How to Delete Read-Only Contacts on Android

A read-only contact is an in-app contact that is added though an android app like WhatsApp, Viber, or Facebook messenger. These read-only contacts are stored temporarily by the respective app on the phone's storage. The main problem with read-only android contacts is that they can't be deleted. Whenever we try to delete them then the Google contacts app will show an error as 'Contacts from your read-only accounts cannot be deleted, but they can be hidden'. The read-only contacts will show up in your address book and you can't delete them. So in this post, we will show you how you can delete read-only android and WhatsApp contacts.

Delete Read-Only Contacts on Android
  • Go to and login here with your Google account that is synced with your phone. This step is necessary as all android phones save contacts to Google by default.

  • You will see a complete list of your contacts that are being shown in your phone's address book.
  • Find that particular read-only contact that your phone is unable to delete.
  • Put a check mark on it to select it then click the 'More' tab and click 'Delete'.
  • After deleting it go to 'Settings>Account>Google'.
  • Here enable the sync for 'Contacts'. Wait for few seconds.

  • After the sync, the read-only contact will be deleted.
  • To delete read-only contacts from WhatsApp first follow the steps above for deleting them then refresh your WhatsApp contacts list.

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How to Force Restart a Frozen Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was launched last month (August, 2017). This is the first Samsung flagship smartphone in the Galaxy Note series to feature an infinity display. It is also the first Galaxy Note to get a dual camera setup with 6 GB RAM. Besides having a large 6.3 inch touchscreen the phone fits in hand without any issues. After the failed Galaxy Note 7, Samsung redefined the Galaxy Note 8 with its best efforts.

The Galaxy Note 7 failed and was discontinued in October 2016 due to faulty battery issues. The Note 7 was using a battery that had dangerous manufacturing defects. These manufacturing defects caused the battery to give out smoke or explode without giving a warning. This situation could have been overcome if the phone had a removal battery. But unfortunately it hadn't. Now all Samsung flagship smartphones equip a non-removable battery, and don't panic because the Galaxy Note 8 battery is completely safe.

The only problem with a non-removable battery is that if your Galaxy Note 8 freezes or becomes unresponsive then you can't remove the battery to restart the phone. However, Samsung smartphones are equipped with a safety feature that automatically restarts a frozen/unresponsive Galaxy Note 8. This safety feature is the automatic force restart which comes into play to save the battery and the screen.

But in most situations the phone doesn't get restart itself. In this case you have to employ the manual override to force restart your frozen Galaxy Note 8. This manual override is safe and doesn't delete any data from the phone. This tutorial applies to all version of Note 8 from Bell Canada, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and global.

How to Force Restart a Frozen Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • When the phone becomes frozen, unresponsive, and touchscreen doesn't accept inputs then wait for at least 10 seconds for the automatic restart to come into play.
  • If your Galaxy Note 8 doesn't get restarted within 10 seconds then its time to do the manual override (soft reset).
  • Simply press and hold the 'Power' button and the 'Volume Down' button simultaneously (at the same time) for more than 7 seconds or until the phone vibrates.
  • This button combination will even work when the Galaxy Note 8 shows only black screen.
  • After pressing the buttons the phone will boot normally.

How to Exit the Maintenance Mode on Galaxy Note 8

Maintenance Mode on Galaxy Note 8

The 'Power' and 'Volume Down' buttons are also used to start the maintenance mode. If your phone is showing the black screen then it is possible that after pressing this button combination your Note 8 may boot in to the maintenance mode instead normal boot. First of all if you see the black screen then first use the 'Power' button only to check whether the phone boots up or not. If it doesn't start then it is frozen and only the 'Power' and 'Volume Down' buttons will restart it. If your phones boots in maintenance mode then to exit it select the 'Normal Boot' option. To select any option use the volume buttons to move up or down the list and use the 'Power' button to confirm the selection. The phone will reboot to home screen.
Warning: Do not use the 'Factory Reset' option in the maintenance mode. If you do so all the data will be erased and factory reset protection will be enabled. Learn more about factory reset protection.

