Google Gboard's floating keys make your giant phone more comfortable

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Google is giving you the power to make its mobile keyboard float and to move it anywhere you want to. No need to chant Wingardium Leviosa -- it's Le-vi-O-sa, by the way -- just tap on Gboard's G icon, and you'll find the "Floating" option under its m...

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How to connect your phone to an Xbox One

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Microsoft's Xbox app can't do it all, but it does allow you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.

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Death from above? How we’re preparing for a future filled with weaponized drones

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Drones are beginning to enable everything from search & rescue, to the delivery of medicines to hard-to-reach places. But they are also being used as cheap, and deadly flying bombs. How can we defend ourselves?

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Best iPhone Xs Max Battery Cases: Keep Your Giant Phone Charged

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Best iPhone Xs Max Battery Cases

The iPhone Max with giant 6.5-inch display comes with robust 3,179mAh battery. For normal usage, this high-capacity battery can take you through the day and even keep some extra juice in the tank to let you take a peek at the latest tweets at night. However, if you are a power user, chances are your beast may very well fall short of the deadline; making you run for the wall chargers untimely. If that’s the case, you would want to have the top iPhone Xs Max battery cases at your disposal.

Don’t like bulky battery cases? I think not many of us enjoy putting on heavy covers. Fortunately, there are quite a few cases that are slim enough to look appreciable (if not dashing) on the iPhone. Explore the following collection and buy the best battery pack for your iPhone.

Top iPhone Xs Max Battery Cases

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MoonMini Vocalol Vproof Stoon BasicStock MAXBEAR Euhan Snowpink Alpatronix i.VALUX #1. MoonMini

Moonmini iPhone Xs Max Battery Case

I find “Moonmini” up to the mark from various aspects. First, it comes in two variants–3600mAh and 6000mAh. If you want your smartphone to have plenty of luxury, then the high-capacity charger is the way to go.

The second, the case features a slim design that makes a decent pair with the smartphone. If you don’t want to compromise elegance, the minimalist profile could be a deciding factor for you.

And the third, the durable structure ensures the smartphone has the much-needed cushion to keep impact at bay. Plus, the inclusion of raised bezel keeps the dual-lens camera protected against scratches.

USP: Impact-resistant design
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#2. Vocalol

Vocalol Battery Case for iPhone Xs Max

Get more than 200% extra power for your iPhone Xs Max by installing this 6000mAh capacity battery case. The case features four level LED power indicator that tells you how much power left. Also, check the power switch that helps you switch the battery case on and off.

While your iPhone is being charged wirelessly, you can sync the device to MacBook, PC or laptop. The slim profile of this case lets you take it anywhere by putting it in your travel bag.

USP: Advanced sync & magnet
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#3. Vproof

Vproof iPhone Xs Max Battery Case

Vproof’s battery case gives your iPhone 125% extra power with its 6000mAh battery capacity. You can keep your iPhone charged all day and use all its features including web browsing and music/video apps. A notable feature of this case is that you can charge your iPhone and the case simultaneously.

When you need to transfer your iPhone data to MacBook or PC, you are not supposed to remove the case. Check its built-in magnetic metal, which works excellent with magnetic cradles in your car.

USP: Full-edge protection
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#4. Stoon

Stoon Battery Case for iPhone Xs Max

“Stoon” has come up with a high-capacity battery case that looks quite promising. The 6000mAh battery adds up to 125% extra charge to the iPhone. To be more precise, it delivers an additional 35 hours talk time, 95 hours music time and 33 hours video recording.

Design wise Stoon looks a bit on the slimmer side and fits around the giant screen smartphone spotlessly. As for protection, this battery case can endure shock. Plus, the case also features a bumper for the rear camera to ward off scratches.

USP: 125% extra charge
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#5. BasicStock

BasicStock iPhone Xs Max Battery Case

Not every battery case in the market can power up your iPhone with the needed security. With multiple industry regulatory certificates like CE, RoHS, and FCC, “BasicStock” can juice up your smartphone with the essential safeguard.

