How to force 3G/4G only on any Android 6.0 marshmallow device easily

If you are a regular user of cellular data connection then you might have noticed that weak 3G or 4G signals results in the downgrading of cellular network to lower band. If, you were using the 4G network and you move to a location where the 4G network signals are weak then your phone will automatically switch to the 3G which will give you decreased speeds.

But, if you are looking for a way to force 3G or 4G only to stop the downgrade of network then the simple trick mentioned below will surely help you without the need to install any third party app.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to force 3G/4G only on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device in seconds.

Instructions:

Note: The method below has been tested on stock Android 6.0 but, it might also work on other customized Android Marshmallow versions.

  • First of all, open up dialer app and type the following code:

*#*#4636#*#*

  • The ‘Testing’ screen will open. Here tap ‘Phone information’.

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  • Phone info’ screen will open. Here scroll down until you see the ‘Set preferred network type’ and select ‘LTE only’ or ‘WCDMA only’ depending on your requirements.

Tip: LTE means 4G while the WCDMA only means 3G.

Note: If you force 4G or 3G only and go to a location where the selected network type is not available then you might lose network signals which can result in the lack of connectivity. You won’t be able to use your phone for cellular activities like calls, SMS and data connection.

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  • That’s all.

You may visit our Android 6.0 Marshmallow Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Android 6.0.

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How to enable double tap on navigation bar to sleep the Windows 10 Mobile in few steps

If you are one of the Windows Mobile owners who have the double tap to wake on their Windows Mobile devices then you might also want to use the double tap to sleep your Windows device. Microsoft has added a very useful option to double tap on the navigation bar of your phone to put it to sleep.

Simply follow the instructions below to enable the double tap to sleep on your Windows 10 Mobile device.

Before proceeding to the instructions, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • You would need at-least second generation Windows Phone device which have the on-screen navigation bar instead of the hardware buttons.
  • You must be running the latest Windows 10 Mobile build either in stable release or the Insider Program to use this feature. Windows Phone 8.1 doesn’t support this feature.

Instructions:

Now, let’s proceed to the instructions

  • First of all, open up ‘Settings’ app. Here navigate to ‘Personalization’ > ‘Lock Screen’.
  • Once in ‘Lock Screen’, navigate to the end of the page. Here you will see the ‘Double-tap the navigation bar to turn off the screen’. Enable it by moving the slider switch to right.
  • Now, whenever you double tap on the navigation, your phone’s screen will turn off and your phone will go to sleep.
  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the steps of the enabling the double tap to sleep.

You may visit our Windows 10 Mobile Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 10.

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How to record voice calls on your Windows 10 Mobile Phone by using the built-in option [Video]

f you have been using Android or iOS then you might have noticed that you could easily record the voice calls being done from your phone. But, Windows Phone aka Windows Mobile was missing this feature to record voice calls which was leaving the people to use third party apps which are not free.

But, with the latest Windows 10 Mobile builds, Microsoft has added a useful way to record all your voice calls with a single tap. You can simply press the record button and the voice call between you and other recipient will start getting recorded.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to record call easily.

Instructions:

  • First of all, you must be running the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile. You can go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Update & Security’ > ‘Phone Update’ and check for updates. If new updates are found, install it.
  • Now, whenever you want to record a voice call between you and other recipient, you may simply press the record button (refer the screenshot) while on the calling screen.

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  • Your phone will prompt you about the legal responsibility and consequences of the call recording. Press ‘Record‘.

Note: You must be aware of the consequences of the call recording as it might be against the law in your region or the other party might be able to sue you for recording the conversation. We are posting this method just for educational and lawful method!

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  • You can see the recording sign when the call is being recoded.

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  • Once you end the call, you can find the recorded voice call in the ‘Recorded Calls’ folder of internal memory where the recorded call will be named after the contact you were having conversations with.
  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the same process in details.

You may visit our Windows 10 Mobile Tips & Tricks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 10 on Mobile.

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How to see the available free storage in Windows 10 easily [Video]

Windows 10 is optimized for low disk footprint and takes just 10GB of storage but, the apps installed can take much more space. Windows 10 has made it very easy to see how much free space is available across all your devices.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to see how much storage is available on your Windows 10 device.

Instructions:

  • First of all, open up ‘Settings’ app (3 best ways to open Settings app)
  • Now, navigate to ‘System’ > ‘Storage’ section.
  • Here you will see all the disk drives of your Windows 10 PC along with external drives. The bars shows the total and used space of your Windows 10 device.

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  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the same process.

 

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How to quickly adjust Brightness level in Windows 10 from Action Center shortcut [Video]

Brightness of your device can be considered the major reason of battery drainage. You might want to quickly adjust the brightness of your screen but, don’t want to go all the way to Settings to adjust the brightness.

Windows 10’s Action Center allows you to adjust the screen brightness easily by using the quick action shortcuts.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to adjust the screen brightness from Action Center.

Instructions:

  • First of all, open up Action Center by pressing the icon on taskbar or swiping left from right edge of screen.
  • Once the Action Center is open, you will see quick action shortcut toggle switches. Find the brightness button. You can press the ‘Expand’ button to see more buttons.
  • Press the brightness button to adjust between different pre-determined brightness levels.
  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the same process.

 

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How to pin any app’s shortcut icon on taskbar of Windows 10 [Video]

Windows 10, just like previous Windows allows you to pin the shortcut icons of apps to the taskbar for quick launch easily. Pinning icons of apps on taskbar takes seconds and you can pin as much icons as your screen resolution supported and taskbar’s available space allows.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to pin app icons to taskbar.

