How to customize Android Marshmallow’s Quick Settings tray

< Android’s Quick Settings tray isn’t new in Marshmallow, but tucked away in the bowels of Google’s new mobile OS is a hidden feature that lets you customize what appears there. It’s a useful tool if you don’t want certain items you’ll never use taking up space in the Quick …

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How to cut, copy, and paste the full URL in Chrome for Android

< Some time ago Chrome opted to hide the full URL when you’re on a domain’s subpage. It certainly looks prettier, but sometimes you want to see the full details or copy and paste the address elsewhere.  Here’s what you need to do: touch once in the Omnibox at the …

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How to turn off heads-up notifications in Android Marshmallow

< Android Lollipop introduced a new type of notification that Google calls “heads-up notifications.” Instead of showing a scrolling message in the status bar—as was the case with notifications in earlier versions of Android—Lollipop’s heads-up notifications slide down over the status bar and provide a larger, more visible notification message. …

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How to change your default browser and phone apps in Android Marshmallow

< The ability to set a different default app for various functions—such as browsing the Web or checking email—isn’t new in Android Marshmallow. But prior to Marshmallow, you had to dig through Settings > apps, clear your default app setting, then go back to the homescreen and re-select a new …

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Extend your Android Wear watch’s battery life with these quick tips

< Smartwatches can do so many neat, amazing, and thoroughly modern things, but they all lag behind traditional timepieces in one key regard: battery life. Even if you’re using your Android Wear watch for little more than telling the time and catching notifications, you’ll probably need to pop it on …

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How to make sense of Android Marshmallow’s new memory manager

< Compared to iOS, Android has always given users more information about the underlying guts of the operating system. In Android Marshmallow, Google takes this one step further with a new memory manager that gives you all sorts of information on how your phone is using its RAM. Here’s how …

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Use Bluetooth to improve GPS accuracy on Android Marshmallow

< GPS by itself generally does a pretty good job at pinpointing your location, but it isn’t perfect. Sometimes, you’ll get a good GPS satellite signal, but other times, your phone’s GPS won’t be able to show you exactly where you are. Android can bolster your GPS capabilities by using …

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A list of all the Google Now voice commands

< Updated 12/2/15: Added Google Now’s ability to read back your text messages. You pick up your phone and say “OK Google”… and then what? Your phone is listening. The microphone icon is pulsing. What do you say to your phone? What can you say to it? Google Now’s voice function …

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How to change Android auto-rotate settings

< Most phones are big now, so sometimes it makes sense to rotate over to landscape mode. If that’s the case, you might want the screen to move along with you, so it’s a more natural experience that matches how you’re holding the phone or tablet. There are a couple of …

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How to browse with incognito mode in Chrome for Android

< Chrome’s incognito mode is the best way to browse the Internet without leaving a trace of where you went. Yet exactly what it does and doesn’t protect you from is often misunderstood. Incognito mode is excellent for checking out sites that you don’t want anyone to know you visited …

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