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Joker Malware Infects Over Half A Million Huawei Smartphones

More than 500,000 Huawei smartphones have reportedly been infected with the Joker malware via appropriately manipulated apps from the manufacturer’s own app store, the AppGallery, under EMUI 8 to 11.

Joker malware is spyware that spies on messages, contacts, and other personal and sensitive data of smartphone owners. In addition, it can also book premium services without the user’s knowledge, thus creating unpleasant traps in the form of financial obligations. A total of ten applications were infected with this malware in Huawei AppGallery.

The malware Joker, which has been appearing again and again since 2017 and on April 7th, by the antivirus software manufacturer Dr. Web Anti-Virus was once again detected on Huawei smartphones.

According to Bleeping Computer, at least 538,000 smartphones from Huawei are said to have been infected with the malware via AppGallery.

The following apps were identified as culprits.

  • Fun Color (com.funcolor.toucheffects)
  • Superkeyboard (com.nova.superkeyboard)
  • All-in-one messenger (com.messenger.sjdoifo)
  • New 2021 Keyboard (com.newyear.onekeyboard)
  • Camera MX – photo video camera (com.sdkfj.uhbnji.dsfeff)
  • BeautyPlus camera (com.beautyplus.excetwa.camera)
  • Color RollingIcon (com.hwcolor.jinbao.rollingicon)
  • Funney Meme Emoji (com.meme.rouijhhkl)
  • Happy Color (com.colour.syuhgbvcff)
  • Happy Tapping (com.tap.tap.duedd)

These applications show more than 530,000 downloads on Huawei AppGallery. Huawei has already been informed of this fact and has removed the application from the store.

If you have one of these applications installed on your phone, you should remove it as soon as possible.

The Joker malware is not only an issue on smartphones with Huawei’s EMUI operating system. In October 2019, Kaspersky discovered over 70 apps compromised with the Joker malware that made it into Google Play. In January 2020, Google itself announced that between 2017 and 2020, the company had removed a total of more than 1,700 Joker apps from the Play Store before they could be downloaded by users.

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5 File Conversion Apps for Android

Did you get a docx file and need to convert it into a PDF file? Sure, there are apps you can use to do this on your computer, but you don’t have to wait until you’re at your computer. Try file conversion apps for Android instead, which let you see and use your file now versus later.

All of the apps listed are free, though some do have premium features that require a subscription. If you sign up for a free trial, make sure to cancel it within 24 hours in the Google Play Store. It’ll be listed under “Subscriptions” in the main Play Store menu.

1. VidCompact Video to MP3 Converter

If you want the app to do more than just convert the format of your files, VidCompact is an excellent choice. The app allows you to convert videos to MP4, videos to MP3, and you also have the option of changing the resolution of the video before it is converted. As the name implies, it’s just for video and audio files.

5 File Conversion Apps For Android Video

While all the features were once free to use, some now require an in-app purchase or subscription. There is a free three-day trial, which could be longer in my opinion. Besides being able to change the format of the files, the app also allows you to batch compress, crop, trim, and modify audio frequencies, and it supports formats such as MOV, HD, WMV, AVI, MPEG, MKV, 3GP, RMVB, and FLV.

All the videos you convert will be stored in the “My Studio” folder. The app also has an easy-to-understand user interface.

A similar app, Video Compressor and Converter, is a great alternative. It also has in-app purchases but works well.

2. File Converter

One of the best all-in-one file conversion apps for Android is File Converter. It has various types of converters, such as image, audio, video, eBook, document, metadata, archive, and hash.

Convert Green

Tap on document converter and on the current format of the file. Select the folder icon at the top and choose your file. The final step before your file is converted is selecting the format you now want the file to have.

Convert Upload

Under Output, choose “Target Format” and tap on the new format. To start the conversion process, tap on the Play button at the bottom.

What’s different about this app is that your file is sent to their servers, and once the process is over, the file is downloaded to your phone. The size limit is 100MB. The plus side is everything’s free.

