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Oct

Best iOS app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time


Everyone likes Apple apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest iOS app deals available from the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 

Jotalicious

Jotalicious is a beautifully designed shopping assistant that turns plain text lists into color-coded checklists of awesome.

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SnapFun Pro

This app promises to be one of the funniest in the world. Create collages of absurd photos, and share them with your friends and family.

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Aerium

Aerium is a gorgeously crafted weather app that alerts you when it will rain in your location with the day before it’s set to happen. The weather descriptions can help you decide how you need to dress before going out.

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Translator

With Translator, you can translate any text between 58 world languages. All you have to do is select your source and target languages, type your text and click on the translation button.

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Flashlight

This app promises to give you the easiest to use and fastest flashlight around. Just tap on it for instant bright light.

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Cesium

Take control of your music with intuitive controls, customizable interface, and a beautiful design.

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3
Oct

How to root Android phones or tablets in 2017 (and unroot them)


Do you want unlimited control over your phone? Android rooting opens up a world of possibility, but it can also void your warranty, leave you with a broken smartphone, or worse. It isn’t for the faint of heart.

Manufacturers and carriers have a vested interest in dissuading you from rooting — if done incorrectly, it can irreparably damage your phone. Even so, the potential benefits are well worth it. With a rooted phone, you can remove bloatware, speed up your processor, and customize every element of your phone software’s appearance.

This guide on how to root Android devices will walk you through the necessary steps to root your phone. Some devices can be rooted in minutes. Others take a little research. But one thing is clear: Rooting your phone is one of the best ways to tap into your Android device’s true potential.

What is rooting?

Rooting an Android phone or tablet is akin to jailbreaking an iPhone — basically, it allows you to dive deeper into a phone’s sub-system. It will allow you to access the entirety of the operating system to customize just about anything on your Android device. With root access, you can also get around any restrictions that your manufacturer or carrier may have applied.

Rooting is best undertaken with caution. You will want to back up your phone’s software before you install — or “flash,” in rooting terms — a custom ROM (modified version of Android).

Why would you root?

One of the biggest incentives to root your Android device is to rid yourself of bloatware that’s impossible to uninstall otherwise (although you can sometimes disable it — check out our guide on disabling bloatware). On some devices, rooting will enable previously disabled settings, like wireless tethering. Additional benefits include the ability to install specialized tools and flash custom ROMs, each of which can add extra features and improve your phone or tablet’s performance.

There are not an overabundance of must-have root apps, but there are enough to make it worthwhile. Some apps, for example, let you to automatically back up all of your apps and data to the cloud, block web and in-app advertisements, create secure tunnels to the internet, overclock your processor, and make your device a wireless hot spot. Here is a list of some of the best apps for rooted devices.

Why wouldn’t you root?

There are essentially four potential cons to rooting your Android.

  • Voiding your warranty: Some manufacturers or carriers will void your warranty if you root your device, so it is worth keeping in mind that you can always unroot. If you need to send the device back for repair, simply flash the software backup you made and it’ll be good as new.
  • Bricking your phone: If something goes wrong during the rooting process, you run the risk of bricking — i.e., corrupting — your device. The easiest way to prevent that from happening is to follow the instructions carefully. Make sure the guide you are following is up to date and that the custom ROM you flash is specifically for it. If you do your research, you won’t have to worry about bricking your smartphone.
  • Security risks: Rooting introduces some security risks. Depending on what services or apps you use on your device, it could create a security vulnerability. And certain malware takes advantage of rooted status to steal data, install additional malware, or target other devices with harmful web traffic.
  • Disabled apps: Some security-conscious apps and services do not work on rooted devices — financial platforms like Google’s Android Pay and Barclays Mobile Banking do not support them. Apps that serve copyrighted TV shows and movies, like Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere, will not start on rooted devices, either.
3
Oct

Are you ready for a browser cleanup? Here’s how to clear cookies on an iPad


You’re probably reading this because you’ve heard something negative about browser cookies. Maybe you have some privacy concerns, or maybe you’re just trying to free up some storage space on your iPad. Whatever the reason, we’re going to show you how to clear cookies on an iPad for your peace of mind, and to claim some precious megabytes back.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that websites store on your device. Usually, cookies are enabled by default in your browser. These files contain information about you for that particular website. It can be a username or even things that you have viewed or purchased before. Sometimes websites use this information to target certain products or information to a particular person. Cookies are not necessarily a bad thing, but because they can be used to track personal information about you, some countries have specific laws regarding the use of cookies.

