6 Things to Do Before Selling Your Android Phone

Selling your phone without erasing your personal data will be stupid. So, let’s discuses 6 Things to Do Before Selling Your Android Phone.

Upgrading your Phone every one or two years is getting pretty standard and selling your old phone can help you get a few bucks that you can use in buying a newer, better phone. But, your phone has a lot of information about you and handing it over to someone other with erasing it will be foolish. So, in this post, I will discuss 6 Things that you should Do Before Selling Your Android Phone.

Related: 5 things to do before selling your computer

Check with your Carrier

Some carriers don’t allow selling a locked phone, so, if you are planning to sell a phone that is in contract, first confirm with your career if you are authorized to do it. If you have an unlocked phone, then you are pretty much ready to go.

Backup Data and Save it somewhere convenient

Won’t it be bad if you lost photos of your 4-year kid dressed as Chewbacca in his School? Backup is the solution for that. If you have logged into your device using a Google account and you did not mess with Syncing settings, Google Should have your contact numbers on the cloud that you can access anytime. Still, it does not cover Messages, Photos that you captured and any Call logs. This data may come in handy in future, here is how you can backup it:

Photos, Videos and Other Files on Storage

It is pretty simple, plug your phone into your computer using a USB Data Cable. After you have plugged it in, the Computer should recognize it correctly. Now, go to This PC on your computer, here you should see an icon of your Android device. Double-click on it to open the storage.

backup files from android phonesHere, open both folders and copy all files and folders somewhere convenient in your computer. If you only want to copy Photos and Videos, just copy DCIM Folder. This folder will contain all photos and videos captured by your device.

Backing up Texts, Call Logs, Calendars and Contacts

Texts, call logs Calendars and other data similar to this is not stored in external storage. As I have said before, by default, Google should sync your contacts already. But, to backup Logs and other settings, you can use an app called Easy Backup. The app is completely free, and it will let you store your backups in cloud storage such as OneDrive and Google Drive. Later, you can install the same app on your new Android phone and restore the backup to get your data back.

Complete Device Backup

If you have a rooted phone, you can use Titanium Backup to take a full backup at once. The app will make a complete backup of all apps installed on phone and their settings. There is a catch/ Condition though that you should keep in mind: You won’t be able to restore the backup on a new phone if it is not rooted.

Remove any MicroSD Cards and SIM Cards

6 Things to Do Before Selling Your Android Phone

Very basic steps, but I have a couple of friends who have sold their phone with a MicroSD card attached to it, SD Cards don’t come free, and you are only selling a phone. Giving away your MicroSD card won’t make much sense for you as you can remove and use in on your new devices. It is an entirely different story with SIM Card, without a SIM card, you won’t be able to change your phones without changing your number.

Erase All Your Personal Data

Now that you have made a complete backup and you have removed all external storage, we can move to the big step. You can erase all your personal data from phone simply by Resetting it to factory settings. This is the nuclear option as it will remove all apps and accounts from the phone. All user made settings and customization will be lost, and the new owner will have to set-it-up again just as you did after you bought the phone.

Here is how you can restore your phone to Factory settings:

  • Open Settings. To do this, go to App Drawer> Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Backup and Reset

reset android tablet

  • Tap on Factory data reset under Personal Data
  • If you have set a Password or Pattern, enter it when asked. Factory reset will erase most data from the phone, but, keep in mind that it won’t delete data from a plugged-in external SD Card.

There is one more thing worth discussing wiping data from the phone, while doing a simple Factory Reset should be OK for users, still there will still be a possibility that new buyer can recover the deleted data. If you want to make sure that no one can recover your data from the phone, doing a factory data reset after encrypting the Phone will be a wise step. Encrypting your phone/tablet is straight forward, to do this simply do the following:

  • Charge your phone (the process won’t stop until you have a charged phone)
  • Go to App Drawer > Settings
  • Tap on Security
  • Select Encrypt Phone and then tap on Encrypt Phone on the next screen. After you have encrypted the phone successfully, you can reset the device. This will make recovering your Data Almost Impossible.

encrypt android tablet

Include All Accessories That Came With Phone

Your Phone should have come with some accessories in the retail box; this includes Charges, Data Cables, Headphones, etc. These will be not much of your use as your next phone will ship with its accessories. Including these accessories will be a good thing to do before selling your Android Phone.

