Use Easy Backup to keep a virtual log of all your filesWhat to back up?
Select the Backup option from the homepage. A menu will now appear with the various elements of your phone that you can choose to back up. Select as many or as little as you like before pressing OK. Backup destination
You’ll have several options available when it comes to selecting a destination for your files. If your phone has a micro SD card, then choose that, or a cloud storage account if you prefer using them. Enable Settings
If you choose to save to a cloud storage account, you’ll now need to enable the correct setting from your Google Drive account. Just follow the onscreen instructions to complete this part of the backup. Select a directory
If you instead decide to back up to your SD card, you’ll need to select a directory to back up to. Make sure it’s memorable, as you’ll need the details when you restore your files after the update. Backup process
All the files and folders you selected will now begin backing up. Depending on the quantity of files you chose to back up, this process can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. After the update
Once the update has hit your phone, you’re going to want to head to the Restore section of the app. From here you can go to the place where the backup is saved and restore all your files and folders.
Use the LocalCast app and Chromecast to stream PDF files
Thanks to the increasing number of Chromecast-compatible apps on the Google Play store, there are now several ways users can stream their PDF files directly onto their TV without anything overly complicated to set up. This process enables users to then read through PDF files, and depending on the app you use to stream them, make simple edits to them.
Although there are several to choose from, for this tutorial we’ve chosen to use the LocalCast app. What we like most about this app is that it’s easy to use, connects to your Chromecast almost instantly and scales PDF files well. The app ultimately works as a streaming hub for all media files, including any pesky .mkv files stored on your device that are commonly unusable with many of the similar apps available. Its PDF function works well and is easy enough to access thanks to its intuitive menu system.
So read on, as we take you through the process of getting your PDF files on the big screen. All you’ll need is the app installed from Google Play and the Chromecast plugged in and set up and you’re good to go.
Use your voice and Google Maps to get you where you want to go
The 8.2.0 update to Google Maps app for Android has added a new function that people who use their phone as a satnav have been anticipating for a good long while. With a tap of a button you can now talk to your phone, getting it to show you alternate routes, figure out if there’s any traffic you should avoid and a whole bunch of other excellent features as well.
The service only works when you can see the microphone button in the bottom-left of the screen, which means you can’t use it when you’re walking at the moment. But if you’re in a car a single tap is all it takes to figure out where you should be going next. You can re-route and pull off plenty of other tricks too. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly better than what Maps offered previously. All you’ll need for this tutorial is an Android smartphone with the latest version of the app. Once you’re sure you’ve got that, you’re good to go. Let’s get started.
Force ’incompatible‘ apps to run on Android by editing the build.prop system file
A new, powerful phone sits in your hand. It’s running a recent version of Android and you’re opening Google Play to install a useful new app – only to find that it is apparently not compatible with your device. How could this be?
It probably has something to do with your phone and how it is identified by Google Play. Perhaps the app is limited to a handful of devices because the developer doesn’t have the resources to provide wider support.
Whatever the case, there is a way that you can fool Google Play into thinking that your phone is compatible by editing the build.prop file. The process here is simple, but doesn’t come without risks. Accessing build.prop is not something you should choose to do without consideration of the impact to your phone’s stability. Essentially this is a high-risk edit, one that can brick your device, so care is needed. If you want to edit the file manually you should take a full Nandroid backup of your device storage. You’ll also need your phone to be rooted.
Use CloudMagic to put all of your email communication in a single place
If you’re anything like us then you’ve probably got several email addresses. One for work, one for your private conversations, and one from five years ago that you only ever check because it’s got a funny name. And that’s where CloudMagic comes in. It’s a ridiculously easy-to-use app that lets you amalgamate all of your email addresses into a single inbox. More than that it lets you connect other useful services, like Pocket, Evernote and Zendesk, so that everything you need to handle personal and business communication is just a tap away.
In this tutorial we’ll walk you through setting up CloudMagic, and show you how to get the most from it. It’s not the most difficult of propositions, and all you’ll need to do to get started is grab your device and download the app.
Your Dropbox account can do so much more than simply storing files.
There’s a good bet that if you’ve got an Android device you’ve got a Dropbox account. It’s one of the best cloud-storage providers out there, and a lot of phones offer extra storage space when you buy them. Plus the multi-platform nature of the service means you can share files between your Android and iOS devices, and home computer without too much hassle. You probably understand the basics of how the Android app works, and how to move your files around, but this tutorial will walk you through some parts of it you might have missed, and make sure you’re getting the most out of your Android Dropbox experience.
We’ll show you how to automatically back up your photos and videos, get some extra storage, and ensure that all of your files are kept safe from prying fingers. All you’ll need is the app installed and you’re good to go.
For more expert tutorials, make sure to check out the latest issue of Android Magazine.