Before you choose to delete all your cookies remember that websites need cookies. The next time you visit your favorite website, some things may not be working like they used to if the site can’t find its cookie on your iPad.

Read on to find out how to clear cookies on an iPad whether you use Safari, Chrome, Opera, or Firefox. Also, check out how to clear cookies on your computer browser.

How to clear cookies in Safari

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon on your home screen and go to Safari.

Step 2: Select Clear History and Website Data.

Step 3: Tap Clear.

How to clear cookies in Chrome

Step 1: Tap the More (3 dots) menu in the top right-hand corner and choose Settings.

Step 2: Go to Privacy and then Clear Browsing Data.

Step 3: Make sure that Cookies, Site Data is selected and tap Clear Browsing Data at the bottom.

How to clear cookies in Firefox

Step 1: Tap the hamburger  menu in the top right-hand corner.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Clear Private Data.

Step 3: Make sure the Cookies option is on and tap Clear Private Data.

How to clear cookies in Opera

Step 1: Tap the O in the top right corner and select Settings.

Step 2: Select Clear from the menu.

Step 3: Tap on Clear Cookies and Data.




3
Oct

T-Mobile stops airing ads that claim it’s faster than Verizon


Why it matters to you

Companies often make bold claims in advertisements, but T-Mobile may have taken things just a little too far.

False advertising doesn’t go unnoticed, and apparently it doesn’t go unpunished, either. T-Mobile has been called out for some questionable messaging around being the fastest network because, news flash, it’s not. That honor goes to Verizon. As such, the National Advertising Division (NAD), an arm of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC), an advertising industry trade association, “recommended that T-Mobile discontinue certain advertising claims” around the Uncarrier’s 4G LTE network being faster than that of Verizon’s.

T-Mobile as a result has agreed to stop running these ads, though it’s certainly not backing down from its overall theme of superiority over Big Red. NAD noted that T-Mobile could “support a modified claim about the number of people covered by its network,” so we can certainly expect to see more creative around that nugget of information.

In general, however, NAD noted in its announcement that advertisers ought to “regularly monitor and reexamine their advertising claims to make certain that the underlying data upon which they are based is current so that their advertising claims are truthful, and recognizes that changes to a network or network service conditions will impact whether a service provider’s comparative claims are supported.”

The advertising watchdog often hands down decisions that can be used in lieu of a courtroom drama — after all, Verizon decided to take its case to NAD rather than suing its competitor over erroneous claims. T-Mobile previously used crowdsourced data from Ookla and Open Signal to claim that it had the “Fastest 4G LTE network.” However, Verizon pointed out that the folks who use these apps are a “subset of all smartphone users,” and that the data was likely skewed.

T-Mobile has since discontinued commercials touting its “fastest” claim, which also called Verizon’s network “older,” “slower,” and more limiting. That said, NAD points out that its recommendations do not constitute a “finding of wrongdoing,” and further noted that “an advertiser’s voluntary discontinuance or modification of claims should not be construed as an admission of impropriety.”

All the same, Verizon can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that T-Mobile is no longer at its throat regarding network speed and newness. But alas, don’t expect the comparison ads between these two (and all other networks) to end.




3
Oct

How to set up and customize Google Assistant


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How do you customize your experience with the Google Assistant?

While Google Assistant made its official debut with Allo, it wasn’t until the release of the Pixel that we’ve seen more of what Google has in store for their personal AI assistant. Now, Google Assistant is ready to start rolling out to all Android phones running on Marshmallow or Nougat.

There’s so many ways to use the Assistant throughout the day, from getting a daily briefing first thing in the morning to conveniently setting an alarm for the next day and nearly everything in between. To get the most out of Google Assistant, you’ll want to know about all the settings and features, and we’re here to help.