Also, the phone should have been shipped with Documentations and Quick start guides, giving them to the new owner of the phone is a good practice as it will make it easy for him to sort out problems should he have.

In doing all this, make sure that you have not included any accessories that did not come with the phone and you bought them yourself. Any additional chargers and aftermarket batteries, Cases will come into this category.

Clean the Device (Physically)

Well, it is not necessary for you, but still, receiving a clean phone will make the buyer feel good. It will feel like you are giving him something that you have taken care of and you have loved. You can find dozens of Screen Cleaning cloths and sprays in the market. If your phone has a removable back and battery, don’t forget to clean these areas too. I don’t recommend using sprays or liquids inside phones as they may get inside phone’s circuit board. A simple fiber cloth and some compressed air will do fine.

What things you Do Before Selling Your Android Smartphone?

Have you sold your Android phone recently? If yes, what things do you do before selling your Android Phone?


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How Much RAM Do I Need In Android Smartphone?

Can’t decide how much RAM your new Android Phone should have ? Don’t worry, just take a look at this guide and you will know how much RAM do you need.

RAM is a very important factor that decides how fast your smartphone can be. While having low RAM will always slow down your phone, having more than needed RAM doesn’t always result in more performance;  and this is why it is really important for you to know how much RAM should be in your new smartphone.

If you don’t know what RAM is, let me simplify that for you, RAM (Random Access Memory) is a physical chip on your phone that stores all your running apps. With more RAM (also called memory), you will be able to run more apps simultaneously on your phone and switching between open apps will be faster and it will result in less reloading.

ALSO READ: Unique Launchers for Android

Almost all modern smartphones have 1GB to 4GB of RAM. In almost all cases, a more expensive phone will have more RAM as long as it is not an old model. So, to simplify your choosing, here is a straight forward guide to how much RAM do you need for your smartphone.

512 MB

You should not be going with a phone with 512 MB of RAM. These phones are usually really old branded phones or too cheap Chinese phones. A Phone with RAM this low will not handle modern apps and games. A Phone with just 512 MB of RAM is also likely to come with older version of Android.

Who is 512 MB RAM good for? No one.

1GB

An Android phone or an iPhone with 1GB RAM should be enough to run most apps. Whereas iPhones are optimized to perform well with just 1GB of RAM, Android usually requires more memory to do multitasking properly.

A phone with 1 GB RAM should be able to run a couple of apps (more, in case of lightweight apps) simultaneously. However, if you are a mobile gamer, you should be looking at phones with more RAM. A lot of titles in play store do work, but you will be disappointed with performance if you install newer, heavier games.

The same can be said about web browsing, 1 GB RAM should be enough for you to use a few tabs on Google Chrome for android, however, as the number of tabs increase, you may find that phone reloads the tabs whenever you switch from one to another.

1 GB RAM is OK for a cheap secondary phone, but you should really avoid it if you are going to use phone for your daily driver.

Who is 1GB RAM Good for? People looking for a secondary phone, users with really tight budget.

2 GB

You can think of an android phone with 2GB RAM to be a good budget device. A phone with 2GB of RAM is enough to handle a few open apps, run most games on play store and run latest releases of Android.

Still, it may suffer if you are tossing too many open apps at same time. As you install dozens of apps and games and open a handful of them, the performance will go down. If you are on a tight budget and don’t mind upgrading phone in every couple of years, 2GB should be OK for you, however, don’t expect an Android phone with 2GB RAM to be a performance monster.

galaxy j7 2GB RAM
Samsung Galaxy J7 has 2 GB RAM

Who is 2 GB RAM good for ? Users with low budget, users that don’t need to do too much multitasking on their phone.

3 GB

With 3GB, we are now talking about performance without breaking the bank, a phone with 3GB RAM is enough to keep many apps open and even multitask when you are playing a game. With a Phone with this amount of RAM, you should be seeing much less app refreshing when you switch between them. Also, this amount of RAM will be enough to not need upgrading because of low RAM for a few more years in future.

You can find many budget android phones in market that come equipped with 3GB of RAM.

nextbit Robin has 3GB RAM
Robin is a budget smartphone that has 3GB RAM

Who is 3GB RAM good for? For most moderate to heavy users, users who want to multitask without buying expensive flagship phones.

