today. We see how everyone are so into the facebook that we eventually share everything there and this is made even better with the smartphone in our hands that we can easily browse and connect to anyone at any time and that is why it is a widely used device. 

Today I am going to connect you with two simple apps that the whole world uses for different needs, but you are going to see how you can connect both of them to gain an advantage out to store up memories for lifetime.

Wondering what I am talking about? Well, let me explain, we use facebook for different reasons, the main one among them is to share the world everything that you wish, including your pictures. But we know that the facebook is not a platform that is used as a long term storage solution for your pictures and videos. That is the saddest part, as most of us share our pictures instantly to our facebook profile and it also does a good job at reminding us with all of our past posts and when looking at those pictures we would remember all the other pictures and thereby go scrolling down to search all of them one by one. What if you can have a permanent storage facility where you can easily transfer your facebook pictures to it? Well, now you can do that and all you will need is the google photos.



We all know what google photos is and how it has turned out to be one of the obvious platform to store in pictures for always. The google photos automatically backup all the pictures and videos from our gallery into its server, which actually also helps us to save in storage space in our smartphone. 
Let me point out more about the google photos and the features that it has updated itself with. 

  • It helps organize the photos in a neat and smart way.
  • The google intuitive AI automatically catch-up with all the photos and enhances it by creating albums, movies, collages, animations, panaroma and even photo books.
  • The powerful built-in editor will let you manually tweak your photos.
  • It has a robust search feature.
  • Can search, scan, translate and identify things using google lens.
  • Also allow to share and collaborate with other who are trusted.
  • You will get unlimited backup feature over all.

This concept is known by most of us and what’s new here is that we can also now transfer facebook photos to google photos. Thereby now you will have an easy option to keep all your facebook photos safe under a better roof. You will also not have to manually upload one by one from facebook to google photos, the option is now made better. The process is simple and when you set it up for the first time then you will not have to do it over and over again.

How to Transfer FB Photos to Google Photos

This new trick on transferring all your facebook photos to the google photos is going out viral as no one wants to lose any of their beautiful memories. So thereby even when you deactivate your facebook account or something goes wrong with it, you will not have to worry as all the photos will be saved for you safely forever in the google photos and nothing will happen unless you delete them up.
Let me not waste your time, let’s go directly into checking out how to get this done in a step by step method.

Firstly, you have to open the facebook application in your android smartphone.


Then in your facebook page you have to click on the three lines option which is available on the top of the navigation bar. There you have to select the ‘settings and privacy’ option and then tap on the ‘settings’ option.


Next, select the option ‘download your information’.


There you have to deselect all the other options and select only the ‘photos and videos’.


Now scroll down and then select the ‘create files’.


Here you have to wait for about five minutes or so until the ‘download’ button appears next to the ‘file’. When it appears, tap on it to download the file.


When done, extract the file by using a zip app. Extracted files would look like shown below.


Then open the google photos and tap on the three lines at the top left of the screen and there select the ‘device folders’ option.


There you will see all the facebook photos.

That’s it, now this way all of your facebook photos can be transferred into your google photos which will help you to store them there forever permanently. The steps shown above are simple and easy. 
Now let us also check upon another alternative method for this. 

Using Photo Transfer Tool


Note
- Take into consideration that the facebook transfer tool is currently available in limited countries.

To startup with, you have to move on to the Facebook settings > settings> privacy.

Next select your Facebook Information tab.


There press on the option ‘Transfer a copy of your photos or videos’

Now you will have to enter your Facebook password in the appearing windows

Then from the ‘choose destination’ drop down menu you have to select the google photos.


In the next option you have to choose whether you want to send photos or videos and tap ‘next’.


Then enter the google account password when asked for.

Thereafter you will receive a notification in facebook and in mail when the transfer is completed. So this is also a very simple method to carry on the process with.


That's it, now you will not have to worry about losing all the pictures that are in your facebook when you either deactivate the account or do what so ever. I hope this guide would have been helpful for all of you out there as we are all facebook addicts.

How To Uninstall Multiple Apps In Android Phone At Once

Smartphones are one device that is showing rapid growth in the usage process over the years. We see how every single person around us is a smartphone user. When smartphones were introduced with plenty of features in it, everyone eventually started to take advantage out of it. With this we see there are many operating systems that have implemented their new models of smartphones. That is when the iPhones and the android smartphones started to shine brighter out of all. When we talk about iPhones, we see so many new updates are being released once in a while to make it better.

