Tag Archive: Disable


How to disable the microphone on the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo lineup offers some of the most cost-effective and efficient products to enter the world of smart homes. However, there are times when you don’t want the microphone always listening — such as an Amazon event where they’re saying Alexa every 30 seconds, or figuring out where to bury a dead body — but turning off the microphone on an Amazon Echo is a single click away.

Products used in this guide Amazon: Echo Dot ($  [Read More…]

How to disable the Google Pixel 3 XL notch

The notch.

Does hearing that word trigger you? What about seeing one in a smartphone?

When it comes to display cutouts you probably feel one of two ways about them; you either don’t care or you don’t shut up.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s the hot  [Read More…]

How to disable Adaptive Brightness in Android P

Here’s how you can have full control over your phone’s display.

The brightness of your screen is perhaps one of the most important settings on your phone. If it’s too bright, you have to frantically look for the slider to crank things down. If it’s too dim, outdoor visibility can be impossible.

Android P tries to make all of these adjustments for you with Adaptive Brightness, and unlike similar features we’ve seen in previous phones/Android versions, this  [Read More…]

How to disable background playback on YouTube Premium

Playing videos on YouTube without the screen on is a great feature, but it’s not one we all want turned on all the time.

Background playback is quite possibly the best part of YouTube Premium. Being able to start a fun playlist or a long discussion panel, turn off the screen, and listen while you keep going about your day is indispensable, but there are times where it can get annoying. For instance, you tap a Reddit  [Read More…]

How to disable the notch on the OnePlus 6

There’s an easy way to get rid of that annoying cutout.

One of the more controversial design choices in the OnePlus 6 is a cutout at the top of the display, which bumps the overall screen size to 6.28 inches while retaining the same overall height as the 6.0-inch OnePlus 5T.

ASUS, OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei have already introduced devices this year that feature the notch, and it looks like this unwelcome trend is only set to  [Read More…]

How to disable automatic downloads on your PlayStation 4

You get a say in when your games download updates.

To surprise you with a cool new game you might want to play, your PlayStation 4 is set up by default to automatically download game updates the moment a publisher makes them available. It’s a nice feature, right until it isn’t. Whether you’re on a metered internet connection some of the time or you want some additional control over how your console handles data, sometimes you want  [Read More…]

How to disable personalized ads on Android

Tired of Google spying on your online activities for advertising purposes? You can opt out of ad tracking on your Android smartphone or tablet

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How to disable auto-download media on WhatsApp

Chances are if you have a smartphone, you use WhatsApp. The social messaging app is one of the most used on the planet, but it certainly has some annoyances. One of which is the default behavior of insisting to download any piece of media that is sent to your device and save to your internal […]

How to disable the Edge screen on Galaxy Note 8

If you don’t want the hassle of the edge screen, turn it off!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gives you access to the Edge screen which can make it easier to access certain contacts and apps. However many people never take advantage of the Edge screen’s capabilities. If it does of a better job of getting in your way than it does of making things easier, then you may want to disable it. We’ve got the details  [Read More…]

How to disable icon notification badges on the Galaxy Note 8

This could be your favorite feature … or it could annoy you every single day.

Notification badges are a small but divisive feature that has sparked many an argument among smartphone users. Many users, particularly anyone who’s used an iPhone, greatly appreciate seeing that little circle on their app icons indicating the number of unread notifications. Notification badges have had a spotty but improving past on Android, and listening to demand, Samsung includes this feature in the  [Read More…]