4 GB

4 GB Android phones are usually flagship such as Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5. Phones with this much RAM are definitely expensive, but these offer the best performance. Usually people buy a $600 phone because of Camera and other features, not only because of RAM and so should you. 4GB of RAM will keep you covered in running any amount of apps on your phone, heavy and demanding Games and many open browser tabs.

A phone with 4GB RAM may be overkill if you don’t really use many apps and other flagship features of the phone.

LG G5 is LG's Current flagship with 4 GB RAM

Who is 4 GB RAM Good for? Users with really high multitasking needs and no restriction on budget.

More than 4 GB RAM

Just when 4 GB became a standerd for flagship phones, some makers have launched Android phones with 6 GB RAM.

You probably  don’t need this amount of RAM, If the phone maker is not charging you a price premium for the phone, it won’t be the worst idea in the world to go with an Android Phone with this amount of memory.

oneplus 3
OnePlus 3 has 6 GB RAM

TL; DR

Conclusion: Here is how much RAM you need in your Android Phone:

  • 512 MB: Good for nobody
  • 1GB: For secondary phones, For users with really tight budget
  • 2 GB: Users looking for acceptable performance in low budget
  • 3 GB: Good multitasking without breaking the bank
  • 4 GB: Users who are into flagship market and want best performance

I hope that this guide helped you in choosing right amount of RAM for your Android Phone, if you have any questions, do drop a comment below.

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6 Best Opera Mini Tips and Tricks That You Should Know

Love using opera mini ? You will love these Opera Mini Tips and Tricks that will help you in getting most out of the mobile browser.

Opera Mini has been a great web browser ever since it was first released in 2005.
The normal mode consumes a bit more data than Chrome’s Data saver,  but, the extreme mode crushes the competition with its 80%+ Data savings. Here are some of the best Opera Mini tips and tricks to make sure that you use the browser at its best.

Block Ads to reduce Data Usage

Opera Mini is one of a few web browsers that come with a built in ad blocking. Blocking aads makes sense as Ads consume too much bandwidth and also may drag down the performance of your device. To block ads on your phone, simply launch Opera Mini and do to Menu> Data Savings.
from here, scroll down to a toggle labelled Block Ads.

enable ad blocker in opera mini
Enable Ad blocking in Opera Mini

From here you can easily enable and disable ads. As of now, there is no way you can white-list domains so remember to toggle it off if you want to support the site you are visiting.

Remove (almost) All Ads From New Tab Page

By default, Opera Shows you a list of trending news and articles on your new tab page. However, these are filled with ads and sponsored content. These consume Bandwidth and may look annoying to you, luckily, you can turn this off completely and switch to older Speed Dial screen which shows you a grid of your pinned sites.
Even speed dial occasionally will add links to some sponsored sites, but it is much less distracting than the other arrangement.
To apply this Opera Mini Trick, go to Menu> Settings and then tap on Advance.
On the next screen, Tap on Start Page Content and select Speed Dial Only from the popup.

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Enabling Speed Dial Only New Tab

Turn Off Facebook Notifications

This may probably be the most annoying feature of Opera Mini, once you have logged-in to Facebook using the browser, Opera Mini sends you push notifications on your notification drawer from the social network.
It is enabled by default and if you also have Facebook installed on your phone, receiving to notifications about same event can get pretty annoying.

stop Facebook notification
To turn this off, go to Menu > Settings and tap on Facebook Notifications.
on the next screen, un-check the first check box to toggle the notifications off.

Switch to Single Column View

If your phone has small screen, browsing a website that is not optimized for small screen can get quite uncomfortable. In these situations, you can switch to single column view.
After turning it on, the sites are loaded and showed in a single column so you wont have to scroll horizontally.

To do this, go to Menu > Settings > Page Layout and tap on Single Column View.
keep in mind that some sites may not work properly.

Download large files only on WiFi

Mobile network operators are usually more expensive than wireless broadband connections and if you have got one on home or office, it may make more sense for you to download large files on those network as it will cost you less than downloading the file directly through the mobile network provider, not to mention that it can also result in an exhausted monthly data allowance.
luckily, there is a neat opera mini trick that lets you postpone download until you are connected to a WiFi network.
To enable it, go to Menu > Settings and tap on Downloads.
from this screen, select Large Downloads and tap on Always Ask or Wait for WiFi.

