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6 Android Hacks You Never Knew Existed

6 Android Hacks You Never Knew Existed

Although many people are much more familiar with Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android operating system actually runs on significantly more phones. Unlike the iPhone, phones that run on Android have a lot more options and hacks that you can do with them. This is because they have a much more free platform for people to use, whereas Apple has much more control over their operating system. Many people do not know some of the options that they can have with their Android, which is sad because of how incredible some of the hacks are. Here are the top six.

Open your garage

Did you know that your Android phone has the capabilities to open your garage door? No, it doesn’t come built-in with the operating system, but with a few minor tweaks and a simple app, you can open your garage door with your phone. No more annoying garage openers that never seem to work. This app will even open your garage door from up to a block away!

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Run Android on iPhone

Do you love the look of the new iPhone, but love the Android operating system? Or do you just simply want to play a joke on a friend? There is actually a way that you can upload the Android operating system onto an iPhone that you have laying around. You can even install apps that have been restricted by Apple. To do this you need a special kind of software available here.

Free apps

Yes, you read that right. A company called Lucky Patcher recently released a way to help get a lot of apps that typically will cost money for free on Android. They explain how it works on their website with a lot of technical jargon, but reviews say that it works.

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Ad blocker

Is there anybody that really likes ads? Typically when you get anything for free, it will come with ads. That is how they make their money. That doesn’t make it any less annoying, however. There are a lot of new programs now that will help Android block ads even if you have a free version of the app.

Mobile hotspot

IPhone users love to talk about how the iPhone can be a mobile hotspot. Fortunately, although it is much less well known, Android has the same capabilities. This works with all mobile carriers as well. It is an app that is called the Wireless Tether app and it is very simple to use. Just make sure you don’t go over on your data plan or you may face expensive consequences!

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Slide keyboard

A lot of people hate how hard it is to use a keyboard on any phone. It is not easy for any company to fit a full keyboard on a small phone screen, but they do fairly well. That being said, there are many apps that can make this a lot easier. One is called SlideIT Free Keyboard. This gives you the ability to never lift a finger when typing words. You just slide from letter to letter and the app figures out exactly what you were trying to type out. It is surprising how accurate this app and others like it are.

These are just a few of the many hacks that can be done with an Android phone! Many people do not realize what kind of stuff their phone is capable of doing and just stick to using it for basic things. However, there are actually thousands of things your phone can probably do that you are missing out on. Learn these six, and then search for more. Don’t underutilize one of the greatest tools ever invented!

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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