3. PDF Converter

With PDF Converter, you can convert as many files as you want, since the app doesn’t place a limit. The file does not lose quality after the conversion, and you can choose to either scan a document, select a file on your device, or add it from Dropbox, Drive, OneDrive, or others.

Convert from most popular document types to PDF and vice versa. It even turns images into PDFs.

Convert Pdff

Once the file has been converted, tap on the drop-down menu and choose to either open it, send a copy, get details, rename, remove, or delete it.

Convert After

The app also makes it easy to find files you’ve converted. Tap on the three dots at the top right and choose Sort Files. You can sort your files by date or name.

There is one major downside to this app. You can only convert three files before upgrading to the premium version. This is a good way to try the app, but you may want to try some of the other options first to avoid paying.

4. Batch Image Converter

Just as the name states, with Batch Image Converter you can change the format of various image files simultaneously. This makes it one of the more popular file conversion apps for Android. You can convert your images to JPG, PNG, WEBP, GIF, or PDF.

Convert Batch

If you’re going to convert an image to JPG, you’ll be able to fill the transparency with the color of your choice. Simply use the color slider to create the color you want. The app keeps things simple, so it’s a great app if you’re only interested in converting an image without all the extras.

There are in-app purchases, but it’s not necessary to use the app. You can pay to get rid of ads and increase the number of files you can convert at one time.

5. All File Converter

All File Converter is another all-in-one file conversion app for Android. It handles documents, images, video, music, and more. It’ll even handle ebooks, though Calibre makes it easy to do conversions on your desktop if necessary. Files upload to All File Converter’s servers but are deleted after 24 hours.

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The interface couldn’t be more straightforward, making it simple to choose your desired file format. Some users have had issues with archive files, so that may be a glitch to watch out for.

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8 Dangerous Android Apps Identified by Cybersecurity Firm

I say this often in these news sports, but there just doesn’t seem to be an end to the bad actors in the tech space. It takes constant work on the part of the tech giants, developers, and the app stores to stay a step ahead of the cybercriminals. There are constant warnings of apps, websites, and companies being attacked, and now eight more “dangerous” Android apps have been identified.

Check Point Warning

“Hackers always seem to be one step ahead of Play Store’s security measures,” explained Ekram Ahmed with cybersecurity firm Check Point Security. “We’re consistently finding that the Play Store struggles to fend off hackers from infiltrating their apps.” He told Forbes that it’s the simplicity of the latest malware “that’s the most dangerous aspect of this campaign.”

This new malware is being referred to as “Clast 82.” It can “install any malware on the device.” A mobile remote access trojan is included on Clast82 that can control devices where it’s installed. It’s often connected to the AlienBot banking malware. Check Point contends Clast 82 can take “full control over a victim’s phone – making it as if the hacker is holding the phone physically.”

Earlier this month, there was a warning about another Android app that still hasn’t been removed from the Play Store, but there are more. Check Point issued a warning a year ago about two malware variants.

Dangerous Android Apps Play Store

Even back then, Check Point had said, “Malicious apps are still finding their way onto Google Play.” The cybersecurity firm’s Aviran Hazum had said,” Google is investing to battle malicious apps, but given the current state, it’s not enough.”

Clast82 “utilized third-party resources like FireBase and GitHub, alongside a ‘switch’ to turn on and off the malicious behavior. … Victims thought they were downloading an innocuous utility app from the official Android store, but what they were really getting was a dangerous trojan coming straight for their financial accounts.”

While Google has initiated efforts to keep the Play Store clean, again, bad actors are always a step ahead. With the recent dangerous Android apps, while Google was evaluating them, the “switch was off, and there was no contact with malicious payloads or execution of dynamically loaded payloads. But when the app was approved by Google, the threat actor flipped the switch and turned on all of the capabilities of Clast82.”

It’s hard to blame Google in this instance – it did what it needed to and assumably thought it was approving safe apps. “The payload dropped by Clast82 does not originate from Google Play, thus the scanning of applications before submission to review will not prevent the installation of the malicious payload,” said Check Point.