Lower the Image Quality to Save Data

Images are usually the biggest data consuming elements, some pages are entirely made using images and if you are low on data, loading all these images in the highest quality can cause the data to consume faster than ever.
To minimize data usage, you can lower image quality and even turn it off altogether. to do this, go to Menu > Data Savings and tap on Images on the next screen.
From the next popup, you can select any image quality that you want.

Do You Have any Opera Mini Tips and Tricks?

Have you been using Opera’s mobile browser? If you have any other Opera Mini Tips, share with others in the comments below.


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Yes, Samsung is Making a Batman Themed Galaxy S7

Samsung has named it S7 Edge Injustice Edition and it has a Batman logo on its back, along with this, the Package includes a VR Headset.

If you have been collecting Batman stuff, watching all movies and cartoons of the Bat of Gotham, It may be a dream come true. Samsung is making a Batman themed S7 Edge.

Samsung has named it S7 Edge Injustice Edition and it has a Batman logo on its back, along with this, the Package includes a VR Headset (Gear VR) and a rubber phone case modeled to make it feel like barman’s armor.

We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and offer a special edition of Galaxy S7 edge for fans of Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Don’t be too happy though, the phone will only be available in China, America, Singapore, Russia and Korea. Also it will be limited edition and will be available on early June.

It is sure that the phone will be costing way more than a normal ( non batman-y ) S7 Edge costs, but it sure will not be much of a concern for die-hard fans.

samsung galaxy s7 batman

Are you fan enough to carry a Batman Themed S7? Share with others in the comments below.

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Cupcake to Marshmallow : History Of Android in One Infographic

Here is a quick infographic that covers the entire history of Google Android starting from the Cupcake release to the latest version of Android called Marshmallow.

Since its launch in 2000’s, Android has gone under some major changes. Rather than being a iOS alternative for nerds, Android now powers almost 80% smartphones in world.

From clunky HTC hero to the sleek Galaxy S7, the OS has changed radically and made it possible for most non geek users to get around their phones without any confusion.

Here is a quick infographic that covers the entire history of Google Android starting from the Cupcake release to Marshmallow.

Click on the image to enlarge. 

android history infographic

Via: Mobilemadhouse

5 Ways to Make Real Money From Your Android Phone

Here are some of the best apps and websites for you to make money from.

Your smartphone is probably sitting in your pocket all the time and you only use it to spend money on Apps, Calls and online shopping. Did you know that you can make some money from your smartphones?

A quick search on Google Play reveals that there are hundreds of app that claim to make money for you, however in real experience, most of them are shady scams that are designed in a way that you won’t really be able to receive the money that you make from the app.

After digging in them, here are some of the best apps and websites for you to make money from.

Google Opinion rewards

The first one in our list is from a familiar face Google. Google Opinion Rewards is a simple way for users to earn some Google Play Store credit. After signing up for the service, you need to complete surveys for Google. After completing any paid survey, you are rewarded Google Play Credits that you can use to buy Apps, Music and Movies for your devices. Even though it is really simple, keep in mind that not all surveys are not paid. The price for each survey is displayed under the survey title.

While Opinion Rewards is not going to pay for your mortgage, it is still a great way to make some money from your Android Phone.

SlideJoy

SlideJoy is a lot different app than Google’s offering, it is an android app that puts Ads in your lockcreen and your home screen. For seeing these ads, you are paid in real money. The ads are often news articles. The best thing about SlideJoy is its simplicity, you don’t even have to click on these ads to get paid.

Android App is smooth on most devices and the app has a fair number of Positive reviews on its Google Play Page.

You can withdraw the amount earned in app to your PayPal account or your Bitcoin wallet.

Online Casinos

All other options in the article are for earning a few bucks, if you have the knowledge and luck, you can earn money by playing mobile casino games at casino.com

Many of these sites even provide you some credit after you sign-up for an account.

Foap

Unlike SlideJoy or Google Opinion rewards, you don’t need to see advertising or complete surveys to earn money. Foap is an Andorid App that lets you sell your Photos for a flat $10. As the photographer, you get 50% of that.

Foap may be a good option for you if you are good at taking photographs and you have a good camera phone.

Taskbucks

taskbucks to make money from andorid

Taskbucks is an Indian app that pays you for installing apps into your android devices. Money earned with the app can’t be directly transferred to your bank account, instead, you can use this money to pay your mobile phone bills and top-up your Prepaid account.

