Android Phone Camera Tips

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Camera phone comes with advanced features these days. Here are some Android phone camera tips to make you get the best out of your camera phone.

Keep the camera lens clean

Always clean your phone camera lens before using it to take pictures. This will ensure the highest image quality possible according to your camera settings.

Avoid zooming

When you zoom before you take a photo you may not get a good quality image. If you always want to take photos of the highest quality then try as much as possible not to use the zoom function. 

Avoid using the flash

Always take pictures in a well-lit environment for best results. Even if the environment is not well lit, still avoid using the flash. Using the flash usually results in  outputs of uneven colours or whitewashed areas. If using the flash is unavoidable, first of all try adjusting the lights sensitivity settings of the camera and see if it produces better results.

Use High Dynamic Range Function (HDR) 

High dynamic range (HDR) capability is becoming the new standard for smartphone cameras. It enables you take realistic pictures that are closer to what the human eye sees in reality.

HDR is best suited for landscape or nature shots. Don’t use HDR to take pictures of action or moving objects. Also it is not best suited for portraits as it could give too much detail and you may not like it. You can use it to take photos of groups of people instead.

Use camera modes

Take advantage of the camera modes that come with your Android phone. It makes taking shots of certain scenes or scenarios easier.

For instance use burst mode to take pictures of moving objects such as children and animals. In burst mode the phone can take several pictures in a few seconds and reviewing the pictures taken you can select the best of them and keep.

The panorama mode can also help you take a picture of a very large scene and make it look as if it was taken with a single shot.

Add clip-on lens

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A good way to increase your Android phone camera capabilities is to add a clip-on lens.

This type of add-on camera lens helps your phone to take better zoom, wide angle and close up pictures.

How to Transfer Data between Your Phone and PC using a USB Cable

Data transfer with USB Cable

Your Android smartphone is like a mini computer in fact most of what you can do with your laptop you can also do with your mobile phone. So knowing how to transfer files between your phone and PC will make your work much easier. There are many ways you can transfer files from your phone to PC however this article will only explain how to do it with a USB cable.

The USB cable that comes with your smartphone can be used to charge the phone and transfer data. However some USB cable can only charge your phone and not transfer data. Check the information that comes with your USB cable.

How to transfer using the USB cable

1. Connect the USB cable to your device and to a spare USB port on your PC. You may see a notification on your computer telling you that a device is being installed (USB drivers being added). Unlock your phone or tablet and check the notifications panel to see a ‘Use USB for… notification.

2. Select the Transfer files option and then open the  File Explorer on your PC. You should now see you your device listed (Galaxy note 8 for example) in the This PC

section of the window. Click on the device name and select either the internal storage or the MicroSD card if you have one.

3. You will see various folders in whichever storage section you choose. You can now copy and paste or drag and drop files from your computer to the relevant folders on your device. For example, Music files placed in the Music folder, will automatically be found by your music app on the device.

4.  If you are having problems with this process, try the following:

  •  check your computer’s settings to make sure that Windows automatically detects new hardware.
  • Restart your computer and restart your device. 
  • Try a different USB cable and then try a different USB port on your PC.

How to transfer files from your Phone to PC using Google Drive

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Drive Drive is a cloud storage service provided by Google. If you have a Google account then you also have a Google Drive. With Google Drive you can store up to 15 GB of data for free.

To install Google Drive on your Android phone just go to Play store and search for Google Drive then download to your phone.

To install Google Drive on your PC search for Google Drive for desktop on Google search then download the app to your PC.

Now if you don’t want to download the apps you can always go to https://drive.google.com

 login to your account and then you can upload the files and download at will.

General procedure for transferring files from your PC to Phone and vice versa using Google Drive

Install Google Drive on your phone and do the same on your PC

Open Google Drive on your phone, then drag and drop files that you want to upload from your phone to Google Drive. The files will be uploaded to Google Drive. You’ll be shown the progress as the uploading takes place and you will be given a notification when the process is done.

Next, go to your PC open the Google Drive app and then search for the file you uploaded from your phone and then you can download to your PC.

This process is a wireless process but requires an internet connection.

Note that you can also do the process the other way around that is you can transfer files from your PC to your phone using this process.