Delete These Dangerous Android Apps

This all comes at a time when Google is trying to clear its slate. It’s trying to repair its reputation by vowing to no longer collect individual user data, but at the same time, it has these dangerous Android apps on the Play Store.

Dangerous Android Apps Phone

Here’s what you can do: in lieu of Google not rejecting these apps, you can look over apps more carefully before downloading. Make sure you always check the app permissions. Know what you’re giving access to.

These are the eight apps that are deemed dangerous. If you have downloaded them, delete them immediately.

  • Cake VPN (com.lazycoder.cakevpns)
  • Pacific VPN (com.protectvpn.freeapp)
  • eVPN (com.abcd.evpnfree)
  • BeatPlayer (com.crrl.beatplayers)
  • QR/Barcode Scanner MAX (com.bezrukd.qrcodebarcode)
  • Music Player (com.revosleap.samplemusicplayers)
  • tooltipnatorlibrary (com.mistergrizzlys.docscanpro)
  • QRecorder (com.record.callvoicerecorder)

If you have these apps on your phone, Ahmed warns, “you risk having your financial credentials in the hands of dangerous people.” It just seems like there is no way to escape this. If you own technology, you just have to stay on your toes and always look in front of you.

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Data Leaks Found on Android and iOS Apps Stored in Cloud

If there were ever a compelling season to not trust third-party app developers with your data, it’s this. A mobile security firm has found data leaks from thousands of third-party Android and iOS apps through cloud storage.

Data Leaks Discovered

It would be great to say this is stunning news, but it’s not. It’s really not all that surprising that user data was leaked while unsuspecting mobile users continued to set up their many accounts.

It all comes down to data being mishandled. It doesn’t appear to be egregious – it was just carelessness. Instead of storing data on their own servers, third-party mobile app developers carelessly stored user data in the cloud and more or less left the door open.

Data Leaks Discovered Phone

Mobile security term Zimperium ran an automated analysis on 1.3 million Android and iOS apps, checking for misconfigurations in the storage of data. 84,000 Android apps and nearly 47,000 iOS apps were found to be using a public cloud service to store user data. Services such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure were used. Of those apps using cloud storage, 14 percent exposed users’ personal information, which included passwords and even medical information.

“It’s a disturbing trend,” says Shridhar Mittal, Zimperium’s CEO. “A lot of these apps have cloud storage that was not configured properly by the developer or whoever set things up, and because of that, data is visible to just about anyone. And most of us have some of these apps right now.”

What’s worse is that the researchers reached out to some of the developers and had very little response – and many of the apps still have exposed data.

Data Leaks Discovered App Store

Potentially, the data leaks include a lot of personal information on the users. Some of the apps had a few thousand users, while others had a few million. Financial data from a mobile wallet belonging to a Fortune 500 company is among the exposed data. So is a large city’s transportation data and the testing data from medical apps,

Zimperium did not try to ascertain whether attackers had found the exposed data, but bad actors would certainly be able to use the same public methods the researchers did to access the information. And they wouldn’t just be able to view the exposed data. Some of the misconfigurations would allow attackers to change or overwrite the data.

Who’s Responsible for this Mess?

The cloud providers do try to watch for misconfigurations, but this is really up to the developers to check on this storage and to make sure it’s working as intended.

Data Leaks Discovered Android

It absolutely makes sense that misconfiguration could be a widespread issue,” said security researcher Will Stafrach. “I’ve seen AWS buckets with bad permissions, and I’ve also seen multiple VPN nodes exposing data. I’ve seen a lot of apps from companies who should know better that have horrible security issues.”

Zimperium also works in Google’s App Defense Alliance Initiative to check apps on the Play store. The difference with that work is that they are looking for malicious activity instead of the accidental data leaks of the cloud exposure.

Mittal is just hoping after all this to raise awareness of this situation.