Moto G4 Plus Gets September 2017 Android Security Patch Update In India

Moto G4 Plus is the only Lenovo-owned G-series android smartphone that has been getting updates since its launch. Since its launch last year the Moto G4 Plus received several quality updates to cure its heating issues and buggy performance. The Moto G4 Plus is now currently running android 7.0 Nougat and previously it was a strong contender for android Oreo upgrade. But Motorola denied delivering the android 8.0 Oreo to this phone when it officially published the list of eligible device. But now Motorola has confirmed that Moto G4 Plus will be getting android 8.0 Oreo soon thereby keeping its promise that they made during the launch event.

The android 8.0 Oreo update schedule is not confirmed meanwhile Moto G4 Plus has received yet another important android security patch update. This latest update is known as the September security patch update which fixes several android vulnerabilities up to September 1st, 2017. One of the main android vulnerability identified as BlueBorne.

BlueBorne is an android vulnerability that can leverage Bluetooth connections to take complete control over your android smartphone. The bad thing about this vulnerability is that there is no need to make a paired Bluetooth connection or let it set in discoverable mode.
The Moto G4 Plus September Security Patch update NPJS25.93-14-10 fixes this vulnerability. So if your phone is notifying you of this update then don't ignore at any cost. Android security patch updates are not something to be ignored. The NPJS25.93-14-10 weighs only 35 MB and takes only 10 minutes to install.

To install this latest update go to 'Settings>About phone>System updates'. When you see the notification tap 'YES, I'M IN'. Wait for the package to download. After downloading tap 'Install Now'. Before updating make sure that the phone's battery is charged to at least 60%.

Should You Install The September Security Patch Update On Your Moto G4 Plus

Yes, you should install this security update. This security patch update doesn't affect the phone's performance. We haven't come across any heating issues after installing it and the phone is working usually. One thing we have noted that after installing the September security patch on Moto G4 Plus the screen burn problem has slightly reduced. After updating to the latest build NPJS25.93-14-10 the phone's screen is not fading heavily. The screen burn problem is still there but it has slowed down a little bit.

Moto G4 Plus Will Soon be Getting Android 8.0 Oreo Update Confirms Motorola

On September 14th, 2017 Motorola finally released a list of its smartphones which are eligible to get the android 8.0 Oreo update. Moto G4 Plus wasn't a part of that list and it was disappointing for G4 Plus users. Many people bought this phone on its promise of getting the android 8.0 Oreo update as Lenovo-owned Motorola confirmed this during the launch event. The android 8.0 Oreo update promise has been the most important selling point for Moto G4 Plus and there is no reason for this phone to not get the android Oreo update.

Besides having a mid-range hardware the Moto G4 Plus is still capable of running android 8.0. Recently Motorola confirmed via a blog post that the Moto G4 Plus will be updated to android Oreo. It was also confirmed that the phone wasn't listed because of some marketing materials errors. You can read the official statement from Motorola which states that.
🙶Since the time of posting this, we have learned of some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for moto g4 Plus. It’s our general practice for the moto g family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O. But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading moto g4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.🙷
And also if you visit the software upgrade section at the then you can see that the Moto G4 Plus will be upgraded to android 8.0. But the exact time has not been mentioned. The Moto G4 Plus received the android 7.0 Nougat update last year in December 2016 so we are not sure whether the Oreo update will arrive by December 2017. As per the reports, the standard Moto G4 and G4 Play will not be getting the android 8.0 updates.

The G4 Plus was also criticized for its screen burn issue that Motorola never managed to fix. The problem started after the July 2016 security patch update and affected almost every phone that installed the update. Motorola doesn't have found a fix for this problem because even after the screen replacement the problem comes back within a month. So, we hope that this problem gets fixed with the upcoming android Oreo update. Recently, Moto G4 Plus got the September 2017 security patch update to fix the BlueBorne vulnerability.