After installing and launching the app, you can see a list of apps available for you to install, after installing any app from TaskBucks, you may have to keep it installed for a set period of time in order to earn money.

What is your favorite?

Among all the apps and sites mentioned above which is your favorite and why? Share with other readers in the comments below.

How To Easily Remove Ads From Android Phone

In this article, we will understand how you can remove ads from android phone. to remove ads from Android Devices, you don’t need a rooted phone.

Yesterday evening, I received a mail from Prins, a reader of GettingGeek, He asked me How he can Remove Ads From Android Phone.

Dear Getting Geek team,
I have an Android Phone that I baught 2 years ago, it is Micromax Unite 2 and it runs Andorid Lollipop.
The phone has good enough features for its price, but I am annoyed with the advertisements that are thrown on me.
Ads are everywhere, in my notification tray, in my home screen and even when I am using a Ad-Free app such as WhatsApp or Google Search.
Is there any way to remove Ads from Android Phone?
-Prins

Advertising is surely a way for App developers to earn a few bucks from their free App. But many times some App makers take it too far, so far that they start showing you Advertising popups in other apps on mobile phones.

Prins did not include any specifics so in this post, therefore, we will cover almost all advertising blocking methods on Android.

Remove Ads From Android Phones

Ads in Home Screen/ Launcher

You can find loads of free launchers on Play Store, but almost all of them are ad supported. In the case of free launchers, the publisher may earn money by giving you launcher for free and charging you for Themes or by showing you app icons as advertisements or including a fake App Store under the launcher or by using all the above methods.

In some cases, you can simply try to drag and delete the Ad. In case it does not work, you should change to a good and ad-free launcher. Google’s Now Launcher is great for most users. Alternatively, you can also buy paid versions of launchers if they are available.

You can check our this guide for some of the best launchers available for Android.

Ads In Notification Tray

App makers may also send you advertisements in your Notification tray; these are especially annoying for busy users. The ads are often in the form of a large image and they take you to a website if you tap them.

To stop these Notification ads form your Android, you can either check on it’s built in settings to turn off the notification or you can disable notification for that app altogether.

Since most App makers that use notifications to show ads are cheap minded, they won’t necessarily include any option to stop them. Hence, the latter way is good enough to stop ads.

remove ads from android phone

Open settings and tap on Apps, from here, select the app which is bothering you with its annoying notifications and on the next screen, uncheck the Show Notification check box below the Application name.

This should stop the App from making you go crazy during a meeting.

If you can’t figure out which of the installed app is sending you these notifications, on the notification tap and hold on Ad and then select App Info.

Blocking Ads on the Internet

Blocking Advertising on the web is a bit different on Android because unlike Desktop version of Chrome, Mobile version does not allow you to install any ad blocking extension.

You can try Mozilla Firefox for Android and install any Ad block extension for it. An easier way to prevent Advertising on the internet is to use Adblock browser; it is based on Firefox browser, so it should be easy to use for you.

Some VPNs and Mobile networks are adding Ad-Blocking support for their services; you can easily know about them by pulling off a Google Search.

Blocking Ads inside Apps

Many people may find it ethically wrong, but you can remove Ads from Android phone apps. The method may differ from App to App. Most Apps do not show you ads if you are offline. You can turn off Wi-Fi or Mobile Data to hide ads and get some extra working space that is otherwise blocked by advertising.

Many free ad-supported apps are also available in a premium ad-free version. If possible, you should upgrade to them. Not only this supports the developer but also you may get some extra battery life due to removed ad tracking within apps.

If you have a rooted phone, you can use AdAway -an App that promises to block all ads on Android.

For more details about AdAway, you can check the XDA thread here.

Other ways to remove ads from your Android Phones

If you see ads even after following all above steps, you should try to remove all apps one by one, and you will probably know which app is culprit,

In case you are still seeing advertisements, you can try to contact your phone manufacturer.

Do you know any other way to Remove Ads From Android Phone? If yes, share with others in the comments below.

How To Disable Pull To Refresh On Google Chrome

Chrome users, answer this question: How many times have you refreshed a Web page on Android App accidentally?

Pull to refresh was a trend that got popular after Google Added it on its Lollipop version of Android. In theory, it provides a seamless way of checking for new or updated content on any App or Website.

When adding it with other apps, Google also added a pull to refresh ability in its Android Version of Chrome.

