Thursday, 16 April 2015

Set up a Mobile Hotspot with Android 4.4

How to Set up a Mobile Hotspot with Android 4.4

So you need to connect something other than your phone to the net but there is no Wi-Fi or network around for you to connect to. Easy just set up a Mobile Hotspot with your phone. Setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android 4.2 was easy and while it can still be done on Android 4.4 the menus and method can be a little different.
A Mobile Hotspot is an easy way to use a cellular data connection (Such as 3G / 4G data) on your phone or tablet and share it over Wi-Fi with other Wi-Fi devices such as your laptop so as they can access the internet via your phones cellular connection when no other networks are available.
Don’t worry its quick and easy to follow this short guide to setting up your own portable mobile hotspot.
1) As a mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot can use a lot of power its best to plug your phone into an electrical output so as you don’t run your battery down.
2) On your Android 4.4 Phone go to the settings menu
3)Under the Wireless & network options you will see more at the bottom, click on this and then you should be able to see a menu labeled tethering & Portable hotspot.
4) Click the Tethering & Portable Hotspot option and the menu opens, and then select the WLAN hotspot option.
*note, the menu options may be named slightly differently depending on your phone and version of Android but if you can open your wireless network options you should be in the right place.

5) There should be a Set Up WLAN hotspot or Set UP Wi-Fi hotspot option.
6) You will then be presented with a setup that has Android AP or perhaps your phones name as the Network SSID, you should change this to make it easily recognizable.
There will also be a Security option as well as a password field. Make sure you have a security setting like WPA2 PSK selected and be sure you use a secure and easy to remember Password.
Once you click save you will go back to the previous menu. Check the Wi-Fi hotspot is enabled and if so you will see a little symbol like the one shown here appears at the top of your phone.
That’s it, it was easy wasn’t it? You can now search for this network using other Wi-Fi enabled devices, find the correct Wi-Fi hotspot name (SSID) and select connect, enter that password and you will be connected to your phone and be able to share its cellular network service. This can be really good when you have a 4G phone as the download speeds are truly fantastic allowing for several device to easily connect to you portable Wi-Fi hotspot and enjoy downloads much faster than you would get with 3G ad in many cases faster than using an Ethernet broadband line.

You should remember that the range for a mobile hotspot is about 10 meters or 30 feet. this can be greatly effected by walls and other obstacles as which can greatly reduces the range.
Data usage fees apply when using a mobile hotspot, your cellular provider may charge on top of a basic service so check with them first. sometimes it can be cheaper to have a monthly data download package.
Don’t forget to turn of your mobile hotspot once you have finished using it. otherwise you could rack up additionally data usage as well as needlessly drain your phones battery.
Disable automatic updates or downloads on each device you will connect to the network. This is a must if you have a limited download allowance and wills stop your laptop or tablet from downloading large amounts of data.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Edit Pictures In Google Photos

How To Edit Pictures In Google Photos

Google Photos App
We are all happy to see unlimited photo storage in Android Lollipop, and Google Photos is a great tool to keep our snapshots of the day and important memories.
It may not be the best photo editing app – that’s true. However, it does come with a simple and efficient set of editing mechanisms that can help prettify your photos. All you need is to know how to use them.
Here’s a simple guide on editing your pictures in Google Photos application on Android.
  • Choose the photo you want to edit. At the bottom of the screen you will see the universal “pencil” icon. Tap on it to bring up the editing interface.
  • The interface itself is clear and simple and navigating it should not give you any trouble.
At the bottom of the screen, you will see 4 main editing categories, under which the appropriate tools are grouped. The four categories are Adjustments, Filters, Crop and Rotate.
Adjustments allow for quick changes in light, colour, pop and vignette – all of which can be adjusted with a slider. All the changes you make will be immediately visible in the picture, and you will be able to confirm or undo them with a simple tap.
If you’re in for a super quick edit, just hit the Auto button on the left.
Filters should be pretty straightforward for most of us. With Google Photos, you will have quite a nice selection, as well as the option to adjust the intensity of the filter you apply.
Crop category lets your resize the photo, by dragging in from the corners of the image.
Rotate will allow you to turn the photo to the preferred position.
Note! Make sure to hit the Save button at the top of the screen so that the changes you have made to the photo do not vanish. The edited picture will then be saved as a new copy – and you will be able to see it right next to the original in your Library.
If the changes you have made to the photo turned out to be not what you had in mind, just tap on Back to original.