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We're all decluttering our closets and basements in celebration of spring, but it's time for a break. Kick back on the couch, pull up your Android phone, and act like you're still being productive by giving it some spring cleaning of its own. Reclaim Drive and SD Card Space Most Android devices have two different storage spaces: your internal space (where apps are stored) and your SD card (where your music, photos, and many of your apps' settings are stored).
There are tons of great reasons to root your Android phone , but once you do, you'll likely be overwhelmed with all the custom ROM options out there. Here's how to go about finding—and installing—the one that fits your needs. Images by Bretty Yoncak .
Turn Your Phone into a Universal Media Hub to Play Your Music, Photos, and Videos, Anytime, AnywhereYour phone is already the center of your digital life—it keeps your in touch with friends and family, it's the camera you keep in your pocket, and it's the music and video player you can pull out for entertainment whenever you're bored. Let's take your phone and all of the media you have on it to the next level. Let's turn that phone into a jukebox full of music, movies, and photos that you can play on almost any TV, stereo system, computer, or other device you may come across, whether you're moving from the living room to your bedroom or your house to a friend's place. The technology is already built into your phone and the gear you have at home; all you need to do is unlock it. Here's how. Nearly every television, router, smartphone, AV receiver, Blu-ray player, and any other electronic appliance in your home with network capability sold in the past few years supports DLNA or UPnP .
Compared to your full-sized desktop keyboard, typing on your phone's tiny software keyboard just plain sucks. Luckily, Android users can choose from a myriad of different keyboards, meaning you can find one that caters to your typing style. Here's how to find the right one for you. Photo remixed from an original by Mike McKay .
We love both Android and iOS, but the open nature of Android just means it can do things others just can't. Here are our favorite Android apps and features that you won't find on its Apple-clad brethren. We didn't hold anything back in this list: rooting, jailbreaking, editing system files are all fair game.
What if your phone automatically went silent when you step into the movie theater? Texted your significant other when you finished your long commute? Or automatically turned down the volume when a particularly loud friend called? It can; here's how. Android application Tasker gives you total rules-based automation for your Android phone. It's not free, but it offers a free 14-day trial download .