Update October 2017: Google Assistant has rolled out to Android phones running Marshmallow and later, headphones, Android Wear and Android TV devices

  • How to set up Google Assistant on your Pixel
  • How to change your account with Google Assistant
  • How to customize your “My Day” briefing
  • How to customize Google Assistant’s news sources
  • How to customize your Google Assistant nickname
  • How to unblock offensive words
  • How to view your activity history

How to set up Google Assistant

Google Assistant is baked right into any phone running Marshmallow and above, and can be accessed by long pressing the Home button or by saying “OK Google” if you’ve got voice activation enabled. If you’re logged into your Google Account, but have yet to set up Google Assistant, you can start the process by launching it from the home screen for the first time.

Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
Tap Continue on the “Meet your personal Google Assistant” screen.
Tap Yes, I’m in on the next screen to allow permissions.

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And that’s that. You might also be prompted to configure voice activation, which just involves you repeating “OK Google” three times. Pretty simple!

How to change your account with Google Assistant

If you have more than one Google account active on your phone, it’s important to make sure Google Assistant is connected with the one you want. Google Assistant is able to pull details from Gmail, Google Photos, and other Google services including your calendar events as well as your Chrome browsing habits, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using your primary account.

If you accidentally set things up with the wrong account or simply want to switch over to a different account, it’s really easy.

Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
Press the blue button in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
Tap Accounts.
Tap the account you want to use.

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Switching between accounts is easy to do, though you’ll need to go through the quick setup process and allow the required access permissions.

How to customize your “My Day” briefing

You can use Google Assistant to give you a briefing on everything you need to know to start your day, from weather forecasts, calendar reminders, and a preview of your work commute. If you don’t need all that, you can customize it to suit your needs.

Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
Press the blue button in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.

Tap Settings

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Tap My Day.
Tap the checkboxes to toggle what’s included in your My Day summary.
You can also toggle whether to end your summary with narrated news reports.

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Once you’ve set everything up, all you need to do is ask Google Assistant to “tell me about my day” for your daily briefing.

How to customize Google Assistant’s news sources

Google Assistant can help you keep up to date on what’s going on in the world with its narrated news service. It pulls radio news reports from reliable news sources which you can listen to after your daily briefing or by saying “OK Google, listen to news”. If this seems like a valuable feature to you, you’ll definitely want to customize your news sources.

Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
Press the blue button in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.

Tap Settings

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Tap News.
Tap Add news sources
Swipe up to scroll through the list of news sources.
Check the box next to your desired news sources.

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Tap the back arrow.
Tap Change Order
Tap and drag the news sources in the order you want to listen to them.

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How to customize your Google Assistant nickname

Google Assistant will call you by your first name by default, but you can teach it to call you any nickname you want.

Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
Press the blue button in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.

Tap Settings

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Tap Personal info.

Tap Nickname.

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Tap the edit icon next to your name.
Type in whatever you want you nickname to be.
Tap OK.

If you don’t like how the Google Assistant is pronouncing your nickname, you can opt to spell it out phonetically by tapping the “Spell it out” radio button under Pronunciation.

How to unblock offensive words

By default, Google Assistant will censor all offensive words. If you’re alright with salty language, you can turn it off quick and easy.

Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
Press the blue button in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.

Tap Settings

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Under Devices, click on Phone.
Swipe up to scroll through the options.
Tap on other voice settings.
Tap the toggle switch next to “Block offensive words”.

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Google Assistant will never swear, but now words deemed as offensive won’t be censored in the transcriptions of what you say.

How to view your activity history

Your Google Assistant will keep track of not only all your search activity, but also where you were when you made your request. Google assures this data is kept secure and private. If you’d like to review your activity history and see the details, you can access it straight from the Google Assistant settings.

Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
Press the blue button in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.

Tap My Activity

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Chrome will launch and you’ll be taken to Google’s log of all your logged activity with Google Assistant. From there, you can tap “details” to see more information, including roughly where you were when the activity occurred. If this sort of creeps you out, you can tap “Activity Controls” to toggle some of the settings, but this is basically what you signed up for to use Google Assistant.

