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Adjust your Android settings to reduce the possibility of overheating

Cellphone overheating is a real risk that can dramatically impact the functionality of your device. To avoid this issue, turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections if you’re not actively using them. Then, turn down your brightness, and exit any minimized programs running in the background. For help with this last part, you may have […]

Remove a potentially malicious app from an Android device

Even for the most sophisticated of users, it’s not impossible to download a popular app and then learn about security vulnerabilities later. To remove problematic apps from an Android device, from the Settings menu, click on the tab labeled General. Then select “Apps & notifications.” Click “App info” and select the app you want to […]

Manage your Android storage space with Google Files

If your phone is being slowed down by unnecessary junk and duplicate (or malicious) files, there are some simple software solutions you can use to help you clean things up as they accumulate. If you don’t already have it on your Android device, you can download Google Files from the Play Store. Once it’s up […]

Enable Do Not Disturb mode for Android

Limit distractions, message previews, calls and push notifications – including SMS phishing texts – by enabling Do Not Disturb mode on your Android device. Simply navigate to the Settings menu, and select Sound. Then click “Do Not Disturb.” Enable the settings that suit you best, and turn on Do Not Disturb mode now, or schedule […]

Turn off biometric mobile access on Android if you fear it could be abused

Facial recognition and fingerprint scanning are convenient ways to tap into your phone quickly while providing security against unwanted access. If you worry the technology could be abused, however, you can easily turn off biometrics on Android. Under the “Lock screen & security” settings, select the appropriate section under Biometrics, and turn it off. Using […]

Make your Android access settings more secure

A four-digit PIN is better than nothing, but it’s not the most secure method for unlocking your mobile device. On Android devices, you can use stronger settings, like complex patterns, sophisticated passwords or biometrics, including fingerprints and facial recognition. Set up a screen lock for your device, and the stronger it is, the better.