The built-in protective IC circuit plays a major role in preventing dangers like overcurrent and short-circuit. Apart from the security, BasicStock can be trusted to absorb shock.

The embedded metal plate allows it to get along with magnetic car mounts as well. And with the ergonomic design, the battery cover also feels nice to the touch.

USP: Built-in protective IC circuit
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MAXBEAR Battery Case for iPhone Xs Max

Times when you want to rest your hands to enjoy some cool videos, a kickstand comes in very handy. And if you are willing to bolster your hands-free experience, “MAXBEAR” can be worth giving a chance.

The case has a good 5200mAh battery that should stand up to your normal demand reasonably well. Besides, it’s also certified by the noted industry regulators to offer secure charging.

The 360°scratch-guard provides the desired shield to your Xs Max. Thus, your smartphone doesn’t find it tough to keep a random impact at bay.

USP: Built-in kickstand
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#7. Euhan

Euhan iPhone Xs Max Battery Case

Courtesy the Apple certified chip, “Euhan” is primed to be fully compatible to charge your smartphone. Therefore, you can trust this battery pack to be a dependable companion for your smartphone.

The 5000mAh battery may seem to be a little less, but it will be a fine asset during a short trip. Incorporated with four LED indicators, tracking power status is quite simple.

There is also a power switch button to let you ON/OFF charging with ease. And thanks to the sliding design, installing and removing the iPhone is a bit more convenient.

USP: Apple certified chip
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#8. Snowpink

Snowpink Battery Case for iPhone Xs Max

When I look at “Snowpink,” the thing that calls for my attention immediately is the impressive two-piece design. Due mainly to the sliding design, you will be able to install and remove your smartphone painlessly.

Another feature that makes it a safe bet for regular use is the sync through design. As a result, you won’t have any problem while syncing the Xs Max with your computer.

Boasting impact-resistant design; the battery cover can fight out the random shock. And with the lifetime warranty on offer, Snowpink seems to be a long-term prospect.

USP: Impressive two-piece design
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#9. Alpatronix

Alpatronix iPhone Xs Max Battery Case

Alpatronix brings a battery case that is compatible with Qi wireless charging. This means you can use any Qi wireless charging pad to charge your iPhone and this battery case. Once both are charged fully, you can say bye-bye to those messy cables.

This battery case is compatible with Apple Pay, so you are not required to remove the case when you need to make payment anywhere. The design of this case enables you to install and remove it without any hassle.

USP: Apple Pay compatibility
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#10. i.VALUX

iVALUX iPhone Xs Max Battery Case

To design an ultra-slim battery case is an achievement in its own right. i.VALUX has done this successfully by launching this 5200mAh battery case for iPhone Xs Max. The smart indicators allow you to know the battery status of the case.

i.VALUX has removed excessive bulk from this case to keep it slim enough, making it easy for you to hold in hands. You can sync your phone data while charging your iPhone; at the same time, you can access all the ports on your device.

USP: Supports car mount
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That’s all, folks!

Charging off…

An ideal battery case is the one that doesn’t add bulk to your device. Though it is hard to find a perfect battery pack, you may find one or two from the above list. Battery cases come handy especially when you are traveling or maybe you are on an adventure trip.

Explore more iPhone Xs Max Accessories:

Best iPhone Xs Max Cases Best iPhone Xs Max Kickstand Cases Best iPhone Xs Max Wallet Cases Best iPhone Xs Max Clear Cases

Which battery case would you like to buy for your iPhone Xs Max? Share your feedback with us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, make sure to download our app to explore other accessories for iPhone Xs Max.

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After Math: Paying more for less

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The rent is too damn high unless you're living in a van down by the river, medical care routinely puts people into bankruptcy, gas prices are still floating around $3 a gallon nationwide and Senator Ted "Zodiac Killer" Cruz is worried that his six fi...

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How to Use Your Existing Phone Overseas

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By Geoffrey Morrison This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full blog here.