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WhatsApp Threat Spells Out How Accounts Will Be Deleted

WhatsApp has a strange way of appeasing its users. The embattled social messaging platform is forcing a change in terms on its users after its data-collecting practices were learned. It followed this by threatening its users, then recently clarified what it means. Does this WhatsApp threat really mean that users’ accounts will be deleted if they don’t accept the new terms?

WhatsApp’s Struggles

WhatsApp’s struggles began when Apple’s new iOS 14 feature came to light. It is now requiring all apps in the App Store to disclose what data they collect from users and how they intend to use it.

Facebook, which also owns WhatsApp and Instagram, fought having its data collection practices outed. It was to no avail.

Whatsapp Threat Phone

Once WhatsApp’s data collection practices eventually came to light, users were upset and threatened to move to one of the social messaging app’s competitors.

Users started scoping out other apps, such as Telegram, Signal, and iMessage. With Apple causing this backlash to begin with and Facebook going on the attack, CEO Mark Zuckerberg attacked iMessage specifically.

“I want to highlight that we increasingly see Apple as one of our biggest competitors,” said Zuckerberg. “iMessage is a key linchpin of their ecosystem – which is why iMessage is the most used messaging service in the U.S.”

He also misled the public about iMessage’s practices. “iMessage stores non-end-to-end encrypted backups of your messages by default unless you disable iCloud. … I think that WhatsApp is clearly superior.” ,

Whatsapp Threat Notifications

This is not true, but that didn’t stop Zuckerberg. And iMessage isn’t WhatsApp’s true competitor, as it’s limited to Apple users only. Signal isn’t really a worthy competitor, so the service picking up most of WhatsApp’s defectors is Telegram, yet it doesn’t have the security WhatsApps does. The users who are threatening to leave and switch to Telegram because they are upset about data protection aren’t really ending up with more security.

WA Change to Terms and Threat

WhatsApp announced last month it was issuing privacy changes and noted that users will be required to accept the terms. It promised to give users plenty of time to go over the terms and that it would never delete accounts.

These privacy changes are mostly financial, so may not have the impact users are feairng. Yet, some users were leaving anyway.

Whatsapp Threate Delete App

WhatsApp then announced more recently that it will be, in a roundabout way, deleting user accounts. “WhatsApp will not delete your accounts,” it said. “However, you won’t have full functionality of WhatsApp until you accept.” With accounts being forced to have limited functionality, they may become inactive. Amd apps are deleted after 120 days of inactivity.”

The social messaging app also made excuses for its data collection, noting that the other apps “say they’re better because they know even less information than WhatsApp – we believe people are looking for apps to be both reliable and safe, even if that requires WhatsApp having some limited data.”

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Microsoft’s Your Phone App Will Soon Let Users Change Phone Settings from Their PC

Microsoft has been working hard to improve its Your Phone app to enable a seamless connection between your Android phone and Windows 10 PC. The company has added quite a lot of features to the app over the past years. Now, it has started rolling out a new feature that lets you change your Android phone’s settings right from your PC.

The feature dubbed “Device Indicators” will reportedly let you access and control your smartphone’s settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Night mode, or Do Not Disturb mode right from the Your Phone app on your desktop. The app currently only shows the status of these settings of a connected smartphone. With this feature, however, users will be able to actually toggle the settings on or off from the app.

So, as soon as this rolls out publicly, users will see four new interactive buttons in the Your Phone app. These will be located under the image of the device and will let users turn on/ off Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and the audio player. When you change a setting in the Your Phone app, the same will be reflected on your device.

Below is a GIF (via ALumia) that shows the working of this feature:

Now, as per the reports, the said feature is gradually rolling out and will come with the app’s version v1.21012.195.0. As a result, it might take some time for all Your Phone users to receive support for this functionality.

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PUBG Mobile Beta 1.3 Update Download

PUBG Mobile 1.3 update is not yet officially out as it is still under beta testing. However, the beta official APK link is available to download and the registration for the beta update is still going on. If you don’t know, let me tell you, that in the beta version one can get experience about the update and check the features before it is available for every user.