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3
Oct

Is the NVIDIA Shield TV controller worth the extra $20?


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In most cases, yes, it absolutely is.

On October 18, 2017, NVIDIA is set to release an updated Shield TV package that comes without the game controller and will cost $179. That’s a $20 saving on the current price of $199 with the controller. Both will still come with the regular remote, so you’ll still have a way to interact with the box.

The question is, should you stump up the extra $20 for the controller? Unless you absolutely 100% will not ever use it, then yes, you should.

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The first thing you should know is that it’s a really good controller. Not just for Android TV, but generally. The Shield controller is console quality, which is important since you’re able to play console quality games on the Shield TV.

And honestly, if you’re buying a Shield TV, are you buying one and never ever playing any form of games on it? Sure, it’s the best Android TV box on the market, but if you’re not using the full potential of it by exploring the gaming capabilities, you can spend much less on a set-top box. The Xiaomi Mi Box is a 4K capable Android TV offering, and Amazon’s latest 4K HDR enabled Fire TV will only cost $70.

So, we’re going to assume you’re buying a Shield TV with at least some intentions of playing games on it, be those Android-based or PC games streamed to your TV. So, if you don’t have a Shield controller to this point, $20 extra is well worth it. Especially since the controller on its own is more than double that at $60. It’s worth it.

Best Android games for the NVIDIA Shield TV

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There is, however, one scenario where you might find yourself better off with that $20 in your pocket. If you have an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 console then you can use your existing controllers for these consoles with the Shield TV. Both are excellent in their own right and you’re probably well used to them for gaming.

We’ve also got a handy guide on how to get set up with them. But even so, you could always sell the controller on for most likely more than $20.

How to pair a PS4 or Xbox One controller with the NVIDIA Shield TV

But the bottom line is this: The controller is absolutely worth spending the extra $20. Had NVIDIA knocked $50 off the price, the argument could be a lot different, but as it stands, it feels like a marketing exercise to compete with the (controller-free) Apple TV 4K on price at $179.

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3
Oct

Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 S Pen features!


Iconic smartphone features are few and far between. Yet with the original Galaxy Note back in 2011, Samsung defined an entire category of phones. You can dismiss it as gimmickry, but the S Pen is unique — no-one has managed to do pen input on a phone as well as Samsung.

The new Galaxy Note 8 takes the S Pen’s capabilities to new levels, further refining features that Note owners have appreciated for more than half a decade. In other words, there’s some new stuff, and also a lot of older upgraded features that, while familiar, are better than ever on the new Note.

Check out our video above for a quick primer on the top eight S Pen features on the Galaxy Note 8.

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3
Oct

Google Home app receives massive redesign


The core functionality remains the same, but the new UI for the Google Home app is sleeker and cleaner than ever before.

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The Google Home app has remained mostly unchanged since its rebranding from the Cast application around this same time last year, but just a day before Google’s Pixel 2 announcement event, a new update has been released that radically changes the app’s home screen.

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Right off the bat, you’ll see that Google is moving away from the Watch, Listen, and Discover tabs in favor of simpler Discover and Browse options. Page navigation has been moved from the top to the bottom (similar to what we saw with the YouTube app this May), and the actual pages for those tabs have been cleaned up considerably.

The Discover page is the one you’ll see by default when opening the Home app, and here you’ll see tips for different functions of your Google Home, recommended searches and features to try out with the Google Assistant, recommended Chromecast apps, and more. This is also the page where you’ll see links that the Google Assistant sends to you for more information on a question you previously asked it.

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Old Discover page (left), New Discover page (right)

Jumping over to the Browse tab, this is the new home for finding TV shows, movies, and music that you might be interested in. The top of the page shows popular TV shows and movies that you can browse through, and scrolling through this list will show specific sections for YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, Google Play Movies, and any other media streaming apps that are linked to your account. Additionally, tapping on the TV shows, Movies, and Music icons near the bottom will take you to specific pages for these categories to help narrow down exactly what you’re looking for.