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Everything you need to know about the 2018 MacBook

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Whether it's called the MacBook Air or just the MacBook, Apple is highly rumored to introduce a new, affordable laptop in 2018. We discuss reports about upgrading displays, processors, sign-in features, and more.

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How to View Saved Passwords Using Siri in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

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How to Find Passwords Using Siri in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Recently while taking a close look at the much-improved “iCloud Keychain,” I discovered that it’s a lot easier to find passwords with Siri in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

No more digging deep into the Settings to view all of the saved passwords in iCloud keychain! Many a time, the secret codes seem to go away from my mind, and I had to dive into a tad long route to track them down. Now that Siri is always there to cut the chase, accessing the apps or website passwords stored in the keychain is a bit smooth sailing.

How to Quickly Access Saved Passwords Using Siri on iPhone and Mac Show Passwords using Siri on iPhone and iPad in iOS 12 View Passwords using Siri on Mac Running macOS Mojave How to View Passwords On iPhone and iPad Running iOS 12

Step #1. Simply invoke Siri and then either speak or type something like, “Show my saved passwords,” “Show my Facebook passwords,” “Find my Amazon passwords.”

Invoke Siri and Speak or Type Show my saved passwords on iPhone

Step #2. Next, you need to authenticate using your Touch ID/Face ID or passcode.

Authenticate using Touch ID, Face ID or passcode on iPhone

Once the authentication is done, you will see your stored passwords on the iCloud Keychain page. 

You can access your Saved Passwords with Siri on iPhone running iOS 12

Getting it done is just as straightforward on the Mac. Read on…

How to Show Passwords Using Siri On Mac Running macOS Mojave

Step #1. Activate Siri on your Mac. To do so, click on the Siri icon in the menu bar.

Click on the Siri icon in the menu bar on Mac

Note: On your iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro, say “Hey Siri.”

Step #2. Now, you can speak or type something like, “Show my Twitter passwords,” “Find my Instagram passwords,” “Show my saved passwords.” etc.

Speak or Type Show my saved passwords on Mac

Step #3. Next, you have to authenticate using Touch ID or user account passwords.

Authenticate using Touch ID or user account passwords on Mac

Once you have verified your identity, you will have access to your passwords. Told you, it’s become pretty simple to find the stored keys.

You can access your Saved Passwords with Siri on Mac Running macOS Mojave

That’s all!

It’s Just the Tip of Iceberg…

Both the macOS Mojave and iOS 12 have made password management a seamless experience. For instance, you can now use third-party password autofill provider, share passwords via AirDrop and even enable Safari to save website passwords for quick access. You can take full advantage of the enhanced iCloud Keychain to manage your codes efficiently.

Have a Glance At Below Posts As Well:

Best Password Manager Apps for iPhone and iPad Best Task Manager Apps for iPhone and iPad How to Enable Do Not Disturb Bedtime Mode in iOS 12 How to Use Siri Shortcuts app in iOS 12

How much impressed are you with Siri and the improvements it’s got? Send your thoughts across down below in the comments section and on Facebook as well as Twitter. Moreover, download our iGB app to read more such tutorials.

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Living With the 2018 Nissan Leaf: An Active Adventure in Vermont

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Living With the 2018 Nissan Leaf: An Active Adventure in Vermont is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

What is it like to live with the Nissan Leaf? While I haven’t lived with one for a year, I was able to experience an active weekend away in the 2018 Nissan Leaf and I came away impressed with the range and all the cool tech built-in to this electric vehicle.

Nissan hosted me in Burlington Vermont right as the leaves changed over to fall to drive the Nissan Leaf through Smugglers Notch, Burlington and throughout a beautiful countryside. the 2018 Nissan Leaf range is 150 miles, which was more than enough for a simulated weekend in Vermont, even without the plentiful access to chargers.

After enjoying an excellent vegan dinner we retired for the night and got up early to split into groups to go kayaking or mountain biking. I drove the Nissan Leaf to kick off a Kayak trip on the Winooski river.

