Tag Archive: Mode


Gmail for Android gets a new Confidential mode, here’s how to use it

Google rolled out a new feature meant to heighten the security of Gmail users on Android. The new tool is called Confidential mode and as the name suggests it can be used to send and receive “confidential emails.”

Confidential mode was first introduced when Google’s big Gmail redesign, but the feature was nowhere to be found in the Android app version of Gmail. But not anymore.

With the new mode enabled, users can now set an expiration date for messages.  [Read More…]

Android Messages gets new Material Theme UI and dark mode with 3.5 update

DARK. MODE. IS. HERE.

Android Messages is one of the best texting apps on the Play Store, and with the new v3.5 update that’s rolling out now, it’s about to get even better.

Similar to Tasks, News, and Contacts, v3.5 refreshes Android Messages UI to match Google’s new Material Theme aesthetic. This means that a lot of Android Messages’ colorful accent colors have been replaced by even more white and the in-app text now uses the Google  [Read More…]

How to enable dark mode in the Twitter app for Android

AKA, how to use the best version of Twitter.

Even though Google still can’t seem to figure out how to implement a system-wide dark mode in Android, the Twitter apps’ been rocking one since July 2016.

As you’d expect, dark mode on Twitter takes all of the white elements of the app and transforms them into a dark navy that not only puts less strain on your eyes at night but also looks downright fantastic no matter  [Read More…]

Don’t have Portrait Mode on your Android? Use these apps instead

Portrait pictures with a blurred background (or bokeh) are all the rage right now. Once considered a feature of DSLR cameras, today a large number of smartphones has a dedicated portrait mode to help you create these such photos.

The majority of these phones feature a dual-camera setup where the primary lens is used to capture the subject while the secondary one (telephoto or wide lens) creates depth to differentiate between subject and background.

However, handsets like the Pixel 2  [Read More…]

YouTube’s Dark Mode is frustratingly everywhere except Android

This vision of loveliness brought to you by Substratum and Andromeda, which I should not need to enjoy YouTube in the dark.

I just want to binge YouTube in bed without burning my retinas with a sea with white. Is that so much to ask?!

YouTube announced a dark theme for its website way back in May 2017, and it released its dark theme to iOS users back at the beginning of the year. When you  [Read More…]

This $250 Asus Chromebook Flip can be used in tablet, stand, or laptop mode

Download apps directly from Google Play and more.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 is down to $ 249.99 at Amazon for a limited time. When not on sale, it can generally be found selling for up to $ 300.

The C101PA features a 360-degree hinge and a 10.1-inch touchscreen which allows you to use the device in tablet, stand, or laptop mode. It weighs just two pounds and is only .6 inches thick with a battery which  [Read More…]

Chromecast upgrades its ambient mode

One of the best things to watch when you’re not watching video just got even better.

When it comes to using your TV as a bit of an art piece, Chromecast is right up there — especially when it comes to customization. And now it’s got a new ambient mode that allows for even more options, and more control — and an even better experience. Here’s what’s up:

Within the Google Home app (you’ll need the most recent update  [Read More…]

YouTube for Android just got a new Incognito mode, here’s how to use it

YouTube for Android recently received an important update which adds a new feature called Incognito.

Google has been testing this option for months and now the tool is live for people who are using YouTube on their Android devices. Just like Incognito Mode in Google’s Chrome browser, Incognito Mode for YouTube lets you browse content in private.

So if you ever wanted to hide your Despacito addiction from your partner, Incognito mode is here to help you get away with  [Read More…]

How to use YouTube’s Incognito Mode

Here’s how you can watch videos on YouTube without leaving any trace of them.

YouTube, one of the most popular services in Google’s lineup, now has a new tool called “Incognito Mode.” Just like the Google Chrome feature of the same name, Incognito Mode on YouTube allows you to watch videos in the app without leaving any trace of them in your watch or search history.

Google’s been testing this feature with users for some time, but  [Read More…]

How to allow extensions in Incognito mode on your Chromebook and why you want to

Sometimes being incognito just isn’t enough.

Chrome’s Incognito mode is a great thing. It won’t hide who you are on the internet but it does keep all traces of the websites you’ve visited out of your Google account and local browser storage.

Sometimes, you want to keep those cookies and trackers from being stuck to you and your account. Reasons range from looking at porn to using a computer on someone else’s account to sneaking around the  [Read More…]