Below is a detailed process for how you can transfer files from your phone to PC using Google Drive.

1.On your computer, you can upload from  the HYPERLINK

https://drive.google.com/ or

drive.google.com on your

desktop. You can upload files into private or shared folders. On your computer, go to drive.google.com and open or create a folder.

To upload files and folders, drag them into the Google Drive folder or a specific folder you want them to be in.

2. If you prefer to use the desktop version of Google Drive you will need to install it first. Search online for Google Drive for desktop to find it. Once installed, you will see a folder called Google Drive. Drag files or

folders into that folder and they will upload to Google  Drive.

3.Open the Google Drive app on your phone or tablet and you should be able to see the files you have uploaded. You can view and even edit most files but they won’t actually be on your mobile device. If you want them on the device itself, you must download them.

4. To transfer files, such as photos, from your phone to  your computer, open the app where the file was created,select share and choose Share to Google Drive. Once the file is copied into Google Drive, it will become available for you to download to you computer.

How to transfer files from your phone to another phone using NFC

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NFC stands for near-field communication. NFC is a way of transferring files wirelessly between compatible devices. It can transfer files such as documents, photos and videos over a distance of 4 cm or less.

How to use NFC to transfer files between two Android devices

Before sharing content, make sure that both devices are unlocked, have their screens on and have NFC and

Android Beam turned on. 

On your device, open the exact content that you want to share, like a map, photo or web page.

Move the back of your device towards the back of the other device.

 When the devices connect, your device will make a sound or vibrate and the image on your screen will get

smaller. When you see ‘Tap to beam’ or ‘Touch to beam’, tap your screen. After you’ve sent the content, the image on your screen returns to normal size.

Some Android Keyboard Tips

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Here are some tips on how to better use your Android keyboard

HIDE OR REVEAL KEYBOARD: 

The keyboard should turn on automatically when typing is needed or when you tap in the text box. To hide keyboard in any app, tap the Back button once.

TOGGLE CAPS LOCK:

 To type a capital letter, tap the shift key once. If you need to type all letters in uppercase, tap and hold the shift key or double click the shift key.

SELECT TEXT:

To select a single word or selection of text, just tap and hold or double tap around the text area. You can then drag the ends of the highlighted texts to increase or decrease selection. To place a cursor within a text, simply gentle tap the place within the text you want to put it.

CHANGE CAPITALIZATION:

If you need to change the capital of a text, just select it then press the shift key once. It will change the first letter of the word to capital, if you press the shift button again, the whole selected word or words will be in capital and another press of the shift key will change all the word/words to small letters.

USING EMOJI:

To use emoji just Press the emoji button to start.

NEXT WORD SUGGESTIONS:

As you type on your Android keyboard you will notice that some words appear above. These are suggested  words. To use these words in your message/note just tap it. It makes your typing faster.

VOICE TYPING

Tapping the microphone button in your Android keyboard to input text by speaking. Just Press the microphone button and after the prompt say what you want to type and what you have spoken will be typed.

YOUR DICTIONARY:

You can add your own words to your personal dictionary so that your device remembers them. Just go to settings- personal language & input – Google keyboard – text correction – personal dictionary ,then select the language of the dictionary you want to modify. Choose add then type in the word.

How to choose the best phone for you

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There are many phones out there in different shapes, sizes and capabilities. Prices of phones are usually based on its performance and quality.

When you go to market to purchase a phone, the main question you should ask yourself is:

What do I really need a phone for?

If you just need a phone mainly to make calls and send text messages, then you are better off with a low end phone. They are available in various shapes, sizes and quality and are generally cheap. You can get one of these phones starting from $10.

If you want to be able to do more with your phone like take cool pictures, shoot video clips, create short videos, browse the internet, lite typing work on Ms word/docs, then you are better off with a mid range Android or iphone. You can get one of these phones for as low as $65 and as high as $350 .

If you are the type that wants to do premium stuff with your phone, like play high end games, shoot high resolution and 4k videos, shoot stunning cinematic pictures, video editing, machine learning and so on, then you are better off with a high end Android or  iphone. These types of phones can be as low as $400 to as high as $2000.