Android Basics Overview Updated January 16, 2018

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If you’re new to Android, Chrome, or anything related to Google, it can sometimes be a little difficult getting yourself familiar with the platforms. That’s why we created Android Basics!

Whether you’re looking for help changing your wallpaper, adding apps to your home screen, removing apps from your home screen, or just want to know how to set an alarm, we’ve got you covered.

All of our Android Basics guides can be found below, in the order they were published.

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How to enable the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL’s grayscale display mode

It’s becoming a popular trend to find ways to curb smartphone addiction, and the latest technique involves making your phone as dull- and boring-looking as possible — by enabling its grayscale mode. Enabling grayscale on a Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL is fairly straightforward, although it might not seem that way since there’s no grayscale option in the phone’s accessibility settings.

Android Basics Stories January 15

How to set up ‘Daily wallpaper’ on Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Some people like to keep the wallpapers on their phone fresh on a daily basis, and thankfully Google thought of those people when they made the Wallpapers app for Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

How to enable ‘Developer options’ menu on Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

You may not realize it, but there are actually dozens of settings for your Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL that are hidden. Most of them are advanced settings that normal users wouldn’t want to touch (much less need to touch), but there are a few in there that might come in handy in some cases. Here’s how to enable Developer options on your Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL.

Over the weekend, social media was flooded by individuals sharing comparisons of themselves with famous pieces of art. This was all thanks to a new experiment within the Google Arts & Culture application…

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Android Basics Stories January 12

How to enable Android Auto’s Developer settings

Whether you’re a developer looking to test out your application on Android Auto or to run an app that hasn’t been released on the Play Store, you’ll need to enable Developer settings. Google hides the option within the Android Auto application but, thankfully, it’s effortless to activate. Here’s how…

Android Basics Stories January 7

How to stream The Golden Globes on Chromecast, Android, Chrome OS, and Android TV

Tonight is the 75th Golden Globe Awards, and unlike in years past, NBC will actually be streaming the award show online and through its mobile and Android TV applications. Here’s how to stream the entire Seth Meyers-hosted event tonight, January 7, at 5PM PT / 8P ET…

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