How to Organize Google Drive

If you have used Google Drive, then you know how difficult it is to manage the drive (at least for beginners) because of lack of various organizing features. Few similar services like Evernote have a huge range of options to organize any content. Hope Google too adds such features in near future! Now, let’s know how to organize google drive with these limited available options.

Organize Google Drive

Organize Google Drive Using Folders

This is the first thing which comes in mind while organizing google drive. You can categorize all your content into different folders. All know this, nothing to speak more. Just click on “New” option at the top left of Google Drive’s homepage and create folders.

Naming Convention for Files and Folders

Naming Convention can be very useful in the long run. As the number of files increases in the drive, it becomes harder to recognize and differentiate files. Using thoughtful names for files and folder can help a lot in such situations. This can be a short name of the content in the file, sorted numbers, alphabets, etc.

Using Description for Files and Folders

A step ahead of the naming convention. You can add a description to your files and folders which can be longer than the traditional naming convention. This can help in recognizing the content of a particular file without actually opening it. To add a description, select the file or the folder, click on the “i” icon at top right and then click on “Add a Description” option.

Sort Files by Size in Google Drive

There is no direct option to sort files in Google drive. Sorting files are useful especially while deleting files to save space in Google Drive. To organize Google Drive, this is the minimal option required, but it is not readily visible to first-time users. To sort files by size, hover over “Upgrade Storage” at the bottom left and then select “Drive” option. Then you can click on “Quota used” option to sort the files in ascending or descending order based on size.

Add Files Without Increasing Size of Google Drive

This is the most interesting option in Google drive, though not readily visible. Using this option, you can make the presence of the same file at multiple locations without increasing the storage space of the drive. It is like hard linking in Unix based operating systems. In the back-end, drive stores only one copy of the file but has multiple links to open the same file. This is applicable for both files and folders. To add a file at other location, select and highlight the file, and then press Shift+z on your keyboard (hold down shift and then press z). “Add here” options box will appear. Select the destination location and add the file there.

Few important thinks to note while using this option:

  • After you have created multiple links of same files, deleting any one of them will delete all the links.\
  • If you want to delete only a specific link and keep all other links as it is, select and highlight the link file, then click on “i” icon at top right and watch out for the location option in the sidebar. If multiple links are associated with the file, then all those locations will be shown. To remove a particular link, click on the cross mark beside the link’s location.

Add Star to Files to Organize Drive

This is same as the starred emails option inside Google mail. Adding a star to important files or folders will make it available under the Starred option in the left sidebar. Click on the three vertical dots at the top right and select the “Add Star” option.

Using Search and Filters to Locate Files

The Search option in Google Drive is somewhat more powerful than other options to locate files with ease. This search can be filtered based on different criteria like type of file (pdf, word, ppt, text, audio, video, etc.), modification date, file name, words of the file name, owner of the file, location of the file, etc. Just click on the downward arrow next to the search bar in Google drive to view all the available filters.

Using Different Colors for Folders

By default, the color of a folder icon in Google Drive is gray. You can change it into something else to quickly recognize the folder without even looking at folder name. This can be more useful when used in combination with the naming convention of folders. Select and highlight any folder, click on three vertical dots at the top right and then select the change color option. There is no option for custom color, and you have to choose from one of the existing colors.

Manage Versions of the Same File

This is a good option for organizing Google drive. You can upload multiple revisions of same files, and all of them will be available under one file name. This prevents cluttering of Google drive with various versions of the same file. Most of the times these changes are minute and naming each version is time-consuming and unnecessary. Select any file, right-click on it and choose the option “Manage Versions“. You will be able to upload a new revision of the same file. One thing to note is that Google drive stores the older version only for 30 days. To keep it forever, click on the options menu beside the older version and select “Keep it Forever” option.

How to Charge Phone Using Another Phone

Many people do not know that you can charge your phone using another phone when it runs out of battery. It is a phone to phone charging. You can always have a power bank (travel charger) with you to charge your phone. But what if your power bank battery also drains out? This small technique may help you then.

Charge Phone Using Another Phone

To make it simple, let’s suppose you want to charge your phone using your friend’s phone. For this to happen, you require three things:

  • An OTG cable
  • A USB cable for your phone
  • Your friend’s phone should have OTG support.

A USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) cable is used to access and transfer data to USB devices like pendrives through mobile phones. You can buy it from any online store or at the retail, pricing around 50 INR. Here is a preview of OTG cables at amazon.

You may already have a USB cable for your phone provided by your phone manufacturer. Many phones use it as charging cable. It has USB at one end and a small pin at other end. Now the third thing. Your friend’s phone should have OTG support. You can check the phone specifications online or in the phone manual to see if your friend’s phone support OTG.