However, if it is doing more harm than good, you can easily disable the annoying Pull to refresh on Google Chrome for Android.

Disabling this can be really useful if you are like me and use a small smartphone.

Disabling Pull to Refresh on Google Chrome for Android

To disable pull to refresh on Google Chrome for android, you need to open the app and in the URL bar type the following:

chrome://flags

In the next page, you can see tons of additional power user tweaks that are used to customize the chrome web browser. (These are also available on Desktop versions)

 

Now, tap the three dots to open browser menu and select Find in Page

disable pull to refresh on google chrome for android (2)

here, in the text box that just popped up, type Pull to go directly to find the Disable Pull to Refresh Effect

disable pull to refresh on google chrome for android (1)

Under it tap on Enable 

At last select Relaunch Now to restart the Google Chrome App.

Once you have restarted the app, you can see that Pull to Refresh for Google Chrome has been completely disabled. You can still refresh the page by selecting the Reload option from browser menu or by tapping the rotated circle button on the screen.

If you need, you can re-enable Pull to refresh by following he above steps again and at the last selecting the Disable option under Disable Pull to refresh effect on Google Chrome app.

Do you know any other way to do this rather than above? if yes, share with others in he comments below.

5 Best Free Pushbullet Alternatives

Pushbullet is now paid and the free version is useless, In this post, we have some of the best apps that you can use as Pushbullet alternative.

Pushbullet is one of the best apps to make your phone work better with PC. It has the ability to send files from your computer to your android phone, using SMS from the PC and you can use it to view all your Phone notifications right on your computer screen.

If you have been following the news, you may know that Pushbullet is no longer completely free, instead, it now has two tires the first one being free and the latter costing 5 bucks per month.

Usually, when an App maker introduces a paid version of the app, instead of removing features from the free version, he introduces new features into the new app to convince people to upgrade. Pushbullet rather took a different approach and made the free version almost useless.

The following features are no longer available for Free version:

  • Desktop notifications
  • Unlimited SMS
  • Sending large files
  • Universal copy and Paste

Pushbullet may have his own reasons to do it, there are already some great and free Pushbullet alternatives available.

Pushbullet Alternatives:

AirDriod: by far the best Pushbullet alternative

AirDriod has always been one of the best apps made for file sharing between PCs and phones, recent updates have added some of the best Pushbullet features into it.

Sure, there is a paid version of AirDriod available, but as a free Pushbullet alternative, the free version is enough for everyone.I have been using it for 6 months and it seems to be the perfect solution to get phone notifications on the computer.

free pushbullet alternative airdroid
AirDroid for Windows PC

AirDriod is available for OS X, Windows, as a Chrome extension and on Android.

Pushline

Pushline does not have all the bells and whistles of AirDriod, but it is a good Pushbullet alternative if you are looking for an App to get notifications mirrored into your desktop.

free pushbullet alternative pushline

To use Pushline, you will need to install it on your phone and also install an extension on Google Chrome, note that there is no desktop client and also you can’t use it on any other web browser.

Feature wise, Pushline has you covered as long as you can live without file sending to your phone. Unlike Airdriod, there is no paid version and surprisingly, there are no advertising either, making it completely free to use.

ShareIt

Owned by hardware maker Lenovo, ShareIt is a Pushbullet alternative for users who are looking for file sharing instead of notification mirroring.

ShareIt uses Wi-Fi to connect to the phone and after installing it on both your phone and your PC, you can send and receive files. Unlike AirDriod or Pushbullet, ShareIt makes it easy to share files with friends too. In my tests, I have found that in most cases file sharing speed is better than using Bluetooth, but your friends should also have ShareIt installed in order to send and receive files.  There is a remote view also that lets you browse files stored on PC from Phone.

ShareIt is free to use and it is available for Android, Windows, and iOS

Yappy

Unlike the above-mentioned apps, Yappy does not try to become a Pushbullet rip-off, instead, it may be an excellent Pushbullet alternative if you are looking for an App to send SMS from your computer.

free pushbullet alternative yappy
Yappy for Android

Yappy also has good enough capability of mirroring notifications similar to Pushline, but it excels at its messaging features. The UI is easy to use and you can send free messages to other Yappy users.

Yappy also has a paid option that adds some extra features for $2 per month. However, these features are not that necessary so you should be just fine without paying for Pro version.

Yappy is available for Windows, Chrome, Android and even for Mozilla Firefox.