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How To Fix 'Gmail Is Having Trouble With Google Play Services'

Google Play Services is an android system application that is installed on almost 5 billion android devices. This system app runs in the background and performs important tasks needed to run android apps. A few years ago there was no such application for android phones. But in 2012 Google Play Services was launched. Its function is to update android apps especially all the Google apps like Gmail, Google+, Play Store, Google Play games etc. Prior to its launch, the Google apps were updated only after a phone's system update. So at that time phone users had to wait for the manufacturers to release a system update.

But after the launch of Google Play Services, it is now possible to update Google apps. As the technology has now advanced and Google Play Services only updates the required code of an android app without updating the entire app. This also saves data as users now have to download fewer data. Other major tasks that it performs is to act as an android system administrator which lets you locate, lock or erase your lost android phone and providing a communication bridge between android apps.

So, you see how important is the Google Play Services app for an android phone. Without it, most android apps will not work including Google apps. So in this post, we will talk about a common error that most android apps face with the Play Services app.

The Problem: Recently I have been checking my Gmail app and the app keep reporting an error as 'Gmail Is Having Trouble With Google Play Services'. The same error I found with the Play Games app. So, I tried clearing the app cache, app data, installing and applying fresh updates. But nothing worked and the error kept reporting itself. So finally I get to know it that several ungranted android permissions are the cause for this problem. So let's fix it.

How To Fix 'Gmail Is Having Trouble With Google Play Services'

This fix will work for every android app that is having problems with the Google Play Services app. Follow the steps below to fix this problem.

  • Go to 'Settings>Apps'. Scroll down and the 'Google Play Services' app. Tap it to open.
  • Now tap 'Permissions' and make sure that all permissions are enabled and granted. In my case the 'Contacts' permission was disabled that's why Gmail app was reporting the error.
Gmail Is Having Trouble With Google Play Services 
  • After granting the permission the Gmail app or any other Google app will not show any error because we have fixed it.
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How to Convert a Video to a 7-Second GIF in WhatsApp

WhatsApp has been adding special features since a long time now. Last year WhatsApp introduced the end-to-end encryption for chat messages to encrypt messages that you send or receive. Recently we have seen that WhatsApp launched a new feature in which you can set colorful text as your status. This latest feature converts your text status into an image which allows customization options like change text font, background color and add emoticons.

Several other useful WhatsApp features include sharing PDF documents, reply to a specific message, cutting or trimming a video before sharing and GIF image support. WhatsApp has now a built in GIF image search powered by GIPHY. You can also add GIF images from Gboard.

Another interesting feature that you may not aware of is converting your videos to GIF. Yes, it is quite possible to convert a video to a 7 second GIF image. Thorugh this feature we can cut a 7 second part of any video and convert it to a muted MP4 video which is rendered by WhatsApp as GIF. But when these converted files are accessed outside WhatsApp then they will be opened as MP4 videos without audio and not GIFs.

How to Convert a Video to a 7-Second GIF Image in WhatsApp

  • Open your phone's gallery app or Google photos and share a video to one of your WhatsApp contact.
  • When you share the video in WhatsApp an editor will open. This editor lets you cut/trim the video before sending.
  • Through this editor you can add text, emoticons and scribble overlays in your video.
  • So you can see two white circles on the ends of the video frame strip. 

  • To access the GIF option bring these two white circles closer so that the video length becomes '00:06' (6 seconds). Now tap the 'GIF' button next to the video camera icon.
convert whatsapp video to gif
  • Now drag the white circle to the right to add 1 more second. The converted GIF will now be of 7 seconds instead of 6 seconds.
  • Now long tap in between the two white circles and drag the selected video portion anywhere on the entire video strip to select any part of the video.
  • Please note that you can create a GIF with a length of not more than 7 seconds.
  • Finally, tap the send button to convert the video to GIF and share it with your WhatsApp contact.
  • To access the converted GIF go to this directory "Internal storage>WhatsApp>WhatsApp Animated>Sent".