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Old Watch page (left), New Browse page (right)

Along with these bigger changes, there are also some nice touches throughout the Home app that makes it feel more polished and complete than ever before. TV shows, movies, and music have been given new splash screens that tie in nicely with the new UI, big titles at the top of all pages make it clear as to exactly what you’re looking at, and new volume controls for casting tunes looks insanely sleek.

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All of these changes come with the new 1.25.81.13 version of the Google Home app, and if you don’t want to wait around for the update to hit the Google Play Store, you can download the APK file.

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3
Oct

Samsung announces SmartThings and ADT home security system for $549


Samsung’s new home security system is powerful, but is it worth the $549 asking price?

Thanks to the rise of smart home gadgets, home security systems are now more powerful and accessible than they’ve ever been. Companies like Nest and Ring are trying to make a name for themselves in the home security world with their own offerings, and Samsung just announced that it’ll be partnering with one of the oldest names in the industry – ADT – to offer its own SmartThings security system.

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Like most home security systems, the SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit comes with quite a few gadgets to help you get started with protecting your home. Along with the main Security Hub that powers the whole shebang, you’ll get two sensors for windows and doors and a single motion detector. When the system officially launches, you’ll also be able to add carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms, water leak sensors, and as many other alarms and detectors that you think you’ll need for covering every square inch of your home.

The Security Hub features a touch-screen for controlling arming and disarming all of your security tools, but in addition to this, it can also act as a hub for general SmartThings accessories, such as light bulbs, thermostats, door locks, and more.

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You’ll need to pay $549 upfront for the base kit that comes with the Hub, two window/door sensors, and one motion detector, and like most home security systems along these lines, you can also choose to pay a monthly subscription fee for even more services. A $14.99/month plan will get you 24/7 professional monitoring for water leaks, carbon monoxide, and smoke/fire, whereas the $24.99/month plan offers 24/7 monitoring for panic alerts and any detection of a home invasion.

Samsung’s security system costs $350 more than the Ring Protect.

That sounds like a relatively good deal on its own, but the Samsung and ADT’s security system does not exist in a bubble. Just yesterday, Ring announced its Ring Protect system that costs $199 upfront and then $10/month for similar 24/7 monitoring. Samsung does have the advantage with its ADT partnership, but the difference in price between these two new options is quite substantial.

You can preorder the ADT Home Security Starter Kit and some of its expansion items starting today from both Samsung and Best Buy’s websites, with the system moving to physical Best Buy stores starting on October 29.

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3
Oct

How to fix Galaxy Note 8 battery life problems


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Your phone doesn’t have to die at dinnertime every day.

The Galaxy Note 8 is a big phone, but it doesn’t exactly have a massive battery. In order to keep the phone relatively thin, light and manageable — as best as a 6.3-inch phone can be — the battery had to stay on the small side at 3300mAh. While it’s enough capacity for most people on an average day, not everyone uses their phone the same way and sometimes you hit heavy days where you just need more longevity.

For those situations, we have some tips for getting the most out of your Galaxy Note 8’s battery.

Use power saving mode

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The simplest way to extend your battery life is to take advantage of Samsung’s built-in power saving modes. There are two, of which you’re most likely to use just one: the “medium” power saving mode. This mode does its best to balance extending your battery life with not influencing the experience of using the phone. It reduces your screen brightness, slightly slows down the processor, cuts off background network usage, and turns off the always-on display.

You can customize the medium power saving mode by going into Settings, Device maintenance, and then Battery. Tap on Mid and then tap Customize to change the parameters. For example there’s a good chance you may want to actually keep background network usage on if you plan to use medium power saving mode for a long time.

The phone will prompt you to turn on power saving mode when your battery gets low, but you can also turn it on quickly with the “power saving” toggle in your notification shade quick settings

Look for power-hungry apps

It’s rare, but sometimes a single app can drain a significant amount of battery.

Android Nougat is great about managing background processes and runaway apps, and Samsung has its own additional controls, but if you have a badly made app installed it can still drain your battery faster than you’d like. Unfortunately that means you still need to be diligent about checking battery usage — particularly if you’re tipped off by a battery that isn’t lasting as long as it should.