Alt-C

free pushbullet alternative alt-c

One of Pushbullet’s best feature is that you can copy some text on your PC and paste to your phone, it is now in the paid tier, but you can get it for free if you use the free Alt-C app for Android.

As the name suggests, after you have done the setup on both devices, you can press Alt and C on your PC and then paste the text right into your phone, Alt-C is a good Pushbullet alternative if you are only looking for this specific feature and you don’t want to pay for it.

Alt-C is available for Android, Windows and OS X. A version for iOS is coming soon.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Following are the best alternatives to Pushbullet:

  • AirDroid
  • Pushline
  • ShareIt
  • Yappy
  • ALT-C

Which one do you prefer?

Among the above apps, which one do you use as Pushbullet alternative and why? Do you know about any other free app that has the same feature set? Share with others in the comments below.

7 Best Apps To Install On New Android Phones

Just got a new shiny Android Phone and can’t start to fill up with new apps? we will discuss some of the best apps to install on new Android Phones.

Just got a new shiny Android Phone and can’t wait to fill it up with new apps? You are on right URL. In this post, we will discuss some of the best apps to install on new Android Phones.

Pocket

Formerly known as read it later, it is the  best offline saving app for any platform. Many time we see a great post on the internet but due to lack of time we can’t read it, at that moment, if you have installed Pocket, you can save it to your reading list.

ads in pocket

You can read saved articles even if you are offline. You can install the extensions for your web browser to add items to your list from a computer.

The Pocket basic (free) should be enough for most people. You can also opt for the premium version for some additional features such as better searching.

Download Pocket

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a simple To-do app. Wunderlist is now owned by Microsoft meaning you can expect excellent support for it in Windows too. It is already available on most platforms, but having a powerful and straightforward To-Do list manager on your palm can be a big help in increased productivity. Wunderlist is also available in a paid version, but the free version is good for most people.

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Wunderlist has easy options to collaborate with other people and the options to create shared To-Do lists.

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Instagram

Facebook and other social networks can be well used without installing a dedicated app, but Instagram is a different story.

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Instagram is mostly based on the App system as you can’t really do many things on the website. The app works well on most mobile phones, and it performs well even on low-end devices. The latest version also mimics the Force touch feature present in Apple iPhone 6s by focusing on time duration difference between tapping and holding.

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Microsoft Office

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Sure Google has its Google Docs and other apps, but Microsoft’s Offerings are also excellent for their compatibility with Office formats. Office apps are tightly integrated into OneDrive, and this makes doing work on the go a breeze.

Office apps are among the first apps to install on new Android Phones for road warriors.

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Google Chrome/ Opera Mini

There are reasons to have both apps for some people. If you live in a place where you always have access to fast internet, Chrome is the best browser; It still does not have support for extension but When Data saver mode in enabled, it performs better than other heavy browsers such as Mozilla Firefox.

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Arguably, Chrome is the most used web browser in the world. If you use Chrome on a desktop computer, the Android app can sync all your bookmarks and password once you sign-in.

If you live in a place where you may have to deal with too slow internet speed, Opera Mini should be in your app drawer. It has two modes under settings the first one is High Data compression mode, it is not as good as Chrome’s Data compression, the other mode is called ‘Extreme Mode’ it may save your life if you are stuck with a 2G internet connection (It still happens in India).

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Arrow Launcher

It is Microsoft’s second app in our Apps to install on new Android Phones list, we have talked about it in our other posts. Mostly, brands ship new Android phones with their own custom launchers.

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Arrow Launcher is different than all other browsers because it tries to deviate from the path of most Android launchers, It has only 5 Pages on the home screen. One is for Widgets, one for recent contacts and apps. One for apps, Once for Reminders and Once screen for Contacts.

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Arrow Launcher also includes an app drawer which is simply a verticle grid with a search box on top. For people who are looking for a refreshing take on home screen management, Arrow Launcher is worth a shot.

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9GAG

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Arguably the best app to kill time, 9GAG also has a website, but it is only good for a desktop browser. There is a mobile website too, but it keeps begging you to install the Android App. It is worth it. 9GAG has an almost endless supply of images and GIFs to entertain you. Most of them are funny; some are NSFW, and there are tons of Cat pics too.

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How many of them have you tried? Do you know any other apps to install on new Android Phones? Share with others in the comments below.