There are tons of good reasons that you might want to use Android on your desktop. Perhaps your favorite game is only available on Android, or maybe you use a messaging service that doesn’t have a Windows companion app.
Whatever the reason, if you’ve ever found yourself wishing there was a way to run Android on your computer, you needn’t look any further. Andy, an Android shell for Windows (coming soon for Linux and Mac), makes using Android apps and games on your computer incredibly easy.
Essentially operating as a virtual tablet, Andy gives you full access to all things Android on your desktop computer. And if you’re rocking a Windows tablet, like the ASUS Transformer Book or the Microsoft Surface Pro, running Andy will essentially turn your tablet into an Android-Windows hybrid.
Installing Andy on Your Computer
Andy is available as a free download at the project’s home page, Andyroid.net. Just head over there, then click the Download button in the middle of the page to begin.
Once the download has finished, go ahead and open the installer file. You may be asked to enter an Administrator password at this point, depending on your setup.
The setup is incredibly simple. Just follow the prompts, and when installation has completed, Andy should automatically launch.
Using Andy as Your Android Computer
Just like a real Android device, Andy goes through the boot-up process when you launch it, and even optimizes Dalvik cache on first-run.
There are a few controls at the bottom of the window, one of which being Fullscreen, which will put Andy front and center on your computer.
The first time you run Andy, you’ll have to go through Android’s initial setup process. Everything here is the same as it would be on any Android device, with the exception of Wi-Fi setup, which isn’t necessary since Andy uses your computer’s existing internet connection.
Use your keyboard and mouse to interact with the screen, noting that mouse clicks behave like touch events, so they are translated as taps, double-taps, and long-presses.
If you have a WIndows tablet or a touch-capable monitor, you can interact with Andy just as you would with your phone or tablet.
The Google Play Store is available in its full form, so install any apps that you’d like. Andy even adds quick links to these apps in its Start Menu folder.
The developer expects to have a Mac-compatible version released very soon (with Linux to follow), so keep checking back if you use an Apple computer.
The next release promises to bring gaming control via any Android phone, allowing you to play a game using Andy with your phone as a game controller, so PC users should keep an eye out for future updates on Andyroid.net as well.
Andy sure beats using BlueStacks for individual apps, or using the old ICS-style Windroy. What were the first apps you installed on Andy? Did they bring any new functionality to your computer? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Turning on push notifications for the various PCH apps is a great idea because once per day (maybe more), you’ll receive a notification from our various PCH apps regarding opportunities being made available to you. For example, you’ll be notified of a new sweepstakes opportunity available through the PCH App or the bonus wheel being ready to spin in the PCHlotto App. Plus, some notifications will even offer multiple entries to win millions, so you can see why you’d definitely want to make sure you’re receiving notifications.
For the most part, you can easily turn on push notifications the first time you open an app after downloading it (as long as it offers push notifications in the first place). All you need to do is simply tap “Okay” or “Allow” when asked if you would like to receive notifications from the app in question.
If you declined this offer but would later like to turn on push notifications for your app(s), you still can.
For instructions on how to do so, please refer to the below:
- From the device’s home screen, open the “Settings” app (looks like a gear).
- Tap “Apps”, “Applications”, or “Applications Manager” (Terms and steps vary by device).
- You will be brought to a list of the apps downloaded onto your device. Scroll through the list and tap on the app you wish to receive push notifications for.
- To enable push notifications, simply tap on “Show Notifications” from this screen. You will see a check mark that will ensure you have enabled push notifications for this app.
- From your device’s home screen, tap the “Settings” icon.
- From the “Settings” menu, tap “Notifications”.
- From here, find the app you wish to receive push notifications for.
- From here, tap “Allow Notifications” and then choose your options for how you wish to receive push notifications:
a. Show in Notification Center : Your push notifications will also show up in your device’s Notification Center.
b. Sounds : You will receive a sound on your device each time you receive a push notification.
c. Badge App Icon : You will have a little number icon next to your app’s icon that displays the number of unread push notifications you have for that app.
d. Show on Lock Screen : Will display all unread push notifications on your device’s locked screen.
a. None : You will not receive push notifications for this app when the device is unlocked.
b. Banners : A slim notification pane that slides into view along the top of the screen before disappearing a few seconds later. You can ignore a banner if you wish; pull down the banner to reveal the full Notification Center; or tap it to jump to the message, calendar event, or app that wants your attention.
c. Alerts : A pop-up window that stops whatever you’re doing on your device and displays the details of the notification. Alerts cannot be ignored and must be either opened or closed before you can resume what you are doing.