To check on apps that are using a large chunk of your battery, head into the phone’s Settings, Device maintenance and then Battery to see a readout of which apps are using significant power. It isn’t uncommon to see apps using 1-3% battery over the course of a day, but if you see one in the 5-10% range you should consider uninstalling it, or at least clearing its data and starting fresh with it in case something had gone wrong with its configuration.

Configure app auto-sync settings

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Some apps use up battery every single day but are actually useful or even critical to the operation of your phone. Some of the worst offenders can be apps that backup and sync with a cloud service in the background in order to keep the data current across your devices — and, in turn, they will by default always try to sync up in order to give you the best experience. But you don’t have to keep the settings in their defaults if you prefer battery life over real-time syncing.

Samsung’s own Gallery app automatically backs up photos when you’re on Wi-Fi, and Google Photos has similar settings. Most podcast and music apps have auto-download functions for playlists. Take a look at the settings of these types of apps and see if you can configure them to not update as often — some even offer options to only download data while charging.

Uninstall unused apps

Building on that knowledge about bad apps, the simplest way to manage them is to cut down on the sheer number of apps you have installed in the first place! The average person probably has 100-something apps installed on their phone, but only actually uses a couple dozen on a regular basis. These “just in case” apps you have installed could be using up battery throughout the day — and even if one app may not be a huge leech, a handful of them all taking up a little battery can total a couple percentage points over the course of the day.

If you don’t use an app for a few weeks, just get rid of it!

Jump into your app drawer and really look at the apps you have and how many you actually need. If you haven’t touched an app in a few weeks, maybe uninstall it. You can always install an app again when you need it or if you usage needs change! It’ll be saved in the Play Store as a part of your “library” of previously installed apps.

Turn off Google Play and Galaxy Apps auto-updating

The app stores aren’t always conscious of your battery percentage.

Both Google Play and Galaxy Apps want to keep your apps up to date, and in general that’s the right choice for the average person who doesn’t want to think about manually updating. But unfortunately, neither one is very conscious about when they update — they’ll start pulling down big apps the moment your phone is on Wi-Fi, no matter your battery percentage. You can, however, turn off automatic updates if you don’t want the potential battery drain at an inopportune time.

First, open the Play Store, open the side menu, and tap Settings, then tap Auto-update apps and set to Do not auto-update apps. While you’re there, you may want to turn on notifications for updates so you don’t forget about them entirely! Now open up Galaxy Apps, tap the Menu button in the top-right corner, tap Settings, tap on Auto update apps and choose “Turn off”. Again, consider turning on update notifications so you don’t miss out on new versions of your apps.

Turn off unused radios

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This one’s pretty simple: if you’re not using a radio on your phone, turning it off saves battery. This mostly pertains to the big ones: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. That’s because even when you’re not actively using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the Note 8 is using both radios for all sorts of things. Not only is it regularly scanning for devices it could connect to, but it’s also using that information to help locate your phone in the world as a part of the overall location services package on the phone.

They don’t use tons of battery, but they use some — and if you’re super worried about battery life, just tap their icons in the notification quick settings to turn them off when you know you won’t be using them for a while. To go the extra mile, head into your phone’s Settings, Connections, Location, and tap on Improve accuracy — here, you can choose to turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning, which by default happen even when the radios are turned “off.”

Last resort: A battery pack

Look, no matter what you do there’s no way to make your phone last forever. Even if you tweak and configure your phone to save yourself an extra two hours of battery life, you can still get through that extra reserve quickly if you’re pushing your phone hard. The “last resort” to keep your phone going without having to hug a wall outlet is to buy an external battery pack.

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There are battery packs out there for every budget, capacity need and style. For the Note 8, look for one that’s at least 4000mAh so you know it can give your phone a full charge. Also make sure you find one that supports Quick Charge 2.0 or 3.0, so it can get the phone powered up quickly. You don’t have to pay the higher prices for Samsung’s own batteries, but they sure do look nice.

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