With the upcoming 1.3 updates, PUBG Mobile is getting some new features like new modes, with new mechanics, maps, and more. Before we check what’s coming in the update, first let us check out how to download PUBG Mobile Beta 1.3 Update.

How to download and register for PUBG Mobile 1.3 Beta Update?

The official beta link is available only for Android users. For iOS users, the developers have not provided any beta link officially.

Download PUBG Mobile 1.3 Beta Update on Android

  1. Open a browser on your device and visit the given link.
  2. Now, click on the download button and the APK version will start downloading.
  3. Once the APK file is downloaded, enable the Unknown Sources on your device.
  4. Install the file and then open the game.

So, this is how you can download the beta version of PUBG Mobile.

New Features of PUBG Mobile 1.3 Beta Update

These are the expected updates from PUBG 1.3 Beta update.

  • New Maps
  • New Mechanic Zone
  • New Throwable
  • Firearm
  • Vehicle

Classic Mode Map – Karakin

In the Classic Mode Map, there will be a new map called Karakin in North Africa. It is 2 square kilometers and is dry and open filled with rocks. It is a small and thrilling map that can have a maximum of 64 players in each match.

New Arena Map:Code-C

A new Arena Map adds a twist to the normal game. The size of this map is small and the game will boost fast gameplay. All the players who like to enjoy faster gameplay will enjoy this map.

New Mechanic: Demolition Zone

The Demolition Zone will destroy Karakin’s buildings. The zone is designed to make the players leave the buildings and make the gameplay more exciting. You will randomly get the damage.

New Mechanic:Thin Wall Bullet Penetration

Through the damaged walls in Karakin, players can shoot enemies. This feature is the best for indoor fights.

Sticky Bomb

This bomb will add some excitement to the gameplay. A sticky bomb destroys the walls in Karakin and exposes the players. With this, the players can easily kill the enemy. There will be many hidden spaces to prepare and keep the bombs with you.

Panzerfaust

The Panzerfaust will be available in the air-drops and will be there for a limited time. It is a new rocket launcher in Karakin. The damage range is very effective as it can knock down the enemy within one shot.

Mosin Nagant Sniper Rifle 

This sniper will be available only on Erangel and Vikendi map. It is a 7.62mm bolt-action sniper rifle. With distance, the bullet does not lose its damage.

Vehicle: Motor Glider

It is a 2-person vehicle that will spawn randomly in Miramar and Vikendi. All the players can use the weapon of their choice in the vehicle.

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How to Back Up Google Photos to Your Computer

Google Photos makes it easy to back up your photos from most any device. But if you want to download them back to your computer, the same Backup & Sync process doesn’t work like it used to. There are several methods to back up Google Photos to your computer. Each has its own pros and cons.

The one thing to remember is if you’re trying to download all your photos, be patient. If you have thousands of photos stored in Google Photos, it could take hours to download everything.

Back Up Google Photos Using Your Browser

If you’re only trying to download a small set of photos or just a few albums, the easiest method is using your browser. Using this method, you can only select up to 500 photos at a time. As you might have guessed, this can take a while when you have thousands of photos.

1. Go to Google Photos.

2. Select a photo or video.

3. Tap the three vertical dots or the More menu at the top-right corner.

How To Back Up Google Photos To Your Computer Single

4. Next, tap Download. This option won’t appear if the photo or video is already on your computer.

If you want to download more than one picture at a time, click the checkmark on a single image. Then, continue checking other images by clicking the circle at the top left of each image thumbnail.

If you want to select entire rows, select the first image. Then, hold your Shift key and check the last image in the set you want to select. Other images are highlighted in a light blue as you scroll. Don’t let go of the Shift key until you check the last image.

How To Back Up Google Photos To Your Computer Multiple

Once selected, click the three vertical dots in the top-right corner and choose “Download.”

This method works best if you want to download a set of photos versus everything at once.