Сводка: См. инструкции о том, как убедиться, что компьютер находится в режиме планшета при открытом ноутбуке «два в одном» более чем на 225 градусов, и при необходимости переключитесь обратно в режим рабочего стола. Свернуть См. инструкции о том, как убедиться, что компьютер находится в режиме планшета при открытом ноутбуке «два в одном» более чем на 225 градусов, и при необходимости переключитесь обратно Развернуть
Эта статья была переведена автоматически. Если вы хотите поделиться своим мнением о ее качестве, используйте форму обратной связи в нижней части страницы.
Если открыть экран ноутбука «два в одном» более чем на 225 градусов, клавиатура и сенсорная панель по умолчанию отключаются. Но имеются настройки для изменения такой смены режима, которые могут быть непреднамеренно включены.
- В режиме планшета автоматически открывается экранная клавиатура, если вы нажмете на экран для ввода текста. В режиме рабочего стола нажмите на значок мягкой клавиатуры в правом нижнем углу, чтобы открыть его.
- В режиме планшета по умолчанию программы представляются во весь экран. В режиме рабочего стола по умолчанию программы представляются в окнах.
Включение и выключение режима планшета
Чтобы убедиться, что клавиатура и сенсорная панель отключены по умолчанию при использовании устройства «два в одном» в режиме планшета, выполните следующие действия.
- Нажмите и удерживайте клавишу Windows () и нажмите клавишу q .
- В поле поиска введите планшет.
- Нажмите Настройки планшета (Системные настройки).
- Вы увидите несколько параметров.
- При входе в систему. В раскрывающемся меню можно выбрать три варианта поведения устройства при загрузке.
- «Всегда использовать режим планшета».
- «Никогда не использовать режим планшета».
- «Использовать соответствующий режим для моего оборудования».
- «При использовании этого устройства в качестве планшета».
- Не переключайте режим планшета.
- «Запрашивать разрешение перед переключением режимов».
- «Всегда переходить в режим планшета».
- При входе в систему. В раскрывающемся меню можно выбрать три варианта поведения устройства при загрузке.
- Нажмите Изменить дополнительные настройки планшета, чтобы изменить такие настройки, как скрытие значков приложений или панели задач при использовании режима планшета и других параметров режима рабочего стола.
Рис. 1. Расположение значка центра уведомлений
Дополнительные сведения об использовании режима планшета на вашем персональном компьютере см. в следующей статье Microsoft: Начало работы с Windows 10 — используйте свой ПК как планшет .
Включение и выключение автоповорота (блокировка вращения)
Чтобы обеспечить включение или отключение автозащиты (блокировки поворота), выполните следующие действия.
Обновите BIOS компьютера до последней версии.
- Перейдите на сайт технической поддержки Dell.
- Для идентификации компьютера доступны три варианта.
Выполните одно из следующих действий:
Нажмите свою модель компьютера в списке ЭТОТ КОМПЬЮТЕР.
Истек срок гарантии? Нет проблем. Посетите сайт Dell.com/support, введите сервисный код Dell и просмотрите наши предложения.
When you sign in to your Google Account, you can tap a notification on your phone to confirm it’s you.
You can use Google prompts to sign in:
Even if you haven’t turned either of these settings on, Google might also ask you to tap a notification to help confirm it’s you signing in.
Learn which devices get Google prompts
You’ll get Google prompts on any Android phone signed in to your Google Account.
If your phone is eligible, Google will automatically try to use Bluetooth for additional protection when you sign in to new devices. We use Bluetooth to help block suspicious sign-in attempts from devices that aren’t physically close to your phone.
How Google prompts help protect your account
We recommend Google prompts instead of text message (SMS) verification codes to help you:
- Avoid phone number-based account hacking. Hackers may try to steal verification codes to help them break into your account. Google prompts help protect against this method of account hacking by sending them more securely to only your signed in devices.
- Get more info about sign-in attempts. To help you find suspicious activity, Google prompts give you info about the device, location, and time of the sign-in attempt.
- Block suspicious activity. If you didn’t try to sign in to your account, tap No on the notification to secure your account.
Use recommended devices & security features
If you need to sign in to a phone that isn’t yours, sign in from a private browser window. To sign out, close all private browser windows when you finish using the phone.
To help prevent use of your device by others, turn on your phone’s screen lock.
You don’t get a Google prompt
If you try to sign in and don’t get a prompt on your phone:
- Try again. On the sign-in screen, select Resend.
- If that doesn’t work, make sure that:
- Your phone is connected to the internet. You need Wi-Fi or cellular data turned on to get prompts.
