Use this powerful app to find out how much space you could save on your Android device
If you’re anything like us, you’re installing and uninstalling new apps on your Android phone or tablet on a pretty regular basis. But that process can leave you with a surprising amount of leftover data. And on top of that, a lot of the apps that you use often will have automatically cache a lot of information as well. That can eat up the precious storage on your device, leaving you with a lot less than you should have.
That’s where CCleaner comes in. It’s a super-smart app that scans your device’s memory and finds the bits and bobs that you’re not using, or you don’t need. Then all it takes is a few taps to clean everything up. It does a lot more than that as well, including better app management, if you’re willing to put the time in. All you’ll need for this tutorial is the app, which you can grab from the Google Play Store for nothing. When you’ve downloaded it, you’re good to go.
Send any file from Dropbox to your Android’s external storage
Cloud storage service Dopbox has recently added the ability to export files from the Android app to an SD card if you have one installed on your device. The process conforms well to the way the official app already works, and we will demonstrate how to use it in a series of easy steps.
If you want to keep some files stored locally when travelling and you expect to have a patchy signal, this simple addition is an easy way to ensure that you have access to what you need no matter where you are – it could potentially save you from a disaster of a meeting or another situation where data is crucial.
Bizarrely, you can only export one file at a time, which is an obvious limitation, but we suspect that Dropbox is not expecting you to want to transfer hundreds of files in one go, and they may be right.
Port the popular Sense 6 social networking and news aggregator to your non-HTC device
HTC’s BlinkFeed got a major revamp in Sense 6, which launched on the HTC One (M8) earlier this year. If you’re unfamiliar with BlinkFeed, it’s a social networking and news aggregator that pulls information from a wide range of news and social media outlets and displays this content in one handy location on your homescreen. Although HTC has announced its intention to bring BlinkFeed to non-HTC devices, currently the app is still exclusively for HTC devices. If you’re eager to try BlinkFeed but don’t own a HTC device, it is possible to port BlinkFeed to a non-HTC device running Android 4.4 or higher.
If you just want to use BlinkFeed as a news aggregator, all you need is the BlinkFeed launcher and HTC Service pack. However, if you want BlinkFeed to display updates from other apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, you’ll need to flash the HTC Sense versions of these apps.
This article shows you how to get BlinkFeed up and running on a non-HTC device, and how to integrate it with Facebook, by flashing Facebook for HTC Sense. You can also add more content to BlinkFeed by installing HTC Weather and HTC Zoe, a video editing and remixing app.
How to use the Gmail app to print attachments with a few taps
We live in a super-connected world where all of our devices talk to each other. While there can be no denying that this has made things infinitely more convenient, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get all the devices talking in the right language. This tutorial will walk you through how to print attachments directly from your Gmail app.
You’ll need the right sort of printer for it to work, and you’ll need to install a new app to make sure your phone can actually talk to it, but other than that the whole process is pretty straightforward. In addition to being able to print out a physical copy of your attachments, you can also save them as PDFs, either as a hard copy or to your Google Drive. In terms of equipment, you’ll need your phone, you’ll need a printer that’s connected to the internet over a wireless network, and that’s it.
So all that’s left is for you to load up your Gmail app, find the attachment you want to print and then you’re ready to get going.
Add the toggles and settings you want to a personalised notification bar
Notifications are amazing things; they can make short work out of what could be a lengthy task, or they can add new functions to your device. Normally you’d find the standard selection of notifications at the top of your phone or tablet, but thanks to a new app, you can add a variety of interactive notifications to your notification centre. The Notification Toggle app is a free download from the Google Play store and includes a plethora of different shortcuts, features and toggles that can all be added to your very own bespoke notification bar. Users have the choice to make their custom bar as detailed or as basic as they want, but the app makes it straightforward to get started.
In this tutorial, we’ll explore the various sections of the Notification Toggle app, as well as guide you through the process of creating your own toolbar and mention some of the toggles you really should be including. Check out the two-minute guide to see how you can then perform a toolbar back-up.
Not a fan of the personal assistant? Use this hidden fix in order to permanently remove Google Now from your device
Google Now has become one of the premier ways users can access any information they desire on their Android devices. It collates data based on your search history and internet usage to provide you with specially crafted cards that cover a wide range of topics, including sports results, entertainment news, stock prices and even app recommendations. With prolonged use, many users will find Google Now to be an information hub, but for some it can be a little overbearing in the ways it continuously delivers you new information every time you access it.
Although it’s a fairly simple task to simply remove certain cards from your personal Google Now account, alternate cards that Google can offer will simply replace them. However, hidden away through the Google Now menu system, users can permanently disable Google Now on their device. Read on to find out exactly how to do it. —
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