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How to Remove Your Credit/Debit Card Details from Uber App

No doubt, Uber Technologies has now become the world leader in cab services. The company is headquartered in the USA and operates in 633 cities around the globe. Uber provides affordable and comfortable cab rides which you can book anytime and whenever you need. Under the UberPool service, you can book a cab at just ₹49 rupees for up to 8 KM. So it is quite affordable and convenient to use.

Just like Uber provides affordable and comfortable cab rides it also follows a strict set of rules. One of the rules states that deleting your only active payment method is not allowed, which is your credit or debit card. According to Uber technologies, you should have at least one payment method active all the time to request cab services. The payment method can be UPI, Paytm, JioMoney, PayPal (If you live in the USA), or a credit/debit card. Uber doesn't consider cash as an active payment method.

Important Tip #1: So, if you have just signed up for this cab service then I suggest you not to add your credit/debit card in the app and keep using the cash option as the active payment method for all your rides.

However, if you have already added your credit/debit card in the Uber app then you can follow the instructions below to remove it from the app. Actually, we are not allowed to remove an active payment method once added. All we can do is to setup another active payment method and remove the previous one be it your credit card, debit card, e-wallet, Uber wallet or PayPal.

Important Tip #2: This tutorial works for the Uber users in India only as we will be using JioMoney to remove the credit/debit card details from the app. However, if you live in the USA then you can use PayPal as a new payment method to remove your credit card details.

Remove Your Credit/Debit Card Details from Uber App

  • Sign up for JioMoney. Download the app from play store and follow the setup process.
  • You will have to provide your name, age, and the mobile phone number that will be linked to your JioMoney account.
  • Finally, you will be asked to setup a 4-digit mPin.
  • After setting the mPin the app will open. Tap 'Add Money'.
  • Enter the amount that you want to add. Here again Uber applies another rule. Your JioMoney wallet should have at least ₹350 rupees to request cab rides.
  • Don't worry it isn't necessary that you spend entire ₹350 rupees with Uber. You can request a UberPool ride at just ₹49 and still can remove your credit card or debit card details. And you can use the remaining money for any other digital transaction or can send the money back to your bank account.
  • To load the money in JioMoney wallet you can use net banking or credit/debit card. If you are using your credit or debit card then do not put a check on "Save this card for faster transaction".

  • After loading the money to your JioMoney wallet open the Uber app and go to 'Payment' by tapping the menu button on top left corner which looks like three parallel lines. Here tap 'Add Payment Method'.

remove credit card from uber app
  • In 'Payment Method' select 'JioMoney'. Enter your number if asked and enter the OTP if you receive.
  • The Uber app will now access your JioMoney wallet and it will also show the money left in it.
  • That's it you have added a new payment method.
  • Now we have to remove the credit card or debit card details. In the 'Payment' section tap your card.
  • It will show the last four digits of your card and the expiry date. Now tap the three vertical dots on the top right corner and tap 'Delete payment method'.

uber delete payment method
  • After tapping the delete option your card details will be removed from the Uber app instantly and now you can only book cabs either via cash or JioMoney.

Important Tip #3: If you are using JioMoney then Uber will automatically charge your wallet after a ride gets over. This will happen only if you have a minimum balance of ₹350 or your ride cost is less than your wallet's balance. You can't request a ride if your e-wallet doesn't have enough money.

How to Set Cash Payment As The Default Payment Method

Now after removing your card details you can still select cash payment and set it as default payment method over PayPal (for US users) or JioMoney e-wallet. To do this follow the steps below.

  • Open the app and enter your location in the 'Where to?' text field. You can enter your nearby location.
  • Now Uber app will give you options for different cab services like UberGo, UberPool, UberXL, and UberBLACK.
  • Under the car, icons tap the 'JioMoney' icon and select 'Cash' as a payment method. You don't need to confirm a ride.

Now cash will be the default payment option on every new ride that you request. However, if you request rides that you have taken before then the payment method will change to the older one if it exists in your account. But you can change it as I told you in above steps.