- You turn off Do Not Disturb, if the setting is turned on.
- Your phone has the latest version of Google Play services.
- Check that you are signed into your Google Account:
- On your Android device, open Settings .
- Tap AccountsGoogle.
- If you aren’t signed in, follow the on-screen steps.
- Try to sign in again.
You get a prompt but didn’t sign in
If you didn’t try to sign in but you get a prompt, someone may have tried to sign in without your permission.
On the “Trying to sign in?” prompt, tap No.
If we notice something different about how you sign in, like your location, we may ask you to take extra steps to confirm it’s you. For example, you might need to match a number shown on your computer screen with one on your phone screen.
You received a “Request Expired” message
If your phone shows an expired or timed out prompt, there was an unsuccessful attempt to sign in to your Google Account.
If you did try to sign in to your account:
- On the sign-in screen, tap Resend.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to sign in to your Google Account.
If you didn’t try to sign in to your Google Account:
- If someone else tried to access your account without permission, we recommend you change your password.
Your phone isn’t nearby or you can’t use it
Sometimes you may need to sign in a different way, like when:
- You don’t have your phone.
- Your phone isn’t charged.
- Your phone is offline.
If you sign in with Google prompts instead of a password, you’ll need to use your password instead.
- Tap Use password or other options.
- Choose one of the options, and follow the on-screen steps.
If you use Google prompts for 2-Step Verification, follow these steps:
Just pop in a special microSD card or download the OS to your own card and you can transform your Nook into a full-blown Android tablet.
Do you own a Barnes & Noble Nook Color or Nook Tablet ? If so, perhaps you’ve wished for a way to stretch beyond Barnes & Noble’s custom OS to enjoy a more traditional tablet experience — and run whatever apps you want to run, not just those curated by B&N.
N2A Cards has long offered such a way: a bootable microSD card that transforms the Nook into a real Android tablet, complete with the Google Play store and everything.
Originally, that option limited you to Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, but N2A Cards now offers a bootable Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) card for both the Nook Color and the Nook Tablet. Even better, you can download an image file to create your own bootable card, an option that should save you money — and possibly some time, as well.
For example, it costs $29.99 for an 8GB N2A Card, $39.99 for the 16GB version, $64.99 for the 32GB version, and $84.99 for the 64GB card.
But the N2A Card download costs only $19.99. Then all you need is a compatible microSD card of your own, which can usually be had for much less. (Note: According to the developer, PNY and Kingston cards are not compatible. You’ll need an A-Data Class 10, SanDisk Class 4/10, or Transcend Class 10 card.) Thus, if you don’t mind the extra step of imaging your card, you stand to save some cash. And you won’t have to wait for your N2A Card to be delivered; you can get up and running in an hour or so.
I just test-drove the download option on a SanDisk 8GB card. Although the setup instructions recommend using your Nook as the card reader, I popped mine into an SD adapter and plugged it directly into my PC’s SD slot. The N2A Cards installer worked just fine with that configuration.
After maybe 30 minutes, it finished writing the image to the card. I then inserted it into my Nook Tablet, powered up (while holding down the “N” button), and waited a few minutes for the initial setup to complete. When it did, presto: my Nook was now running Android 4.1, with nearly all the bells and whistles therein.
I’m sure many readers will point out (rightly so) that you can accomplish much the same thing on your own for free. But that takes some know-how, and there’s little support to be had if things go wrong. Here you’re getting a bootable card (which you can remove if you want to return to the Nook OS, no harm done) that’s already configured with the popular CyanogenMod version of Android. It’s literally a plug-and-play solution.
Whether you buy one of the preconfigured cards or create one yourself using the download option, I think you’ll really like running Jelly Bean on your Nook. Minus a few hardware bells and whistles, it’s the equivalent of having a Google Nexus 7.
Craig Lloyd is a smarthome expert with nearly ten years of professional writing experience. His work has been published by iFixit, Lifehacker, Digital Trends, Slashgear, and GottaBeMobile. Read more.
The more smarthome products you pile onto your house, the more complicated it gets to integrate all of them together and seamlessly control them. If you’re in this situation, here are the best ways you can control all of your smarthome devices.
Smarthome is still a very new and sometimes confusing area of technology, and there’s no single standard for integrating all of your smarthome gadgets so that you can control them from one simple interface.
The biggest problem is that you have all these smarthome devices set up in your house, each with its own unique app to control only that specific device. I currently have about ten smarthome apps organized inside a folder on my home screen, and if I want to adjust the thermostat and the lights, I need to open up two different apps to do that.
