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5 annoying Android problems and how to fix them

5 annoying Android problems and how to fix them
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You love your Android smartphone, right? There's a lot to like.

Google's Android operating system is fast, flexible and usually quite safe. Although be sure to have a security app that monitors for malware - there are several FREE apps.

Android smartphones also rival Apple iPhones in the countless apps you can use, including cameras, messengers for chatting, social networks like Facebook and many more.

Of course, Android also has a few features that are downright annoying. Don't fret because we have solutions to fix these annoyances.

Note: Several manufacturers make Android smartphones. So the steps you use to fix these problems may vary from the ones below.

Are you ready to finally get rid of Android's most annoying features? Keep reading and don't skip No. 3.

Do Not Disturb

We're all connected 24 hours a day. Let's face it, as much as we daydream about shutting off our smartphone for a week - for peace and quiet - you quickly realize that your continual connection with the rest of the world is simply how we live these days.

Still, you need to sleep and take a break from all the chatter once in a while. Just like iPhones, Android smartphones have a Do Not Disturb option.

You can schedule your smartphone to be silent at certain times of the day, like 11:30 pm to 6:30 am. Don't worry - you can make exceptions so your family and friends can get through.

Go to Apps >> Settings >> Sounds and Vibrations >> slide Turn On Now to On. You can customize your settings by selecting Turn On As Scheduled and Allow Exceptions.

Bonus: It can also be really annoying when Do Not Disturb is on and you don't want it on.

Have you ever found yourself wondering why you're suddenly not getting phone calls or texts? Everything goes quiet for minutes or hours, then you remember!

You have Do Not Disturb set to On. To turn it off, go to: Apps >> Settings >> Sounds and Vibrations >> Do Not Disturb >> slide to Off.

Auto Brightness

Have you ever had that moment of panic? "What's wrong with my phone?"

If your Android smartphone has ever suddenly gone dark, you know the feeling. You can spend hours wondering why your screen display has dimmed to the point of being almost illegible.

Everything's dark and you don't know why. There's a good chance you have your screen's brightness set to dim or brighten based on the level of light, like when you come into a bright room from the dark.

Not all Android smartphones have Auto Brightness. If yours does, you can tweak it under Apps >> Settings >> Display.

You can also find brightness in most pull-down menus. Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to open your menu and look for Brightness.

Bloatware

Do you hate bloatware? Everyone does, although you may not know that it's called bloatware.

Those are all the apps that come pre-programmed on Android smartphones. You also find bloatware on laptops and PCs - that's the software that's there, whether you want it or not.

Androids are especially annoying when it comes to bloatware. Google doesn't want you to get rid of its preinstalled apps.

Good news. You can hide some of this bloatware from your screen, while not being able to completely delete them.

Try this: Apps >> click on the Edit button >> you can delete any app with a little red minus sign. For the others, hold down the app until you see Remove >> slide the app into Remove.

Bluetooth Speaker

There's nothing quite as frustrating as listening to music, a podcast or your favorite radio station on your smartphone. Let's be honest.

You've spent hundreds of dollars on your Android smartphone and, well, the sound is not great. It can be tinny, low and sometimes it fades in and out.

You don't need to live this way - none of us should! Most wireless Bluetooth speakers are powerful, affordable for many budgets and they add a crisp, clear sound that can boom throughout the house.

Bonus: Kim Komando designed the Komando™ Connect Bluetooth Speaker for crystal clear sound and two-way calls. Save $25, just $44.95 in the Komando Shop. (See photo above.)

Pull-Down Menu

Once you discover Android's pull-down menu, there's no going back. By tapping one button, it's easy to adjust your screen's brightness, your smartphone's sound level and more.

But did you know you can select which settings are in your pull-down menu? That's easy too.

Try this: Swipe your finger down from the top of your screen until you see a menu with Wi-Fi, Location and so on. Click on the little eight-prong sprocket at the top of the screen >> Edit >> choose from a long list of apps that you'd like to see in that pull-down menu.

How to know if your phone or tablet has a virus or malware

It used to be that smartphones were fairly immune to viruses. Malware and other maladies were mostly affecting laptops.

Sadly, that's no longer true. Android smartphones have been attacked by seriously nasty bugs like Stagefright.

Click here to find out if your Android has a virus!

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