Important Tip #4: If you are using Uber app then don't forget to associate an email address with it. Uber provides two types of user accounts 'phone-only user' and the 'user with a registered email and phone number'. If you are a phone-only user then always remember your password because there is no way to reset the password for a phone-only user. Associating an email address would be good because you will receive all the receipts and promotional codes quickly on your email if you ride a lot.

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How to Setup the Built-in Windows 10 VPN

Windows 10 has a built-in VPN client that can create a virtual private network connection for your PC or laptop. Well, most users are confused over the Windows 10 VPN and consider it as a service. But Microsoft isn't providing any free VPN service in Windows 10 and whatever you are seeing is just an official Windows VPN client. This is a client software that was also present in Windows 7/8. But in Windows 10 Microsoft has made it easier to setup. A VPN service and a client software both are different things. A client software uses the VPN services to create a Virtual Private Network. The Windows 10 VPN client is much easier to use with the PPTP/L2TP/IPSec/SSTP and IKEv2 protocols.

If you want to setup a virtual private network connection on your Windows 10 machine then you have to purchase the best VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN which can secure 3 devices at a time and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. The good thing about ExpressVPN is that it can be setup on almost every gadget that has a possibility to setup a Virtual Private Network. It also works with gaming consoles and all the benefits come with unlimited bandwidth. You can buy ExpressVPN by going to this link - Get ExpressVPN Now

What is a VPN?

'Virtual Private Network' which is an extension of the private network across public networks. This security technology is handled by the SSL VPN server which is located at a remote location. On using this network all of the internet traffic generated on the user's end gets encrypted and passes through the ISP's server to reach the VPN server where it gets decrypted. Thus VPN provides us a secure way to use the internet. The main function of a virtual private network server is to encrypt the internet traffic so that no one can see what you were searching or what websites you were visiting.

vpn diagram

Another benefit of using a VPN is that you can connect to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks without bothering about IP leaks and bypass internet censorship. Since VPN masks your IP address and encrypts your internet traffic you can freely connect to unsecured open Wi-Fi networks at public places like hotels and airports. It also lets you access content that is not available in your country.

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How to Setup the Built-in Windows 10 VPN

To use the Windows 10 VPN you will need a valid subscription to one of the popular VPN service provides. We highly recommend ExpressVPN and we use it in this tutorial to configure the Windows 10 private network.

  • Firstly I would obtain username, password, location specific VPN server address (like America, Europe, Asia etc.), and pre-shared key.
  • I will go to my ExpressVPN account and click on 'Set up ExpressVPN'.
  • Then I will select 'Manual Config'. The manual configure will work on most devices that support L2TP/PPTP/IPSec protocols. After clicking it I will click on the 'PPTP & L2TP-IPSec' tab.

  • Now it will provide my username, password, pre-shared key and VPN server location addresses of different countries. I have to choose one address.
  • Now I have got the necessary details and now we will setup the Windows 10 VPN network.
  • Go to 'Settings>Network & Internet>VPN'. Click 'Add a VPN connection'.
  • Click 'VPN provider' and select 'Windows (built-in)'.

windows 10 vpn setup

  • Enter a name for your private network connection.
  • Then enter the server address of VPN location in 'Server name or address'.
  • Then select 'VPN type'. Select 'L2TP/IPSec with pre-shared key'.
  • Now enter the 'Pre-shared key'.
  • Under 'Type of sign-in info' select 'User name and password'.
  • Then finally enter your username and password.
  • Put a check mark on 'Remember my sign-in info'. If you don't check this then Windows will ask for username and password every time you connect to this network.
  • To connect to this virtual private network just click it to open the options and click 'Connect' as shown in step 7 above.
  • You can also connect by clicking the Wi-Fi/network icon in system tray taskbar. Here just click the VPN you just created on the top and click 'Connect'.
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How to Set Colorful Text Status in WhatsApp

WhatsApp 2.17.309 has just rolled out a new feature known as the colourful or the colored text status. Now along with a video or audio you can set colorful text with emoticons as your WhatsApp status. The colored text status can also be edited and you can change the text font and change the background color. But the text color will remain white by default. When you navigate to the 'Status' tab in WhatsApp you can see two buttons on the lower right side. A green camera button for image and video statuses and a pen icon button only for text statuses. So if you want to get this new feature then first update the app to version 2.17.309.