This gave me the opportunity to test out the Nissan Leaf e-pedal driving mode and regenerative braking. With this option enabled, I was able to one pedal drive for most of the day. One Pedal driving in the Nissan Leaf is optional and takes a little getting used to, but it’s really handy once you figure it out.

With the e-pedal mode on and the B driving mode to use regenerative braking, I simply pressed the gas to go, and then anytime I let off the gas, the brakes would engage to slow me down. If I slowed down fast enough it would trigger the brake lights without me touching the brake pedal. Once I learned the timing of this I could stop for most traffic lights and stop signs without even touching the brake. It also worked out really handy while going down hills as it kept the Leaf at a good speed without the need to tap on the brakes.

In addition to simplifying the driving experience in a real way, this captures more energy to get the most out of the range. The weather was perfect for a fall day, so I didn’t cut into any range with the heat or air conditioner. I enjoyed the heated seats to dry off some after I got wet kayaking!

The 2018 Nissan Leaf I drove includes Pro Pilot Assist, which is a semi-autonomous driving system that takes a lot of the stress out of driving on the highway and allowed me to take in more of the beautiful fall leaves. I used this on the highway and on some of the two lane roads around Burlington and Stowe and was impressed with what it could do.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf provided more than enough range for my simulated weekend in Vermont.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf provided more than enough range for my simulated weekend in Vermont.

To start, I set the radar cruise control. This keeps me at my desired speed of just over the limit on the highway. If the person in front of me slows down the car automatically slows down, keeping me with the flow of traffic. Many cars offer adaptive cruise systems, but Pro Pilot Assist takes it further. By reading the lines on the road, I was able to use Steering Assist to keep the car in my lane and on the road even around curves on the highway. You still need to keep your hands on the wheel, but you don’t need to make all the micro-corrections and it makes a drive home at the end of a busy day a little bit more enjoyable. Pro Pilot Assist is an epic road trip companion, and a must have feature on the Leaf or any Nissan it’s available on.

While I didn’t need to charge in the middle of the day, I wanted to see how prevalent the chargers were. I used the built-in Navigation system to locate a charger and set directions to it. I ended up navigating to Ben & Jerry’s where I was able to use a free charger to charge at the normal rate. There was also a fast charger that can add more range faster, for a price. In a setting like Burlington chargers were plentiful and also available in the parking garage of our hotel. Charger availability in parking garages can be challenging as some EV owners will use the parking spots simply to get a closer spot, even if they aren’t charging.

A comfortable interior and handy tech features await you inside the Nissan Leaf.

A comfortable interior and handy tech features await you inside the Nissan Leaf.

Nissan offers a decent in-car infotainment system, but I was very happy to see that it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With these options I could easily control my music, messages, maps and more without picking up my phone. With iOS 12 on my iPhone I could even use Google Maps and Waze with my iPhone plugged in.

One downside is that the back seat doesn’t include any chargers to plug your USB cord or a 12V adapter. You can solve this issue with the Belkin Road Rockstar charger that puts two ports up front and two in the back, but it would be nice to see a charge point in the back seat.

Speaking of the backseat. The Nissan Leaf has a surprising amount of room for a small car. On the ride from the airport to the hotel I was a passenger in a Nissan Leaf. I had plenty of room in the backseat and headroom was pleasantly ample for the size of the car. We could also fit three carry on bags and three backpacks in the cargo area, next to the charging cord, with room to spare.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf starts at $22,490 after Federal Tax Credits. Learn more at Nissan.

Disclosure: Nissan brought me to Vermont and put me up in an eco-friendly hotel to experience how a Nissan Leaf owner might spend an active fall weekend.

Living With the 2018 Nissan Leaf: An Active Adventure in Vermont is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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15 Common Google Pixel 3 Problems & How to Fix Them

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15 Common Google Pixel 3 Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are finally available and they have plenty of features to enjoy. At the same time, no phone is perfect and some users will run into Pixel 3 problems. With that in mind, we’ll walk you through some of the most common issues and offer tips or resources to fix them.

