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Showing posts with label location. Show all posts

Thursday, 29 March 2018

How To Add Time Or Location Stickers On WhatsApp Photos, Videos & Status

Whatsapp messenger now has stickers and timestamps on its status updates just as it is on instagram and Snapchat. Although not all of the stickers, have been added yet! Instagram and Snapchat provides a lot of other stickers like temperature, poll and more apart from location and time. The two new stickers introduced on WhatsApp can be added to photos, videos or status. In this post, I will let you know the simple steps to add time or location stickers on WhatsApp from Android and iPhone.
                                                   
whatsapp stickers on WhatsApp Photos, Videos Status
The feature has been rolled out for both Android and iPhone app. So, make sure you’re on the latest version of the app by going to the respective app stores.

Add Time Or Location Stickers On WhatsApp

We have used the steps and screenshots from the iPhone app but there are only slight changes on Android, nothing significant.

Sending Photo Or Video To Contact Or Group With Stickers

1. Select the conversation of a friend or group.

2. After that, select a photo or video from the Camera Roll or use the WhatsApp Camera to capture the image or record a video as you would normally do.

3. When you have the desired photo or video tap on the smiley icon at the top row (indicated in the screenshot below
                        see a new section StickersAdd Stickers To WhatsApp Status
Add time and location stickers on WhatsAppSave

4. Now, you should see a new section – “Stickers” above Smileys. Under that, you will get new time and location stickers. Tap on the desired sticker to add it to the photo or video.

Note: To use the exact location on the location sticker you need to turn on location services on your phone or else you can move the pin on the map to add a fake location.

5. When the sticker is added you can adjust its size using pinch and zoom. It is possible to add multiple stickers in the same post. To do so, tap on the smiley icon again and select the sticker.

Delete Added Sticker on Photo or Video on WhatsAppSave
sticker is added you can adjust its sizeget new time and location stickersdjust its size using pinch and zoom If you want to remove the added sticker press and hold it and drag it to the trash icon that appears at the top left corner.

Pro Tip: You can change the sticker color and style by tapping on it when it is added to the photo/video.

Change sticker style on WhatsAppSave

Add Stickers To WhatsApp Status

There is not much of a difference here from the above method. All you need to do is go to the Status tab and start adding something to your status. Alternatively, you can even start adding to your status directly from Camera Roll or Gallery.

After you select or capture the media then you can simply use the smiley icon to add stickers as explained above.

Once you have added the stickers to your post then you can send it to anyone in chat or upload to your status as you always do.

Apart from this WhatsApp has also added the ability to search group participants but that’s only for iPhone as of now.

I hope with this post you will be able to add time and location stickers on WhatsApp. In future, WhatsApp may add even more stickers like those on Instagram and Snapchat. Do you like the new stickers on WhatsApp? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

how to turn off the "new map" Feature on Snapchat

The New Snap Map feature, part of a regular update, allows users to share their location with friends using a searchable map and it is tagged as a fun way to share snaps of public events.

But, tech commentators have been quick to point out that it shows a user's location every time they open the app, not just when posting 'Snaps for Our Story'.
                                   turn-off-snap-map

Reasons to turn Off The New Snap Map

* Your partner says they've got work to do at home and can't meet up in the evening as planned. You open Snapchat that night and see your partner is somewhere else chilling.

* By leaving the app on, you broadcast your location and other users could easily find out where you live.

* You keep bumping into your Ex in public places and you can't figure out how they know where you're going to be. Little do you know, your ex is stalking you using Snap Map.

* Your friends tell you they're not available and you think nothing of it until you open Snapchat and see most of them are in the same place. Later on, you find out they're at a party and you weren't invited.
* You take a 'mental health day' from work and decide to hit the beach and read. You're friends with the boss on Snapchat... and she can see you are at the beach.

How To Turn off Snap Maps

                                                  snap-map-ghostmode
Snap Maps is technically opt-in. It doesn't take effect until you update the app and go through its new updated features. Once you do that, though, it's fairly straightforward (as far as Snapchat goes) to opt-out of sharing your location with others. If you’re opening the app for the first time after the update, Snapchat will walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Snap Map. First, it’ll show you how to pinch and zoom in the camera tool to access the map. Next, it’ll ask who you want to see your location.
You get three choices: all your friends, select friends, or only me. Choosing “only me” activates what Snapchat calls Ghost Mode. This makes your avatar disappear from others’ maps; you can see others but they can’t see you. Great for crooks! But remember,  your phone’s sensors can still track your location. 
To turn off location data altogether, you’ll need to visit your phone's settings where you can scroll down to Snapchat, click on “location” and choose to never share.
If you’ve already gone through the tutorial and want to change who can see you on their map, that's easy, too. 
Open Snap Map and click on the setting menu in the right hand corner, where you can decide who gets the privilege of tracking your every move.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

How to track a phone and make it Ring on silent mode

This Post will show you How to track a phone and make it Ring on silent mode, especially when you have misplaced it or kept it somewhere you can't remember.
There are few apps on the Play store that can help you track a phone, but to keep things simplified, I would only mention two applications today.

