Access PC files remotely from your smartphone
At work and realised you’ve left that all important file on your computer at home? No problem. You can quickly connect your phone to an FTP network to collect files. It’s really simple and this tutorial will show you how to do it.
Not sure what an FTP server is? Then this might not be for you, and you might be better off backing up all your files to Google Drive or Dropbox for easy access. However, if you’ve already ruled that out as an option, read this before using this tutorial.
When you’re ready, download Cabinet Beta from Google Play for free. Not only is it easy to use, it has a colourful Material Design look, which put it lightyears ahead of some many other file-management apps that look like something from a 12-year-old PC. Once you’ve installed the app you’ll be taken through a little tutorial that explains the user interface. When that’s done you’ll tap a button which will take you to the main page of the app. There you’ll see a list of all of the folders that you’ve got on your device. —
Read and respond to instant messages in your browser with WhatsApp Web
In January there were over 700 million WhatsApp users worldwide. For those of you not among those instant messaging masses, WhatsApp is a service much like text messaging, where you can send and receive messages between individuals or groups using 3G or wi-fi rather than a phone signal.
Previously just a mobile app, WhatsApp have just rolled out a new feature called WhatsApp Web so you can also sent and recieve messages in your desktop Chrome browser as well as on your phone. It has also just been expanded to work with Opera and Firefox browsers as well.
This is a handy feature if you want a long conversation and your phone’s minature keyboard isn’t up to the task. However, the web service isn’t entirely standalone and still requires you to login using the mobile app, so keep your phone handy for this tutorial.
9 tips to master YouTube’s new music video subscription service
Okay, so YouTube Music Key isn’t the catchiest name in the world, but alongside Play Music, Google now owns one of the most comprehensive subscription services currently available.
Although some users won’t appreciate having to pay out for another service, if you purchase either a Music Key or Play Music licence, you get the other one completely free, making it a very tempting deal. Apart from having access to millions of music videos, Music Key finally adds some of the most requested features that have been previously missing – including both background and offline listening.
Background listening makes it easy to do other things on your phone while still listening to YouTube. The offline option where users can download their favourite tracks and listen on the go. Both of these features alone are worth forking out for the service.
Not a fan of Facebook’s browser? Here’s how to disabe it and view links in Chrome or Firefox instead
When Facebook updated their Android app in 2014 with a new built-in browser for viewing links without leaving the app, it seemed like a really good idea. However, the problem is that the browser just isn’t efficient enough. When compared to Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or any of the other top-rated browsers for Android, the Facebook app browser is low on features, which makes using it quite a disappointing experience to use.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Essentially, things like bookmarking and browser security are features of a browser, whereas this browser is nothing more than a way to track what you’re interested in. Luckily enough though, we can undo Facebook’s work to stop News Feed links from opening with the built-in app and instead opening in the browser of your choice.
Struggling to get online or get directions? Here’s how to fix those weak connectinos
GPS and Wi-Fi are an essential part of the Android experience. Whether you’re searching for directions on Google Maps or checking-in to a place on Facebook or Foursquare, you probably won’t notice how much you use GPS until your device is struggles to find your location.
Although problems with your device’s hardware or software can cause permanent GPS issues, the problem will usually be something that automatically resolves itself in time, for example when you move into an area that has better GPS coverage. However, this is little consolation when you’re lost and you need directions straight away.
It’s a similar story with your device’s Wi-Fi. Sometimes, you’ll know that an open network is in range, but for some reason your Android either isn’t detecting it or it’s detected the network but is refusing to connect to it. Again, most of the time this is a temporary blip and your device’s Wi-Fi will spontaneously start working again. But, what about when you urgently need internet access, for example when you’re expecting an important email?
Make reading long articles easier in the Chrome browser with this experimental feature
One of the best things about the Chrome browser is that using extensions it’s highly customisable, but until recently one thing it has been distinctly lacking is any real way to alter the way the browser handles long passages of text. With badly formatted websites often making certain passages of text unreadable, the new Reading Mode option within the Chrome browser is a very welcome addition. Although not as in-depth as the likes of Amazon or Play Books, which have dedicated reading facilities, Chrome’s Reading Mode formats certain sites into a more manageable and minimalist style that’s not only easy on the eye but also includes some helpful features, such as page searching and sharing. However, before hurriedly trying to find where the option is on your Chrome settings menu, you’ll first need to go into Chrome’s experimental features menu to get the page to appear. We’ll show you how to not only navigate around this hidden menu, but also how to enable the Reading Mode and get the most out of it.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 47. Buy the issue here or subscribe to avoid missing future tutorials.