In a perfect world, you could control everything in your house from one app or interface. There’s currently no standard to manage that, but there are multiple ways to attack the problem. We’ll go over some of the best methods for bringing all of your smarthome devices together for quicker and easier control of everything.
Use a Voice Assistant
A great device for controlling all of your smarthome gadgets doesn’t even require using your thumbs and fingers. Instead, you can control everything with your voice by using Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.
You can access these voice assistants on your phone, but your best bet is buying a dedicated device to handle all of your voice commands instead—something like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple’s HomePod, which will be released later this year.
You can integrate most (if not all) of your smarthome devices with your voice assistant, and then control them with your voice instead of a touch screen interface, by saying things like “turn the bedroom lights on”, “set the thermostat to 75”, and “lock all the doors.”
Of course, using your voice is still pretty new for some users and isn’t quite mainstream just yet, but if you don’t like interfacing with a touch screen to begin with, voice is a good route to go.
Get a Smarthome Hub
If you enjoy being able to control all of your smarthome devices from your phone, then that’s great. However, having to deal with all of those different apps for different devices can be cumbersome (as explained above), and having just one app to control everything is probably more your speed.
Fear not, because that’s what smarthome hubs are here to do. Not only do they allow for smarthome devices to integrate with each other to perform all sorts of complex tasks, but you can use the hub’s app to control multiple devices in one interface. Instead of having to opening up your smart thermostat app to set the temperature, and then opening up your smart lights app to adjust the lights, you can do all of that within the same app.
Plus, you can connect different remotes (like this Z-Wave remote) to the hub and assign its buttons to different tasks that you frequently perform with your smarthome devices, making it all even easier to control.
We’ve tried out multiple consumer-friendly smarthome hubs in the past, including Wink, SmartThings, and Insteon. All three can do the job, but we found Wink to be the best. Of course, you can also use a software platform like Apple’s HomeKit, but the list of products compatible with HomeKit is way shorter than the list of products that work with most smarthome hubs.
Use a Dedicated Tablet
If you want to take things up a notch, you can use a dedicated touch screen device to control all of your smarthome gear instead of always relying on your phone.
Repurposing a tablet as your smarthome control device gives you a bit more freedom and allows you to customize the home screen to cater towards smarthome control. You can place all of your smarthome apps on the home screen, and even use shortcuts and widgets for different things (if it’s an Android tablet, that is).
You don’t even have to spend that much money on a tablet if you don’t already have one. You can grab an Amazon Fire tablet for pretty cheap and do a few things to it to get rid of the awful FireOS interface.
From there, you can leave it somewhere always plugged in and powered on so you can quickly control something with ease. If you’re really handy, you can even install a recessed outlet and mount the tablet on the wall to give you a really nice smarthome control system that looks like it fits right in with the house.
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Tablet mode is a feature on Windows 10 that is, as the name describes, meant for use on tablets and touch screen PCs. That said, even if you don’t own a Windows 10 tablet or a touch screen PC, you can still turn tablet mode on. There’s a quick toggle for it in the Action Center and there’s a dedicated setting for it in the Settings app. If tablet mode is unavailable on your Windows 10 PC, there are two fairly quick fixes for it. Here’s what you can do.
Fix tablet mode unavailable
There are two things you can do to enable tablet mode when the toggle for it is disabled.
Remove external displays
Tablet mode is available for Windows 10 devices with one exception; you must not have an external display connected to your system. You can understand that this excludes all desktop systems that are running Windows 10. If you have a laptop though, regardless if it has a touch screen or not, you can use tablet mode. Remove any external displays it has and the tablet mode toggle will be active in the Action center.
There is one other method that you can use to force the tablet mode to turn on when it refuses to turn on. This method requires editing the Windows registry.
Use Windows Search to look for the registry editor or open the run box with the Win + R keyboard shortcut. In the run box, enter regedit and tap the Enter key.
Once the registry editor is open, navigate to the following location;
Here, look for a value called TabletMode under ImmersiveShell. If it doesn’t exist, you can create it yourself. Right-click ImmersiveShell and select New>REG_DWORD from the context menu. After you create the value, double click it and enter 1 in the value data box.
Next, you need to restart File Explorer. Open Task Manager and on the Processes tab, look for Windows Explorer. Select it and click the Restart button at the bottom. When your desktop background returns, the tablet mode should work on your system. The toggle in Action Center will be active.
Tablet mode settings
Once you’ve enabled tablet mode on Windows 10, you will likely need to tweak some of its settings. Open the Settings app and go to the Devices group of settings. Select the Tablet Mode tab and change the settings that you need to.