If you have all these things, then you can proceed further to charge your phone. Connect all these things as shown- first your friend’s phone connected to OTG cable, then your USB cable, and then your phone. As soon as you connect, your phone will start charging. So next time you go out, keep ready a list of your friends who have OTG supported phones so that you can drain out their battery 😛

How to Unlock App Lock Without Password

Wondering how to unlock app lock without password in android phones? Is it possible to bypass the Applock folder-lock on apps without even knowing the password? Yes, it is possible, and here it is how. It is very annoying to see every app locked by Applock in your friend’s phone and you want to access it for some reason. If your friend is nearby then he may tell you the password but what if he isn’t and you really want to use the phone right now (maybe for booking the last movie ticket)? In such cases, you may find this trick to unlock app lock without password very useful.

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How to Unlock Applock Protected Apps

So, how to unlock Applock? It is very easy, and you can do it in just seconds. You can use the below two tricks to unlock the Applock.

Trick 1:

Long press the Applock icon in the app drawer and uninstall it. Problem solved! Now since there is no Applock, no password is required, and you can access any app or folder on the phone. You can also uninstall the Applock by going to settings>>apps>>applock>>uninstall. After you finish the work, just reinstall the app.

Now, what if you don’t want to uninstall the app? Read on.

Trick 2:

  • Go to Settings>>Apps>>All apps
  • Find the Applock app in the list
  • Tap on Freeze or Force Stop

That’s all. Now the Applock app will be stopped or froze. That means it will not work for now. Now you can open any app on the Android phone which was protected by Applock earlier. It will not ask for the password now. Once you finish the task, you can tap the Applock icon in the app drawer or home screen to open it. Now the Applock will move from freeze state to running state and normally work like earlier asking you for a password. This way your friend will not even know that you unlocked app lock without even knowing the password.

Applock Advanced Protection

So now you know how to unlock app lock. But what if you don’t want to become a victim of this. There are few measures here which will protect the Applock app from being opened without a password.

Password Protect Settings App

One way is to use a password lock for Settings app using Applock so that no one can uninstall or force stop it. But still it is not very effective and fully protected. No one can force stop Applock by going to Settings app. But it can be easily uninstalled from the phone by long pressing Applock icon in app drawer and tapping uninstall. So it’s limited protection.

Hide the Applock Icon

Going a step further, you can hide the applock icon from the home screen so that no one can uninstall it from app drawer by long pressing. Open your Applock app. Go to Settings>>Settings Icon>>Check Hide Applock option. Now Applock icon will disappear from the home screen and no one can see it. Now we are fully secured.

If you want to unhide Applock then you can do either of these:

  • Go to Phone app and dial *#*#12345#*#*. It will open the Applock app.
  • Go to Browser (or any other like Chrome) and open domobile.com/applock. For this to work, you need an active Internet connection.

Making Applock Device Administrator

After installing the Applock app, you can make it a device administrator so that no one can uninstall or freeze it. Go to Settings>>Security>>Device Administrators, you should find applock option there. Give applock the administrative rights by checking the applock option.

Using Applock Advanced Protection App

There is also an inbuilt option in Applock which when enabled prevents other from uninstalling or freezing the Applock. Go to Applock>>Settings>>Settings Icon>>Check Advanced Protection. Doing this will download a side app for Applock called Advanced Protection which prevents other from uninstalling or freezing the app. This app works in a similar way as above by getting the administrative rights on your phone and controlling system functions like installing, uninstalling, etc.

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30 Tips to Save Battery in Android Phones

Android, android and android! Everywhere in the market you find android phones. Android phones have replaced all other phones with their awesome look and features. Even the prices have reduced very drastically. But the most worrying thing in android phones is the battery life. Most of them rarely last more than a day. This makes us use the android battery very judiciously.

So, to use the battery of your phone more judiciously, you should be aware of all the ways which drain your battery. And also how to prevent the battery drain. Here is a checklist, you may find useful, to save battery in android phones. I have touched almost all the possible tips but still if something is missing, let me know through comments.

Tips to Prevent Battery Drain in Android Phones

Save Battery in Android Phones

1. Avoid using unnecessary widgets and live wallpapers. They drain battery very much.

2. There are few apps which drain more battery than others. Find some other alternate app(s) and avoid using such battery draining apps.

3. Don’t place your phone in heat. When temperature around the phone is high, the battery drains very quickly. So think twice when placing your phone inside your car which is standing in the hot sun!

4. Use airplane or flight mode when required. When you don’t use your phone (like in a meeting or class), better turn on the airplane mode which saves the most your battery.

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5. Don’t run too many apps in the background.

6. If none of the above and below tips work for you, then consider buying spare battery.

7. I know how much it’s irksome to keep a spare battery and replace it in your phone everytime. Try power banks instead (also called portable charger, see above image). You can get power banks online for low cost and charge your android phone anytime anywhere.

8. Reduce screen brightness and use vibration mode only when required.

9. If your phone is rooted then you can try some special apps (like Greenify) which helps in reducing battery drain. You can also consider flashing your phone with some custom ROM (like CyanogenMod) which utilizes your battery more efficiently.