With our help, you can fix most Pixel 3 problems without calling Verizon or heading to a store for support. In fact, many of them are easy to fix at home from your couch. Then, we’ll continuously update this post with more info as it becomes available.

Read: 15 Best Pixel 3 XL Cases 

Whether you’re dealing with audio issues, need to fix bad Pixel 3 battery life or the phone is frozen, this is a great place to start. We’ll help you with multiple issues and offer tips to fix them along with improving your overall phone experience.

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are brand new, which is a good thing. That means the company will likely find and address a few bugs or problems after the first few million get into the hands of users. Basically, expect a few immediate software updates or plenty of fixes in the next monthly security update.

For now, some of the early Pixel 3 and 3 XL problems we’re hearing about include freezing, random reboots or crashes, Bluetooth (again) issues, charging problems, fingerprint scanner issues, audio recording, the camera not saving photos and more. Keep in mind that these are small and isolated incidents. Don’t let this list sway you away from an otherwise excellent Android phone.

How to Fix Pixel 3 XL Apps That Aren’t Fullscreen

The bigger and beautiful Samsung OLED on the Pixel 3 XL is one of its best features. However, the taller and skinny screen might cause a few problems. This is nothing new, but some apps won’t take up the entire screen. Especially with that notch.

Pixel 3 DL owners are complaining about black bars at the top and bottom of apps, in videos, on YouTube and more. Samsung and LG combat this with “app scaling” or fullscreen mode, that stretches apps to use the entire display. However, Google doesn’t have a similar control or customization option in settings on the Pixel 3. Even the latest Android 9 Pie update doesn’t include one. Resulting in a problem like “widescreen” video a few years ago.

Sadly, we don’t have a fix for this yet. Google updated the YouTube Android app, and pinch-to-zoom will switch the app to fullscreen mode. Other apps don’t have this luxury. That said, most apps along with Android 9 are built to handle different screen sizes, so this is a problem most shouldn’t face.

Google Pixel 3 WiFi Problems

Just like we see with almost every smartphone release on Android or iOS, many users are complaining about Pixel 3/XL WiFi. Whether that be speeds, drops or connectivity. This is more of a glitch than a real problem.

How to fix Pixel 3 WiFi Problems

First, Toggle WiFi Off/On Try rebooting your phone Reset your home router Go to Settings > WiFi and forget your wireless network(s) Then, connect and re-enter the password for a fresh start.

These are a few of the steps we try and recommend first. Toggle it off and back on, maybe reboot your phone, reset your router, or take more drastic measures.

How to Fix Pixel 3 Fingerprint Scanner Problems

Pixel Imprint is fast and accurate on the Pixel 3. Allowing owners to unlock the phone in seconds with a fingerprint. However, we’re seeing a lot of reports that it isn’t working as expected. We saw similar complaints with the Pixel 2 XL last year. This is due to a variety of things.

First, delete any saved fingerprints and do them again and make sure the sensor and your hands are clean. This is especially true if you recently added a case. Don’t just tap in the same spot, even if the phone lets you. Move it around so the sensor gets as much data as possible.

Some users suggest saving the same main finger more than once, giving the Pixel twice as much data to unlock more accurately and faster.

How to Fix Pixel 3 Bluetooth Problems

Almost every Pixel phone or even Android phone for that matter has an owner complaining about Bluetooth. And while we’re already seeing Pixel 3 Bluetooth complaints, it’s just the nature of the game. There are thousands of accessories and products, tons of different phones, and sometimes they don’t communicate with each other that great.

The biggest thing we’re seeing is connectivity in cars. Some just don’t want to keep the connection, or it turns itself off.

We recommend deleting all Bluetooth pairings and starting over, for the best experience. Then, try seeing if your car stereo has a firmware update. A lot changed in Oreo, and manufacturers are still catching up. Google claims Android 8.1 Oreo finally fixed Bluetooth problems, but they might have to address a few in upcoming Android 9 Pie updates too. Just hang tight, and redo any connections if you’re dealing with issues. Bluetooth is an ongoing issue and constant battle with Google, it seems.