Steps on How to track a phone on silent mode
1.     Most important: Install a tracking app!

Treehouse - Ring MyDroid

 ring_my_droid
The Treehouse - Ring My Droid application has a SMS-triggered alarm system. When you install the app, you are asked to set a Key Phrase.
ring my droid key ring my droid found phone

Whenever you forget where you left your phone and can’t find it because it’s set on silent mode, just use another phone to SMS your Key Phrase to it.

Once the phone receives the Key Phrase as a SMS message, it starts to ring even if it is kept on silent mode! Now just follow the sound and find your phone. Easy!

--Precautions--
By default, the Key Phrase is set to Treehouse. Change it to whatever you want and click the Set button. It is highly recommended that you set a new Key Phrase.

Your Key Phrase is like your password. Keep it with you, otherwise people or some prankster friends may SMS you your Key Phrase and set off your alarm anytime! ;)

 NB: The app is great if you install it before your phone is lost, however, the app does not work until you press the "SET" button after opening the app. 

Cerberus antitheft

Cerberus is a complete anti-theft application, the best protection you can get to recover your misplaced, lost or stolen Android device. It's not just a "find my phone" app or a phone tracker (locator), Cerberus has many unique features that make it the perfect app to locate your phone or tablet, identify the thief and get back your device.
It has three ways to protect your device. These are the "3 heads" of Cerberus:
- Remote control through the website 
- Remote control via SMS (text messages) from another phone
- Automatic alerts.

REMOTE CONTROL
cerberus-alert
Remote control allows you to perform many operations on your lost or stolen device, like:
- Locate and track it
- Lock the device with a code
- Start a loud alarm, even if the device is set to silent mode
- Display a message that stays on the screen, and also make your device speak the message
- Take pictures, screenshots and even record videos, to identify the thief
- Get the location history, to see where the device has been in the past
- Wipe the internal memory and the SD card, to protect your personal data
- Hide Cerberus from the app drawer, so the app will be stealthy and a thief will not see the icon
- Record audio from the microphone
- Get a list of last calls sent and received
- Get information about cell phone network and WiFi network the device is connected to, and nearby WiFi networks
- Start a remote shell (SSH-like), to execute commands as if the device were connected to your computer with a USB cable
- And much more!

AUTOMATIC ALERTS
cerberus-sms
Cerberus can automatically perform actions when some conditions are met. For instance, it will send email/SMS alerts if the SIM card is changed (see the "SIM checker" section of the settings) and it will email you a photo of the thief when a wrong unlock code is entered (section "Automatic photo capture").
You can also set your own rules, see the "AutoTask" section! From there you can set geofencing (alerts when the phone exits or enters an area) and a lot of more automatic actions and alerts.

ADVANCED FEATURES

From within the app configuration, you can enable some options to make difficult for the thief to disable or uninstall Cerberus. Make sure to enable the "Device Administration" functionality and the "Protect device admin" option. Also you can block the Power Menu to prevent the thief from shutting down the device, and block access to the status bar in the lock screen, so nobody would be able to change the quick settings in Lollipop (Android 5.0) and later versions.

If you have rooted your device you can install Cerberus as a system application and get many additional features, including complete uninstall protection (Cerberus will survive a factory reset) and GPS auto-enabling when you start tracking the device. The app works even if the device does not have an internet connection thanks to remote control by sms messages. Also, the SIM Checker feature allows you to know the new number to send texts to, if the SIM card is changed.

If you have an Android Wear smartwatch, make sure to check the "Wearable device" section of the app settings: you will find many useful and cool features.

Please read the Help page on their website, it has the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

2.     Activate Android Device Manager (ADM) and Location History
Make sure that both ADM and Location History are activated. Both tools can be a great help when you lose your device. With ADM you can track your device, make it ring and erase its data. Location history shows you the last recorded locations on a map. If someone stole it, then this could help you (and local authorities) to track down the thief’s home address, for example.
To activate both services, select “Google Settings” in your app drawer. Select Security and make sure both options below “Android Device Manager” are enabled. Now, go one step back and select “Location”. Click on “Google Location History” and turn it on. Now you’re able to use ADM to track your device and Location History to see its last recorded locations.
3.     Set A Lock Screen Pattern or password
Quite a lot of people already use lock screens to keep unwanted people from accessing private files like images, texts or videos. For some people, unlocking a phone countless times a day can be quite annoying, but it’s worth it. This added security not only keeps your friends and colleagues from secretly checking out your latest images or texts.
It also prevents thieves of changing any major settings such as disabling mobile data or disconnecting your phone from your Google account, or uninstalling some important apps.
So, Having a tracking/anti-theft app on your phone greatly increases the chances of getting it back.
We’ld love to hear from you, which tracking app do you currently use?
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

How to track your phone's location online using Tile

Tile is a fantastic little gadget that can help you find your lost keys or wallet. However, it can also locate and ring your phone, even if you never buy a single physical Tile. Here's how to find your lost phone using the Tile app on the web.
                        How to track your phone's location

For simply locating or ringing your phone, you can use Android Device Manager or Find My iPhone (and it's probably a good idea to set those up anyway). Tile comes in handy since in addition to finding or ringing your phone, you can track it down in person with a Tile tracker directly.