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How to Set Colorful Text Status in WhatsApp

  • After installing the latest version open the app and tap the 'Status' tab.
  • Now tap the pen icon to open the text editor. Type your text status.

whatsapp colored status  

  • Tap the 'T' button to change the font and tap the color tray button to change the background color.
  • Touch the emoticons icon to add smileys and emoticons.
  • Finally tap the green send button to update your WhatsApp status.

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What is Fast Startup and How to Disable It on Windows 10

If you have upgraded to or installed Windows 10 then you are already familiar with how fast Windows 10 boots to desktop. This quick boot feature is enabled by default and works similarly to the hybrid sleep mode. This quick boot feature of Windows 10 is known as 'Fast Startup'. When fast startup is enabled your Windows 10 PC boots very fast because it saved the previous operating system state and just refreshes the system on the next boot. As a result Windows only loads that saved operating system state without having to load the kernel or drivers.

If we compare fast startup with the hibernate mode then it will come out to be a different thing. In hibernate mode Windows saves the operating system state including the running programs and all the work you are doing. When you start your PC then Windows loads exactly the same state from where you left. While in fast startup mode Windows doesn't save any of your work like if you were using a browser or any other programs. These programs will not be saved and Windows will only save the current state to a hibernation file. Now Windows just have to refresh your system with hibernation file. Fast startup is much faster than hibernate mode as it doesn't include saving and reloading programs that you were using previously before shutting down the PC.

Reasons Why You Should Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

When the Fast Startup option is enabled then you will encounter the problems stated below.
  • Your PC or laptop won't be able to apply updates. Your PC doesn't completely shutdown and applying new updates require your PC to restart. So if fast startup is enabled then no update will be installed.
  • The Windows drive gets locked if you shut down your PC when Fast Startup is enabled. The drive can't be accessed from other operating system if you are using dual boot on your computer. The locked Windows drive may get corrupted if you change anything on it from another operating system in dual boot mode.
  • The Task Manager will always show wrong Up time if Fast Startup is enabled. In Task Manager the Performance thread keeps track of the startup duration of your computer. By 'Up time' we mean for how long the computer was in a working state before shutdown. Normally this counter starts from zero but if Fast Startup is enabled then you may see the 'Up time' close to days or even months. This means that your computer hasn't performed a proper shutdown since many days or even months. During this period no updates were installed.

How to Enable or Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

  • Go to 'Settings>System>Power & sleep'. Or simply click the battery icon in the 'System tray' and click 'Power & sleep settings'.
  • Now click 'Additional power settings' under 'Related settings'.
  • Now click 'Choose what the power buttons do'. Then click 'Change settings that are currently unavailable'.

windows 10 fast startup

  • Here uncheck 'Turn on fast startup (recommended)' to disable it and check it again to enable it. Also put a check on 'Hibernate' to show it in the power menu.
  • If you are unable to see hibernate option then open command prompt and type the following command.

powercfg /hibernate on

  • Then hit enter. Now hibernate option will be visible. You can use hibernate option to save your entire work and can resume the work from where you left it. In fast startup your running programs will not be saved.

Fast Startup affects the booting time. If it is enabled then it will boot the system in just 5 seconds if you are using an SSD. But this doesn't perform a complete shutdown. This quick boot feature is only useful if you want to start your PC quickly. This can save time but also remember that you won't be able to install any updates. So if you are using Windows 10 on an SSD then compare the boot times by first disabling then enabling the Fast Startup. In a normal boot sequence an SSD may take 10-20 seconds or more to completely start the computer.

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