All the new updates gives us new features. We use the google playstore to install new applications and the same playstore is used to update the apps. That way the playstore is also an important element found in the android smartphone. It provides the users with new materialistic designs and is capable to ensure the users to customize the android smart devices with new apps to change things the way they want without complications, which improves the user’s experiences. When we go to talk about all the works that can be done using the google playstore, we will have plenty of things lining up as a huge list but today I am here to show the android users’ a new trick that can be done using the playstore in a much easier way.


Imagine your phone storage is full and you can’t work on it properly or your phone isn’t processing right because of the storage problem. Sometimes having a lot of apps can make your phone lag and be a hindrance to you. Thereby you will want to delete some of the apps that you don’t use much from your android smartphone to clear up some space. How would you actually do this? Would you want to sit and delete one by one and then wait for it to completely delete off from your phone or will you want a better option than that? What if you can delete multiple applications at once from your android smartphone? Yes, now you can do that. To do this you doesn’t have to have any extra apps or install any new third party apps which will fill up your storage again, but all you will want is the google playstore. Where it will eventually get all of the apps and games that you have installed in your android smartphone deleted in a click. Just like how it helps you install apps, it also helps you uninstall them with ease.

Android users will not have to spend their valuable time wasting it now, as you all can get this done easily from the stable version of the google playstore and doesn’t even need to have the latest beta version or join any beta program to get this done, and that is why it is one of the simplest form to uninstall multiple apps at a glance.


Uninstall Multiple Apps In Android

So today in this guide I am going to give you a brief explanation on how to uninstall multiple apps in android phones at once using the google playstore in a step by step method.

Firstly you have to open your android’s app drawer in your android smartphone. There you have to select the ‘Google playstore’ app to proceed.


Now from the google playstore, you have to swipe right to open the ‘menu’ of the playstore and then from the list you have to select the ‘My Apps and Games’ option.


Next, you will see a screen like shown below.


Here you have to press the ‘installed’ options and then again select the option ‘storage’.


There you have to select all the apps and the games that you wish to uninstall from your android smartphone. And then after the selection is done, you can press on the ‘free up’ option which is available in the bottom of the screen along with the amount of storage space of the selected apps.


Thereafter you will get a popup message box for the confirmation process. You have to tap on the ‘free up’ to clear them all up.


That’s it, now this way you can uninstall as many app as you want together from the google playstore without any difficulties. Also you will be able to check on how much free space you are going to get by uninstalling these apps. Thereby you can now uninstall multiple apps directly from the Google playstore.

Along with the above method there are a few other options that we can carry out this task too. Now let us check on a few alternative applications that can be used to uninstall multiple apps at once.

Easy Uninstaller
Just as how the name mentions, the ‘Easy Uninstaller’ app is a very easy and convenient app that can be used to uninstall many apps at a time. I should also mention that it is free to use. Let’s see how to get it done.

Firstly get the 'Easy Uninstaller' app directly from the google playstore to your android smartphone or tab.

Then in the main interface of the app, you will have a list of all the installed applications available there. You can rearrange them by sorting it by date, size or name either in ascending or descending order.
Next, you have to select all the apps that you want to uninstall from your phone and press the ‘uninstall’ button which is available in the bottom.


Then a confirmation popup message will appear, tap on the option 'OK' from all the apps that you want to uninstall.



Even after uninstalling app, they might leave behind cached data in the phone’s internal memory. But not to worry as this app will also help clear them all up.

Uninstaller
This is another amazing app to ponder onto. A very simple and effective app that can be used. The 'Uninstaller' app is easier to use than the 'Easy uninstaller'.

Here in this app you doesn’t have to check-mark, all you got to do is simple tap on all the apps that you want to uninstall and then press on the 'Uninstall selected apps'.



and then you have to tap ‘OK’ for all the apps that your are sure you want to uninstall from the notification popup that appears, simple as that.


ES File ExplorerAlong with the uninstalling multiple apps at a time, this app also allows you to manage all the apps efficiently. So let is check on how to get it done.

Firstly you have to get the ‘ES File Explorer’ app to your android smartphone.

Then launch the app and in the main interface tap on the menu button (the three lines available on the top right corner). Then expand the library section and select the option 'Apps'.



Next, select all the applications that you want to uninstall and tap on the ‘uninstall’ option which is available on the bottom of the screen. Then you have to press ‘OK’ to all the app that you want to uninstall from the popup box.


That’s it, within a few seconds you can uninstall all the apps that you want to remove from your android smartphone at a time.

I hope this is going to be a useful guide for all the android users, as many of you might have not known of such an option that is available in your android smartphone. Everyone can now easily get rid of unused apps with a few clicks.