Instructions:

  • First of all, open up Start Menu. Now, right click or long press the icon of any app which you want to be pinned to taskbar.
  • You will get the option of ‘Pin to taskbar’ in contextual menu. Press it
  • Now, the shortcut icon of that particular app would be pinned to taskbar.
  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the same process.

 

How to switch between Tablet and Desktop Mode in Windows 10 [Video]

Windows 10 is designed specifically for the touch screen devices and Microsoft has decided to introduce a new tablet mode option in Windows 10 which makes all the elements on the Start Screen of Windows 10 touch friendly.

Switching between tablet and desktop mode is very easy and takes seconds and can be done easily on any device.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to switch between tablet and desktop mode easily.

Instructions:

  • First of all, open Action Center by pressing the Notification Icon on taskbar of swiping left from right edge of screen.
  • Action Center will open. Here look for ‘Tablet mode’ quick action toggle button.

Tip: You can press the ‘Expand’ button to see more toggle switches.

  • Press the ‘Tablet mode’ button to switch between tablet and desktop mode.
  • That’s all!.

Here is a quick video showcasing the same process.

 

How to see the Wi-Fi usage by apps in Windows 10 [Video]

If you are an internet user then, you might be familiar with the data usage which must be monitored to keep up with your data plans. Windows 10, just like Windows 8.1 includes the option to see your Wi-Fi usage as well as see which app has used how much internet data.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to see how much Wi-Fi has been consumed by your PC.

Instructions:

  • First of all, open ‘Settings‘ app (follow the instructions in this article to find best ways to open Settings app).
  • Once opened, navigate to: ‘Network & Internet’ section. Here press, ‘Data usage’.
  • You will be able to see the data usage of your device for the last 30 days.
  • Press the ‘Usage details’ button and you will be able to see which app has consumed how much data where all your installed apps can be seen.
  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the same process.

 

How to get the Numeric row back on top in Google Keyboard with Material Design from Android 5 Lollipop [Video]

 

Google has recently updated the Google Keyboard for Android devices which includes a new design called Material which is same as the user interface of Android 5.0 Lollipop. But, the new keyboard has also removed the dedicated numeric row of keys on top of alphabets which is making it annoying for some users to switch to symbols to use numbers.

If you are looking for a way to get the numeric row back on top of Google Keyboard then, you are at right place. We will be telling you a simply way to get the numbers back on top of alphabetical keys using Google Keyboard.

Follow the instructions below and you will have the numeric rows on Google keyboard in seconds.

Instructions:

  • Hoping you have installed the latest update for Google Keyboard, open up the keyboard by going to any text app. Once the keyboard is open, long tap the ‘comma’ key (refer the screenshots below) and you will get the ‘settings’ icon in pop up. Select it.

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  • A pop menu will open. Here select ‘Google Keyboard Settings’.

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  • Your ‘Google Keyboard Settings’ will open. Here press ‘Appearance & layouts’.

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  • Here select ‘Custom input styles’.
  • Once in custom input style press the ‘+’ icon on top right corner.

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  • A pop will open. Here select ‘English US’ as language and ‘PC’ as layout. Press ‘Add’.

Note: You can select any other language for your keyboard, as well.

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  • You would be asked that the custom style must be enabled before using it. Press ‘Enable’.

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  • You would be taken to Language settings of Google Keyboard. Check ‘English (US) (PC)’ from list and uncheck all other options.

Note: You might have to disable ‘Use system language’ option before selecting ‘English (US) (PC)’.

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  • Now, go back to your Google Keyboard and you will have the numeric key row on top of your keyboard.

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  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the same process.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Android.

How to see the last time your Android 4.4 Kitkat phone/tablet was rebooted easily

Android 4.4 Kitkat has got dozens of awesome features and some of them are hidden ones like the ability to force 2G, 3G or 4G only mode. Another feature of Android phone is the ability to see when the last time your phone/tablet rebooted.

Although, many of you won’t care about the reboot of your phone/tablet but, people like me always like to see when and why the Android 4.4 Kitkat device rebooted without my authorization. Sometimes, some malicious or un-responding apps can make your Android device reboot while sometimes, some apps require reboots for proper functionality.

If you are reading this post then, you were looking for the way to know when your Android device rebooted. Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to see when your Kitkat device rebooted.

Instructions:

Method 1:

  • First of all, it is necessary that you are running stock Android Kitkat otherwise, custom firmware like the ones found in Samsung, HTC, Huawei and/or LG etc may not include this option. If you can’t find the option using the method below then, you may follow method 2 right after that.
  • Open up Settings and navigate to ‘About phone’ > ‘Status’.
  • Here you scroll to the end of the page and you will see the option named ‘up time’. This is the time when your phone/tablet rebooted e.g. my phone was rebooted 23 hours, 15 minutes and 39 seconds ago.

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  • That’s all!

Method 2:

If you can’t get the reboot time using the method above then, you may follow the second method.

  • Open up ‘Dialer’ and type the following code:

*#*#4636#*#*

Note: This code isn’t related to your cellular network and/or SIM card. It will just open the Android testing menu on your device.

  • Once opened, tap ‘Battery information’.

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  • Here you will be able to see ‘Time since boot’. This will indicate the exact time your phone rebooted.

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  • Enjoy!

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Android 4.4 Kitkat.

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