When you create your Tile account, your phone will be registered as its own Tile. If you have a physical Tile Mate or Tile Slim, you can double-click the button beneath the logo to ring your phone if it's within range.

                        How to track your phone's location
Enter the email address and password associated with your Tile account and click Sign in.

                        How to track your phone's location

You'll see a map of the last place your phone was last seen once you're logged in. Click on it in the gray box to the left if you need to ring or notify your phone.
                        How to track your phone's location

Click the gray Connect button.
                        How to track your phone's location
From here, you have two options. You can click the green Find button to ring your phone. This will make your phone ring, even if it's on silent. Use this if you think you're near your phone so you can hear it under the couch cushion or in your other pants pocket. The other option (which we'll come back to) is a blue button labeled "Lost Mode ON." This lets you send a notification to your phone that anyone who finds your phone can see. For now, click Find.
                        How to track your phone's location

On your phone, you should hear a ringtone. The Tile app will also open and a card will appear at the top of the screen to let you know that someone is remotely ringing your phone. Take steps to secure your account if you ever see this notification when you're not trying to find your phone. If you're the one finding your phone, tap "Stop ringing."
                                                   How to track your phone's location

Click this button to send a notification to your phone. If your phone was stolen, this won't be much help, but if it was picked up by a helpful stranger, you can use this to reach out to them and hopefully get your phone back quicker.
                         How to track your phone's location

Click the Edit pencil icon in the top-right corner of the gray box.
                         How to track your phone's location

You can enter a phone number that the person who found your phone can call you on. If you're with a friend or family member, enter their phone number and then the person who found your phone can call them so you can arrange a pickup.
                           How to track your phone's location

Next, you can enter a customized message that your phone's finder will see. By default, it says "Help, I'm lost! Please call my owner." It will be shown separately if you entered a phone number in the previous step. If you need to, you can also customize this message. For example you can write "I'm coming back to the bar, please leave my phone with the host stand!" or similar instructions.
                           

On the next screen, you can preview your message before you send it. If you need to change anything, click the back arrow in the top-left corner of the gray box. Otherwise, click Done.
                             

On your phone, you'll get a notification that looks like this. Hopefully whoever finds your phone will notice it.
                              How to track your phone's location
As long as your phone stays on and connected to the internet, you should be able to follow its GPS location to track down your phone. The ringing and notification features are helpful add-ons that can help you narrow down where you lost it.


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Friday, 22 January 2016

How to stop Android apps accessing your location

While using your Android smartphone, there are many apps that try to access your location information so that they can display the appropriate advertisements as per your region, or show the relevant contents according to your area of residence and culture.
                                app_geolocation
Generally it is recommended that you keep the feature enabled, i.e. allow the Android apps to use your location information, which is the default configuration. However you might want to disable the option if you are out of your hometown or local region, or you do not want Google or any of the Android apps to access your location information..
When you download apps from the Play Store, some apps will ask for permission to use information before you install. When you download apps that are built for Android 6.0 and up, you can allow or deny permissions once you start using them.
1.      Open the Play Store app.
2.      Go to an app's detail page. To review permissions before installing, scroll to "Developer" and tap Permission details.
3.      Tap Install.
·         Some apps will install right away. When you use an app, you can allow or deny individual permission requests before the app uses that type of data.
·         For other apps, Google Play shows you all of the permission groups an app will be able to access before you install. This information can help you decide whether you want to install the app.

Turn permissions on or off
     You can change the permissions that apps can access in the main Settings app on your device at anytime. Keep in mind turning off permissions may cause apps on your device to lose functionality.
Note: If you're using a work, school, or government Google Account, your administrator may use the Device Policy app to control certain permissions.
app_settings app_settings_location google_location_settings

App permissions for Android 6.0 and up

Below are the app permissions available on Android 6.0 and up. The permissions you see on your device may vary by manufacturer.
To review the permissions on your device, follow the instructions under "Turn permissions on or off" above.
  •          Body Sensors
  •          Calendar
  •          Camera
  •          Contacts
  •          Location
  •          Microphone
  •          Phone
  •          SMS
  •          Storage


Note: If your device is running a version lower than Android 6.0, go to review apppermissions for more information about how permissions work on your device.
For Android 4.3 to 5.1 
For older Android versions you can follow the same method as described above for changing the Location settings for all applications with a single toggle switch. You can also control the method of location reporting by tapping on Location > Mode. Here, you have three options to choose from according to your preference.
When you look down the Location menu, you have an entire rundown of application that asked for Location access. Tap on an application to check whether there is an alternative to handicap Location access for a specific application. The minute you update your phone to Marshmallow, you have a more noteworthy control on it. 
If we talk about individual control, older versions of Android have nothing to offer. However, to have control over individual apps you can download an app called AppOps. AppOps is a free app that can be used to control location permission of individual apps. Though there are similar apps available on Play store, but it is advisable to choose the right app.
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