10. Check whether you have your wifi turned on. If it’s on, then turn it off as it drains your battery a lot.

11. Nothing drains your battery faster than the hotspot or bluetooth tethering in your phone. See that it’s not turned on.

12. Internet especially 3G and 4G utilizes more battery. When you do not require high speeds (for normal browsing), better to use 2G instead of 3G and 4G.

13. Dual SIM phones use more battery than single ones. If you don’t use the second SIM often, then consider deactivating it whenever it is possible.

14. When your phone is in Roaming, there is continuous switching between different networks. Your phone searches for network signal very often which drains more battery. So, if you don’t find signal in an area, better to turn the phone off or ON the airplane mode while in Roaming.

15. From above tip you may have known by now that even if you are in your home network but if you have poor signal then also it may drain more battery (phone constantly searches for signal). So use such SIMs which have full strength signal in your area.

16. If you don’t require stop GPS and location detection in the phone.

17. Reduce your screen timeout to minimum.

18. Make use of standby mode. Simply press the power button and your phone goes into standby mode.

19. Reduce notification frequency of the apps. Notifications at an interval of 1 hour is sufficient for most of the apps (may not be applicable to whatsapp, hike, facebook etc).

20. Update your apps. Applications often get updated to use less battery power. But turn off automatic updates. Few apps get updates very frequently and if automatic updates is turned on, then there will always be something running in the background to drain your battery. So once every month update all your apps manually.

21. Few people even say, Use darker themes and darker apps.

22. Use batteries recommended by your phone manufacturing brand. Though third party batteries are cheap and easy to get, using them may not work well with your device.

23. If there is Power Saving Mode option in your phone (present in few phones with latest android updates), then use it.

24. Turn off auto sync option for your Google accounts, Dropbox and other cloud services.

25. You can also root your phone and remove all those blotware which come pre-installed in your phone. Some of those apps use more battery and are often unnecessary.

26. Stop continuously playing games, music and watching videos for long time. The more you do these things, the more the battery gets drained.

27. While taking photos use the camera and the flash very judiciously.

28. Never overcharge your battery. Some say that it decreases your battery life and you get poor performance from it. Check it out and see if true or not.

29. Use good phones. Phone manufacturers cannot always be trusted. Battery measuring units(mAh) being same, some phones give better battery power than others. So, choose good ones.

30. If your ultimate goal is to save the battery, just switch the phone off!

If you follow all these tips, then surely there is no use of owning an android phones. It will be same like using the earlier box type phones. What’s the point in owning an android and not using GPS, 3G, Hot-spot, multiple apps, auto sync etc? Right? So just follow those things which you think are necessary and applicable to you. Now do you have in your head, few more awesome tips to save battery in android phones. Then you are genius man! Awaiting your tips in the comments.

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Free Mobile Recharge in Any Android Phone

Do you own an android phone? Then you are luckier than many others out there! With an android phone you can enjoy lot of free apps, games, music and not to forget that great user experience while surfing internet. But above all these, there is something more with android. The android platform has many apps which can get you real cash! You can get free mobile recharge using these apps and sometimes you can even get green notes to count. 🙂 Reducing your monthly bills on calls and internet is easier now. Today I have come up with a similar app called Eureka. Let’s see how Eureka App works.

Eureka Android App

How to get Free Talktime in Android Phone using Eureka App

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Eureka works on the concept- View Our Ads and Get Rewarded. As simple as that. After you install the app on your smartphone, you will be able to see few full screen ads now and then. You will get paid for viewing these ads. Eureka mobile advertising is an effort towards rendering targeted ads to the people. The ads which you see are based on your interests which you can specify in the app. These ads are a mixture of offers, deals, ads of specific companies, and some are even interesting facts and articles from the internet.

Here is a step by step way to install Eureka App and get started with it.

  • You will be required to verify your mobile number. So a code will be sent to your mobile number through sms. Enter the code in the field provided and accept the terms and conditions.
  • In the next screen you will be asked to enter your referral number. If you want to thank me for this awesome app, please enter the number 8125138935. You can even skip this but if you enter some referral number then you may get some advantage over others though not now.
  • Sign up finished and after sometime you will be able to see ads. Clicking on My Eureka, you can view the most recent ads.

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This app needs active data connection so that it can download the ads over internet. So make sure that the app has access to internet atleast few times a month. The app works both for prepaid and postpaid users. You can get a minimum talktime of Rs 30 every month as long as the app is installed on your phone.

Want something more! There is one more app which you can use along with Eureka app for extra talktime. Read the post: Get Rs 300 talktime free every month using MAdlock App in Android Phone.

You will get points everyday for using the app which you can redeem for free mobile top up or some deals and offers. You will get login id and password after the sign up. You need to login to Eureka redemption portal using these credentials and redeem your Eureka points for free mobile recharge. Visit Eureka Mobile Advertising page for more information regarding the app.

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