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7 killer tricks for your Pixel phone's camera

7 killer tricks for your Pixel phone's camera

Got a Pixel? Then you've got one of the best damn cameras in all the Android land. But hold the phone: Your kickass camera can do even more than you realize.

Sure, it takes incredible pictures — but that's just scratching the surface of the Pixel camera advantage. Google's homemade phones have thoughtfully created photo-related software with all sorts of scrumptious smarts baked in. And that means they're overflowing with useful tricks and tucked-away options that are all too easy to overlook.

In honor of my new Pixel Academy e-course — a totally free seven-day email adventure that helps you uncover tons of next-level Pixel treasures — I wanted to share some of my favorite hidden Pixel camera possibilities with you, my favorite Android Police pals.

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This quick Google hack makes searching easier

This quick Google hack makes searching easier

Googling something is second nature for billions of us around the world and it's one of the primary ways we seek new information. If you're a frequent user of the search engine on the web, there's a trick you should know about that will surely improve your googling experience.

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How to save and instantly access your Covid vaccine card on your phone

How to save and instantly access your Covid vaccine card on your phone

While we're still working out whether or not vaccine passports will be a nationwide thing (and they already are in New York), your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card is your current proof that you've been vaccinated. Some businesses, schools, and employers might need it, and certain travel destinations and things like cruises may also require one. A handful of businesses even give you a discount if you flash it. Still, you may not feel comfortable toting around a single flimsy piece of paper without any backup — especially since you can't even be sure whether to laminate it. So, here's an easy way to save a backup copy to your phone and keep it accessible with just a single tap from your home screen.

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Samsung Galaxy buyer's guide: The best Samsung phones at every price in 2021

Samsung Galaxy buyer's guide: The best Samsung phones at every price in 2021

Samsung is probably the best-known manufacturer of Android devices on the planet — you've likely known some less-tech-savvy people who refer to Android phones on the whole as "Galaxies." That's both because its devices are generally competent and well marketed, and also because the South Korean giant makes roughly a billion models at every conceivable price point. So, if you're looking to buy, how do you choose? Here, we break down your options — from super-premium to the bare necessities.

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How to enable photo timestamps on your OnePlus phone

How to enable photo timestamps on your OnePlus phone

Smartphone companies seem to think that watermarks on photos are an ingenious way to promote their products — some even have them turned on by default. Most people will disable this right away, but there are more useful possibilities in this area. OnePlus is testing the option to add a 'Time Watermark,' or timestamp, as we know them.

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Going Google-less: How to install a custom Android ROM with no Google apps or services

Going Google-less: How to install a custom Android ROM with no Google apps or services

If you're an Android user, Google has a scary amount of information on you, and matters get worse if you're deeply embedded in the company's app ecosystem — getting locked out of your Google account can have serious consequences then. Thankfully, Android is open source, so it's possible to evade Google without having to leave the platform altogether — just look at Amazon's tablets or Huawei's Google-less phones. But if you'd rather be completely independent from big corporations, going for a free and open-source custom ROM built on top of Android's core might be the best solution.

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How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

Google ships a ton of free software with Android, but you're still paying for it with your data when you use it. The company can create an incredibly detailed profile of your life thanks to all the details you share with it while browsing the web and using some Google apps. While it's impossible to get rid of all that tracking completely if you don't want to use a custom ROM or switch to iOS, there are a few things you can do to.

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Getting started with video game emulation on Android: ROMs, apps, and everything you'll need

Getting started with video game emulation on Android: ROMs, apps, and everything you'll need

Right now, it's not an easy time to be a gamer looking to play the latest and greatest titles. Between all the headaches you'd face trying to get your hands on a PS5, or afford a 3080 for your new PC rig without taking out a second mortgage, it's enough to make you want to give up on the whole mess. But if you've got even a moderately powerful smartphone, and are willing to invest a little time, there's a whole world of classic gaming waiting to be tapped into (on the cheap, no less) through the power of emulation.

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Here's how to get Instagram Lite if it's unavailable in your country

Here's how to get Instagram Lite if it's unavailable in your country

Facebook just announced that Instagram Lite is now officially available in 170 countries, but there are still many people who don't have access to this much tighter, 2MB small Instagram experience just yet. That applies to countries like the US, the UK, and many more in Europe. But luckily, there's a simple way to get your hands on it right now via our sister site APK Mirror.

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How to go back to an older version of an app on Android

How to go back to an older version of an app on Android

When troubleshooting app issues, sometimes you run into a simple fact: The current version is no good. Maybe you don't like how the app changed, or maybe it has a legitimate bug. Whatever the cause, there is a solution (at least, in the short term), and you can roll back to an older version. Depending on the type of app that's either simple or complicated. If it's not a process you're familiar with doing, we have all the steps you need to take documented just below.

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