How to Fix Pixel 3/3XL Display Issues & Colors

This year the Pixel 3 XL has a beautiful Samsung OLED display that’s one of the best on the market. It’s way better than the well-documented Pixel 2 XL. We’re not seeing any complaints about burn-in, color shifts, or anything else.

That said, some will want to change the color profiles and make the display match their style or needs. So, here’s how to fix and change display colors.

Head to Settings > Display > Advanced > Colors > and choose Boosted or Saturated. Google gives owners a few different profiles to choose from, but it’s not as advanced as something like the Galaxy Note 9. Either way, choose what’s best for you.

How to Hide the Pixel 3 XL Notch

We know it’s a question people will ask, and we’re here to help. If you want to hide the big notch in the Pixel 3 XL screen here’s how. There are a few hoops to jump through, like turning on developer options, so follow the steps exactly as outlined.

Go to Settings > System > About Phone > Scroll down and tap on Build Number 8 times Once you see a popup that says “You Are Now a Developer” hit Back In Settings > System > Advanced you’ll see a new choice for Developer Options near the bottom, click that Scroll down until you see Drawing > tap on Display Cutout and choose Hide. You’re welcome!

How to Fix Pixel 3 Audio Problems While Recording

At launch, the Pixel 2 had a lot of issues with the quality of audio during a recording. Unfortunately, we’re seeing similar complaints about the new Pixel 3 and 3 XL. It’s like Google didn’t learn its lesson. The phone records amazing video with two different types of stabilization, but the audio isn’t on par with the video quality. From artifacts in the sound file to just poor audio in general. Some users claim the sound will go from great to poor during the same recording. Where it sounds fine, then sounds like a tin-can later on.

We reached out to Google regarding this and will report back if we hear anything. For now, try the fix that worked last year until a software update arrived. You can do that by going to Settings > Connected Devices > and turn off NFC. That gets rid of some of these sounds or issues in your video. Are you having problems while recording video on the Pixel 3? Let us know in the comments below.

How to Fix Pixel 3 Camera Problems

As expected, the Pixel 3 has one of the best cameras on the market. It does some truly amazing things while you’re taking photos. That said, what’s the point of a great camera if it doesn’t save your photo? Yes, a lot of people are reporting photos simply don’t save after being shot.

If your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL isn’t saving photos we have a potential fix. Go to Settings > Search for Doze > and turn off any battery optimizations or Doze controls on the camera app. Disable anything messing with the actual camera application. Apparently, some of Google’s aggressive battery-saving features aren’t playing nice with the camera. This is a temporary fix.

Then, we’re hearing some complaints about the camera app crashing while trying to take portrait photos or wide selfies. This could be a small software bug that Google will quickly take care of, so hang tight.

How to Fix Bad Pixel 3 Battery Life Problems

Surprise, surprise, like every other phone on the market, we’re seeing complaints about battery life. This could be due to a lot of things but is likely an app that isn’t working right with Android 9 Pie. We recommend customizing location settings, turning the screen brightness down to around 40% or automatic, and closing big apps you no longer need. We’ve put together a guide to get better Pixel 2 battery life, start there as they’re similar phones.

However, the best route is to head into settings and make sure something isn’t wrong, and that an app isn’t draining more battery than it should. Head to Settings > Battery and see what’s at the top of the list. Typically Android system, Android OS, Pixel Launcher, or the Display is at the top. If there’s an app using too much, something isn’t right. Uninstall it, disable the app, or tap on it and hit “Force Close” to kill an app that’s draining the battery.

We also recommend setting up Battery Saver modes when you’re in a pinch and need extra juice.

How to Fix Pixel 3 Charging Issues (Overheating, etc)

Every smartphone gets hot while charging, especially using the fast rapid charging technology with USB Type-C. If your Pixel 3 is getting hot when it’s charging, don’t worry about it. If you’re actually experiencing charging problems, that’s something else completely.

Fast charging allows your Pixel to charge from 0-50% in about 20 minutes and gives the Pixel 3 enough juice for the rest of the night or a busy work day. It’s also what makes it get hot during the recharge process. This is nothing to worry about.