Back Up Individual Albums

If you want to back up Google Photos and everything’s neatly organized into albums, you can back up individual albums. The process is similar to downloading individual and multiple photos.

From within Google Photos in your browser, open Albums. Open the album you want to download.

Click the three vertical dot menu icon in the top-right corner once the album is open. Choose “Download All.”

How To Back Up Google Photos To Your Computer Album

Some users have reported issues using this method, though. While technically the 500 image limit doesn’t apply to album downloads, some users report only being able to download up to 2GB at a time. However, they report by sharing the album or making it public, you may be able to bypass this restriction.

Back Up Using Google Takeout

A final option is to use Google Takeout to back up Google Photos to your computer. However, this method can be rather messy. It may remove metadata, which is stored in a separate download folder, and remove any real organization you had. Instead, you might have a download that includes an entire month or year versus the album it was originally in.

How To Back Up Google Photos To Your Computer Takeout

Most users only use Takeout as a last resort or if they’re downloading everything in Google Photos at once. This is ideal if you’re moving to an alternative for Google Photos.

With Google Takeout, you can download all of your Google data at one time, not just Photos. You can choose just the Google services you want to download from.

Open Google Takeout in your browser and uncheck everything except Google Photos. Click Deselect All at the top of the list, then scroll down and check Google Photos.

How To Back Up Google Photos To Your Computer Select Photos

Click “Next Step” at the bottom of the list.

How To Back Up Google Photos To Your Computer Next

Choose how you want the file delivered. You can have a link sent to your email or store the file(s) in Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box. You can also choose your frequency, though once is usually best for most users.

Then choose your file type, either zip or tgz. Remember, in Windows 10, a tool to unzip zip files is included for free. Finally, choose your file size. It’s set to 2GB by default. If you choose anything larger, you’ll have multiple downloads.

How To Back Up Google Photos To Your Computer Options

Click “Create Export” at the bottom of the options list. Depending on the options you chose, you may have to log in to your cloud storage account to link it to your Google account for the backup. If you chose email, just wait for your link to arrive, which can take a while.

You’ll notice JSON files separate from your photos, which is your metadata. ExifTool is a popular option for doing this, though I haven’t tried it personally. I only have a small amount of photos stored in Google Photos at a time, so this wasn’t an issue for me.

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How to Use Android Guest Mode to Share Device without Compromising Privacy

If you’re routinely sharing your Android device with other members of your household, you may not want them to view your text messages or private photos when using your device. You can always lock down the applications that hold your private data, but this method may not always be foolproof. The good news is that there’s a better way to ensure the borrower does not get full access to your personal files.

Introduced as far back as Android 5.0, Guest Mode allows users to share their device without compromising on privacy. When you switch to Android’s Guest Mode, all your data is tucked away safely in your user account and made unavailable to the other party.

It would be as if you performed a factory reset on your device – you get a blank state. Not to worry, though, as you can easily switch back to your user account (admin) and get your data and settings back.

How to Enable Guest Mode on Your Device

If you never used Guest Mode on your device before, you will have to turn the feature on. You can do this by digging into your handset’s settings.

1. Open Settings on your phone.

2. Scroll down toward the bottom until you find System and tap on this option.

How To Use Guest Mode Settings System

3. Select “Multiple Users.” Depending on your phone model, you may have to tap on Advanced first to be able to see the option.

How To Use Guest Mode Settings Multiple Users

4. Toggle on the “Multiple Users” on.

How To Use Guest Mode Settings Enable Multiple Users

5. That’s it.

How to Switch to Guest Mode on Android

Once you’ve enabled Guest Mode on your handset, you can go ahead and switch to it using just a few taps.

1. Perform a two-finger swipe on your display to bring up the Quick Settings panel, then swipe down again to expand it.

2. Tap the blue User icon in the upper-right corner.

How To Use Guest Mode Quick Settings Get To Guest Mode

3. Next, tap Guest. The phone will automatically switch to Guest Mode.

How To Use Guest Mode Quick Settings Switch To Guest Mode

4. Now you can hand the device to whomever needs to use it.

How To Use Guest Mode New Mode View

None of your installed applications will be available to your Guest except the ones that came pre-installed with the device. All settings will be reset to the defaults as if the device was newly purchased, so there’s no danger that the person now using the phone will be snooping around your photos, texts or browser history.