Tablet mode offers an alternative desktop that combines the Start menu and desktop into one. It’s a lot like the disastrous Start menu that Windows 8 came out with so if you see it, don’t panic. Just disable tablet mode and you’ll get the old desktop back.
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Have an old tablet lying around? Turn it into something useful!
Do you have an old tablet lying around? Or are you ready to upgrade but feel bad ditching your old one? You could make good use of it by repurposing it into something else.
Here are a few easy ideas for turning your old tablet into something new — kind of. And in you’re in the cleaning mood, or want to be, check out the KonTechie Method, which helps you clear your tech clutter by using one simple question.
Take advantage of your tablet’s cameras for once.
Tablets aren’t known for their camera quality (they tend to take grainy, washed out photos) and though that doesn’t bode well for your vacation photo and flattering selfies, it’ll do for a security camera.
By using this How To, you can turn your tablet into a security camera. (It’s directed at smartphones, however the same rules apply to tablets.) It takes some initial set-up, but once it’s up and running, all you have to do is pick the perfect location to place your tablet and surveil away.
You can mount the tablet inside of your cabinet or on your fridge.
There’s a bevy of apps to help you cook up something delicious, and mounting a tablet somewhere in your kitchen can help you take advantage of them, especially if you’re the one doing all the dirty work.
It’s a simple and cheap solution, and it also works for other rooms in your house. Bathroom TV, anyone? No? Just an idea.
Everyone loves a photo booth. If you’re having a party (or really love having your photo taken) you can easily use your tablet as a photo booth.
Google recently announced that it was going to introduce Ambient Mode to Android lock screens, which would display interesting and useful info on your lock screen, effectively turning your phone into a smart display. It may be a while before many Android phones have this capability — as of this writing, only two Lenovo tablets and two Nokia phones are scheduled to get it. But while we’re waiting, there are ways to at least tweak the way notifications appear on your lock screen so that you get the information you want when you want it.
Enable lock screen notifications
First, you can decide whether you want any notifications on your lock screen at all. To turn notifications on or off:
- Go to your phone’s settings (usually, by swiping down from the top and tapping on the gear symbol).
- Select “Apps & notifications” > “Notifications”
- Scroll down to the “Lock screen” section. Tap on “Notifications on lockscreen” to choose whether you want to show both alerts and silent notifications, show alerts only, or not show any notifications at all. (Silent notifications are those that come up without a sound or vibration when they’ve appeared, such as the weather or a Google News headline.)
You can also choose to show or not show sensitive information on your lock screen by toggling “Sensitive notifications” on or off. If it’s toggled off, you will only see the app that the notification is from rather than the notification itself — for example, you’ll see “1 new message” rather than any information about the message.
Choose which apps appear on your lock screen
The apps that appear on your lock screen are the same apps that are permitted to send you notifications. You can choose which those are.
- Go to your phone’s settings.
- Select “Apps & notifications” > “Notifications.”
- You’ll see a few of the apps that have recently sent notifications; at the bottom, you can click on “See all from last 7 days” to see more. Use the toggle to the right of each app name to turn its notifications off completely. If you tap on the name of the app, you can toggle more specific types of notifications for that app.
Get personal information on your lock screen
While you can choose just to get general notifications on your lock screen, such as news headlines or the weather, you can also get more personal notifications for emails, reminders, flight reservations, and other items.
- With your phone on, activate Google Assistant either verbally or by holding down the center home button.
- Select the “box” icon at the lower left of the screen.
- Select your profile photo at the top right corner to go to your Settings screen.
- Tap on the Assistant tab.
- Scroll down until you find the “Assistant devices” category and select your phone.
- Look for the “Personalization” category. Toggle “Personal Results” on. This will give Google Assistant permission to access your email, calendar, etc.
- Toggle “Lock screen personal results” on to let the results of that access show on your lock screen.
Use Google Assistant on the lock screen
Google Assistant can answer questions and follow direction from the lock screen if set to do so. It can also be a little annoying if you accidentally trigger it, so that it starts unexpectedly talking. Here’s how you can either activate Google Assistant to work from the lock screen, or turn it off.
- Follow the directions for getting personal information on your lock screen until you find the “Assistant devices” category and select your phone.
- Look for the “Voice Match” category. Toggle “Access with Voice Match” off or on. Note that when you toggle it off, you’ll get a pop-up message that says that it will still work while in driving mode (which is probably a good thing).
According to Google, there are some verbal responses that will not be given from the lock screen, even if you allow it to display personal results. These include payments, Google Photos, requests to open other apps, or questions about your name or address, among others.
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