The contacts list has long been a tired and dreary place, a database of names and numbers.
However, Contacts Plus is attempting to change all that with a fresh new take on the contacts book. It features a photo orientated phone book in which you can quickly identify your friends and family with the best (or worst!) photo you have of them. It also allows you to sync all your e-mail and telephone contacts in one app so you don’t have to hop between lists. It’s not just an elaborate phone book either. The app also provides a messaging service and the ability to call back after a missed call, packaging pretty much all your communication needs into one app. We’ve identified the most important features of Contacts Plus to show you how to get the most out of this attractive, multi-purpose address book.
1. Add your contacts
It’s a good bet that if you’re reading this magazine you’ve got more than one Android device.
You might have a phone and a tablet, a work phone and a play phone, or any number of combinations, but sometimes it can be a bit of a faff keeping track of the battery levels of those devices.
That’s where Potential comes in. Not only does it keep you abreast of the power levels of multiple devices, it also lets you toggle the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on and off with a simple tap. It doesn’t run through your Google account either, so you’re not sharing your sign-in information.
Best of all, you don’t need a rooted device to make it work – you simply download the standard Potential app from the Google Play Store to your devices. All you’ll need to get it up and running are your Android devices and an internet connection. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, either.
How to stop that irritating moment when an email goes to one of your old accounts
Many of us have more than one email account, often with different service providers, for specific purposes such as work and home. While this helps us to keep the different parts of our lives separate, it does mean that we have to use a variety of different apps or log in to a range of websites to keep up to date with all our correspondence.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though. The Gmail app lets us import mail from other accounts so everything appears in the one place. Not only that but you can also reply to messages – irrespective of which account they were addressed to – in just the same way as you’d reply to a Gmail message.
Here we show how to configure the Gmail app so it becomes a central location for all your email accounts. We’ll also see how to import address books from other accounts so all your contacts are accessible in Gmail.
We’ve all been in the situation where a simple misplaced finger can accidentally delete an important file or photo that we actually really need – it’s annoying but it does happen.
Unfortunately for Android users, there’s no simple workaround for restoring your deleted files and instead you’ll need to venture on to the Google Play Store to find a suitable third-party solution to help fix the problem.
We recommend the Dumpster app, which acts as a gatekeeper for all your deleted files before they permanently vanish from your device. It works in the same vein as a desktop PC’s recycle bin feature, where the user can restore the files they need or choose to permanently remove them for good. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of correctly configuring the Dumpster app to safely store and manage your deleted files, photos and other specific types of documents so that you can choose what to do with them before they disappear forever.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have Beats Audio quality on your Android device? Well now you can, sort of.
Top mod AwesomeBEATS adds extra controls and boosts to your rooted device’s audio settings, letting you make the most of the audio options of Android. It’s a slightly fiddly process to get it installed though, and you’ll need a couple of apps and processes installed before you even get started to make it work. First off you’ll need a rooted device, and you’ll need to know what ROM you’re running as well. You won’t need a computer to work your way through this tutorial, but you should be pretty confident about what you’re doing when it comes to playing around with rooted devices, as we’re going to be poking around with the Linux-based innards of your phone or tablet using Terminal Emulator.
We ran the tutorial on a Nexus 7 (2012) rooted with WugFresh (wugfresh.com) and didn’t hit any major snags, but if you don’t know how to recover and restore your rooted phone, it might be best to get to grips with that before you try this. If you’re using a Nexus as well, get pro tips on restoring on page 40. When you’re ready, load up the Play store on your phone or tablet and we can start installing all the extra bits and bobs we need before we start installing AwesomeBEATS.
Switch on the Nexus 6 hidden LED for an alternative notification alert to Ambient Display
If you look carefully, you might spot a glint of light reflecting in your Nexus 6’s top speaker grill. This is an LED that Google and Motorola decided the flagship phone needed, but haven’t enabled as default.
Why would you want a flashing LED instead of using the Nexus 6’s Ambient Display? Perhaps you don’t want your entire screen to light up whenever you get a notification. Maybe you just want to tinker with your Android’s features.
In either case, here’s how to replace Ambient Display with a Blackberry-style blinking light for notifications.