How To Use Guest Mode Pixel Apps Guest Mode

To switch back to your user account, open the Quick Settings panel again and tap on the admin user account, or you can simply press on the “Remove Guest” option. This will delete all the guest session data and return you back to your own user account, although you’ll need to unlock the device first.

How To Use Guest Mode Go Back To Admin Mode

Once someone exits Guest mode and then returns, they’ll be asked whether they would like to continue the session or start a new one. The latter option allows Guests to pick up where they left off, so it’s great for returning users. If a Guest wishes to retain their Settings and other changes for future use, the admin can create a separate profile for them by tapping on “Add user.”

Configuring Guest Mode

There’s only one option you can change regarding how Guest mode works on your phone. Go once again to “Settings -> System -> Multiple Users -> Guest.” From there, you can enable the “Turn on phone calls” option to allow calls to go through, even when someone else is using your device.

How To Use Guest Mode Settings Guest Turn On Phone Calls

From the same menu, you can remove the Guest from your phone or switch to Guest mode from here, if you prefer.

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How to Use the Android Clipboard Effectively

Do you wish the built-in Android clipboard could do more? The stock clipboard is fairly basic, but once you know how to use it, it may be all you need. However, it’s designed for simple copy and paste only versus being a full-fledged clipboard manager.

Is the Clipboard Accessible via Settings?

Unfortunately, the clipboard is not easily accessible through your device’s settings. Depending on what device and Android version you have, you can see the clipboard option when you copy a text, but it’s not a sure thing.

How to Copy and Paste on Android Clipboard

Long-press on a word and tap “Copy” or take a screenshot to copy something to your Android clipboard. Your copied text or image won’t be stored in the clipboard forever, though. If you don’t paste it immediately, it will be erased from the memory after a short while or when you copy another piece of text.

Newer versions of Android keep a longer history that overwrites itself as you copy more items. You can test this out yourself by trying to copy multiple items to see if your device keeps multiple items at a time.

Switch to the app where you want to paste. Long-press on the text area where you want to paste, and the Paste option will appear. Tap on “Paste,” and your copied text will appear.

Another way to copy text to the clipboard is to also long-press on the text, but instead of tapping on the “Copy” option, tapping on the “Share” option. You might need to swipe left to see the “Copy to Clipboard” option.

You may also see another option beside “Paste.” If you see “Clip Tray,” tap it to see everything currently stored in your clipboard. If you have Android 9 or earlier, you can check for the clip tray in any app that accepts text. In Android 10 and later, only apps that have permission to copy and paste between other apps will show this.

How To Use The Android Clipboard Effectively Clip Tray

How to Have More Control Over the Android Clipboard

As you can see, the stock clipboard is extremely limited. If you need more control and usability, there are plenty of clipboard apps you can install from the Play store. Clipper is one good option since it gives you quite a few options to better organize your clips. It allows you to store your clipboard content and offers you multiple options to utilize them.

You can sort your clipboard items by date or by content. By tapping on the trash icon at the top on the main page, you can erase all your clips simultaneously. When you tap on the three dots to the right of a clip, you get options such as View, Edit, Delete, Pin, Move, Share, and Select.

clip-clipper

If you see something you want to copy to Clipper, long-press on the text and select the “Share” option. The Clipper should be among the first options available. To add any text you already copied to the app, press the blue circle with the white plus sign and paste your text. Remember to give your note a title and select “Save.”

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Do note that the clipboard manger saves everything you copied, including your password, so remember to clear your clipboard content regularly if you are copying/pasting sensitive content.

Of course, there are other Android clipboard managers available. It’s important to note that in Android 10 and later, clipboard access is limited, and you may need to enable special ADB permissions.