Category Archives: Android tips

Smartphone low-light image quality factors

Camera questions from my good friend Jesse: Hola Mr. Hodges! I have a newish Android phone, Moto X Pure (following my trend of getting 6 month olf technology for half price), which has a decent camera (Sony IMX 230 1/2.4-inch 21MP BSI CMOS sensor and a dual-LED flash. F2.0 aperture and 4K video). It works well, but it pales in comparison to some phone’s ability in low-light situations. Is that on the camera hardware, or the app? Same with image

[SOLVED] Moto G 3rd Gen (2015) SD card not accessible via USB

If you have a Motorola G3 (2015) phone with Android 6.0 and a microsd card installed, you may find that the card is inaccessible via USB/PC: Here is how to fix it: Go to Settings, Apps, 3-dot menu, select Show System (to show system apps) Scroll down thru apps to External Storage, select that, pick Storage, pick Clear Data (which also clears the Cache). Go back to the app list and do the same for Media Storage, as you did

HOWTO redeem Gear VR free with S7 and S7 Edge

I am pre-ordering a S7 Edge tonight and at first I didn’t see any info on how to get the Gear VR for free. Thankfully, a chat window popped up and the answer was soon within my grasp šŸ™‚ Chat with AT&T AT&T:Ā Welcome to AT&T Chat. How may we help you today? Me:Ā Hi, do I have to add the Gear VR to my cart to get it… or is it included automatically when I buy a S7? Thx! Jenna:Ā Thank you

White USB-C cables ($6.99)

After upgrading from a Samsung S6 to a Nexus 6P, one of the few changes needed was new USB-C cables! Thankfully, Amazon has a nice assortment. I especially like the white USB-C cables here: They are usually available for around $6.99 and they allow easy connection to USB-A (“regular” USB) devices like most existing PCs, Macs and laptops. After purchasing a two pack, I’m a happy camper šŸ™‚

Recover full space on MicroSD card [SOLVED]

Q. Can you please help me recover the space on one of my microsdxc cards? I installed a custom OSĀ on one with an sd formatter and now it only shows like 1/16th of it’s full size šŸ™ I have tried the SD card on my laptop, my Android phone and my tablet. They ALL show the smaller size and don’t allow me to format the full size! Would like to do the recovery on Windows if possible. Thx!!! -Sam Staffton

Remove small scratches & goop from iPhones/iPad [SOLVED]

Q. Any tips for removing scratches from my iPhone and iPad? I want to sell them on eBay and right now they are pretty scuffed up šŸ™Ā -Stephanie A.Ā If you ever need to quickly remove scratchesĀ orĀ glueĀ from a metal/aluminum clad device (like an iPhone, iPad, or other tablets/phones) you may want to try this simple tip: find a mild toothpaste (one that has a bit of grit to provide someĀ abrasiveness) put a small dab on your finger (you may want to apply

Quick Charge 2.0 battery pack [SOLVED]

Recently I needed a portable power pack that could utilize the fastĀ charging capability of Quick Charge 2.0 Thankfully, I found a battery pack that worked perfectly: Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 10000mAh Portable External Battery Fast Charger (16.2W / 5V 9V 12V Supported, Quick Output)http://www.amazon.com/Aukey-10000mAh-Portable-External-Supported/dp/B00UBDI7EC/Snapdragon-equipped devices including Samsung, Sony, Motorola, HTC, and LG can enjoy up to 5 times faster charging; while other standard USB and non-Quick Charge 2.0 devices can also be charged at high speeds […] Charge the external

Google Find My Phone (even if Device Unavailable)

Google has been adding more action oriented features to their engine. One of the most useful is “find my phone”. If you have an Android phone you can try finding it here: https://www.google.com/search?q=find+my+phone Also, even if the map/screen says “Device Unavailable” you may still be able to “Ring” the phone… this will ring the phone for 5 minutes and thisĀ is exactly what I did this morning to find my phone (which was hiding in the covers) ;-).

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