If we hear any complaints about fat charging not working, like we saw with the Pixel 2 XL, we’ll report back. For now, everything seems ok.

Pixel 3 Missing Text Messages Problem

The update to Android 9 Pie caused a few problems. One of those is missing text messages on everything from the original Pixel to the new Pixel 3 XL. It’s odd, and we’re not 100% sure the cause.

For more information on this problem and what to expect click here. Basically, this is one more little bug that Google squashed with recent updates. If you aren’t on the latest firmware, you might experience problems. Another option is to download a different text message app or try turning off WiFi calling. We heard that fixes the problem for some.

Pixel 3 Freezing or Acting Funny (How to Reboot A Frozen Phone)

Another problem we’ll hear plenty over the next year or two is the Pixel 3 XL freezing, rebooting, or acting funny. People need to remember that smartphones are computers, and if you haven’t rebooted your phone in 6 months it’ll probably be laggy. Hard crashes and reboots try to save stuff to memory too, so it’ll often reboot to the same laggy state.

Basically, to improve stability, performance, crashes and freezing try rebooting your phone. Also, go into Google Chrome and look for a number in a box near the top right corner. That’s how many Google Chrome web browser tabs you have open. If you have like 30, you should reboot your phone. We see this daily.

Press and hold the power button and select reboot. Do this at least once a week for the best results.

How to Fix Pixel 3 Wet Speaker Problems

Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL have an IP68 dust and water-resistant rating. Good for around 30 minutes under 5+ feet of water. However, the speaker grills still get wet and might sound funny for a few minutes until they’re dry. This shouldn’t cause any permanent damage, so don’t worry.

There is a small grill behind the speaker cutout, and surface tension keeps water out of the device. Gently tap it against your palm to get any leftover water out, let it dry, and you’ll be fine.

However, if the phone is underwater too long, or goes too deep, this water might cause problems. If so, try the old bag of rice trick and the speaker should hopefully work fine tomorrow.

Pixel 3 Reboot & Factory Data Reset

Last but not least we have two other potential fixes for any problem you experience. The first one is to hard reboot your phone if it’s completely frozen. If the device is not only struggling but completely unresponsive, try this. Press and hold the power button for 8 seconds. This does a hard reset, and it works even if the phone is completely frozen or the screen is off.

Then, doing a factory data reset is the last resort to fix problems. This will erase all user data, apps, messages, and content from the phone. A factory reset typically fixes any major issues, software problems and more. It will revert the Pixel 3 back to the way it was the day you bought it.

This is the best route to take for any big problems, and actually something I do once a year after major platform software updates. So, like when the Pixel 3 gets Android Q in 2019. Again, this erases everything on the phone. Backup all data using many of the tools available, then follow the steps below wipe out your phone.

Head to Settings by pulling down the notification bar and hitting the gear-shaped icon near the top. In settings scroll down System, then find Reset tap Factory Data Reset. The phone will reboot a few times, erase everything, and boot up fresh and ready to go.

What Next?

After trying some of these fixes are you still having problems? If so, make sure you received the latest monthly Android 9 Pie update from Google. Head to Settings > system > system updates > and tap check for updates. You’ll get an update the day you get the Pixel 3, and another the first week of EVERY month. These are monthly security patches and bug-fixing updates — accept them.

What’s next though? That of course, is improvements or maintenance releases to Android 9 Pie. We’re expecting some sort of Android 9.0.1 or 9.1 updates before the end of the year. Mainly to improve the experience. If not, something should arrive in early 2019 before the first Android Q Developer Preview in March.

We’ll keep an eye out for bug fixes in each monthly release, fixes from around the web, or new problems that surface as more people get the phone. As we see and learn more we’ll share all the details right here.

If you’re experiencing different problems let us know what it is in the comment section below. Before you go, buy a Pixel 3 XL screen protector and then enjoy all the cool things this phone can do.

15 Common Google Pixel 3 Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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