Try Trebuchet launcher, Apollo Music and more with having to flashing the CyanogenMod ROM
Rooting your Android device may open up lots of new possibilities, but it can also be a scary process – particularly if you’re new to rooting or your device is brand new!
If you want to get a taste of the rooted experience without the risk of bricking your device, you can easily download and use some of the apps that would normally only be available to rooted users. CM Apps is a free Google Play download that gives you access to a maximum of 10 apps, wallpapers and a custom launcher that usually only come pre-installed with the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM.
We will give you a step-by-step guide on how to use CM Apps to download any of the 10 apps and other CyanogenMod goodies, before showing you how to give your device a complete CyanogenMod makeover using the launcher, wallpapers and the CyanogenMod widget – all with absolutely no root required. So you can keep your device well and truly safe from bricking.
For a long time, users of Google+ have had to back up their pictures to Google Drive manually by clicking the Share button and sending them over to their cloud storage account.
However, in the latest round of Google updates, pictures that are uploaded to Google+ will also be automatically backed up to the user’s Google Drive account. This will be accessible via a new tab in the Google Drive menu, under the heading ‘Google Photos.’ You are also able to back up and sort your pictures into files on your ‘My Drive’ section. You needn’t worry about wasting valuable space in your Drive account either, because even if you back up your pictures in the two different places, it only registers one photo-worth of storage space. This tutorial will show you how to locate your My Photos section and make the most of your storage space.
1. Set up accounts
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.