How to move phone contacts to SIM card on Android

SIM cards are little cards that you insert in your phones so you can make phone calls, and connect to your carrier’s network. In 2019, they seem to provide the very essential function of connecting us to a network. They do that but these cards can also hold information e.g., messages that you’ve received, or a few contacts.

Before smartphones came along with their ability to store unlimited contacts, it mattered a great deal how many contacts you could save to a phone. Early feature phones were terribly limited in how many contacts they could save and users often had to offload some of the information to SIM cards. Those days are long gone and everyone saves contacts to their phones. If you’re looking to move phone contacts to a SIM card from an Android device, you’re going to need an app to do the job.

Move phone contacts to SIM card

To move phone contacts to a SIM card, you need to install a free app called Copy to SIM card which, per its name, tells you exactly what it does. Download the app from the Google Play Store.

The app will need to access contacts stored on your phone. Copy to SIM card has two tabs; one for SIM contacts, and one for phone contacts. You can go to the SIM contacts tab to see if you already have any contacts saved to your SIM. To move phone contacts to the SIM card, go to the Phone contacts tab, and select the ones you want to move. Tap the more options button at the top right, and select the ‘Copy selected to SIM’ option.

The contacts will be moved to your SIM card. Your phone will still be able to read them, and dial/call the number. Moving a contact may result in some information being lost e.g., an email address or notes associated with a contact. You have the option to move all phone contacts to the SIM card but remember that these cards have limited storage capacity. You can use this app to move SIM contacts to the phone but the stock Contacts app on Android can do that as well.

As for why you’d want to save contacts to the SIM card when your phone is perfectly capable of saving them has to do with accessibility and the fact that we don’t really remember phone numbers any more. If your phone happens to have turned off and you can’t power it on, you can use the SIM to retrieve an emergency contact’s number by inserting it in a different phone. The contact basically goes with the SIM meaning you can access it from any phone.

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Backup and Restore Your Android Data with CoolMuster (Review)

Android OS runs on a variety of devices, both phones and tablets. At any given time, there will be several different versions of the OS running on a myriad of devices. What complicates things even more is that not all these devices run the same Android. Many device manufacturers e.g. Samsung, will modify Android OS to give users of their devices a custom experience. The Android OS you use on, for example, a Xiaomi device will be very different from what you get on a Samsung phone, a Pixel phone, or a Nokia phone.

With so much variation in devices and the OS itself, it makes it difficult to back up the data on an Android phone. Unlike iOS, there’s no official app that lets you reliably back up and restore any Android phone. Google’s cloud backups are time consuming, especially if you have lots of apps and photos. That’s why you’ll find there’s a large market for apps that fill this gap.

Android data back up

When it comes to backing up an Android phone, it’s only the data that’s backed up. The OS version itself, any ROMs you might have installed, or even the root state of a device isn’t backed up. The software that’s generally available for backing up an Android phone will back up apps, photos, and videos. This is basic since both photos and videos can be backed up by connecting a phone to a PC or Mac, and copying the files to a safe location. Apps are always in the Google Play store so there’s not much lost.

A good Android back up, one that’s worth its money, will not only back up photos, videos, and apps, but also messages, contacts, and call logs. More importantly, during the restoration process, it will put everything back the way it was. Your apps will all be installed and grouped into folders, you messages will be present in the messaging app, and your contacts and call log will appear in their respective apps. You won’t be left with a data dump that you have to manually add back to a device.

CoolMuster: An Android back up suite

CoolMuster is an excellent choice if you’re looking to back up our Android phone. It covers the basics, and then some. The app can reliably back up any and all data on a phone, and put it back so that restoring a phone is as easy as copying a bunch of files.

The app works in pairs; you have to install its desktop client on your Windows PC or Mac, and it will install or ask you to install a companion app on your Android phone. Together, these apps will be able to back up everything.

Data cable and WiFi connection

CoolMuster can connect to an Android phone in one of two ways. The first and obvious method is via a data cable but, it can also connect to your phone via the WiFi. Both the device and your computer should be on the same WiFi network, and you will need to install the CoolMunster app on your Android phone. The connection is verified when you scan a QR code shown on the computer from your phone.

Quick back up and restore

Data back ups require time. They’re more than just copies of a file. The files need to be copied so that they can be put back exactly as they were and when you’re backing up a phone, you have all sorts of data to back up. It’s not just a few photos and videos. The messages alone can be a challenge since they have to be put back in order, and the contacts’ need to be maintained so that the messaging history isn’t useless once it’s been restored.

To that end, CoolMunster not only does a great job of backing everything up, it also does so in a surprisingly short amount of time. It was able to back up over 2GB of data within 4 minutes, and was able to restore it within that same time frame. If you’re switching to a new phone, or you’ve had to reset the one you have, the last thing you want to do is wait hours for it to be operational again.

File browser and screenshot utility

Although strictly not a back up feature, the CoolMunster Android app gives you a file browser and, coupled with the desktop companion, it lets you take screenshots of your phone from the desktop. The feature can be accessed from the home screen of the desktop client. Each time the screen on your phone changes, click the refresh button, and then the camera button to capture a screenshot.

Pricing

CoolMunster isn’t free and its trial version is very basic. That said, its pricing options aren’t bad. A yearly license costs $29.95 while a lifetime license costs $39.95. There are options available for buying bulk licenses as well.

How it works

Once you’ve installed the CoolMunster client on your desktop, and connected your Android phone, it will scan your device for data and list it. When you’re ready to back up your data, go to the ‘Super Toolkit’ tab and select the back up option.

The app allows you to choose what is saved and you can exclude anything you don’t want to keep.

To restore the data, you have to connect your phone and on the Super Toolkit tab, select the Restore option.

Conclusion

CoolMunster is a pretty straight forward app; it’s easy to use, and it’s reliable. For an Android device, that is more than enough to keep data safe, and reliably restore it.

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How to delete a Snap from your Snapchat story

The concept of a social media ‘story’ was coined by Snapchat. It’s been copied by many other social media platforms like Facebook, and Instagram but, the Snapchat version still performs better. You can attribute this to the platform being more suitable for that sort of content, or the fact that Snapchat just has better tools for engagement but, there’s no denying that a Snap story is better than an Instagram or Facebook one.

A Snapchat story is basically the equivalent of a status update but it’s visual, and it expires after 24 hours. You can add as many snaps, photos or videos, to it as you want. Each item is added chronologically. Adding a Snap is easy but if you later want to delete a Snap from your Snapchat story, you can. You do not have to wait for the 24 hours to expire in order to do so.

Delete snap from Snapchat story

Open Snapchat and tap your avatar/story thumbnail at the top right. This will take you to your profile screen. Here, you will see your Snapchat stories. Tap the story you want to delete a Snap from. The story will play out in chronological order so tap the screen until you get to the Snap that you want to delete. Once you see it, tap the three dots/more options button at the top right.

You will see a delete button appear on the Snap. Tap it, confirm that you want to delete the Snap, and it will be removed from your story.

If you want to save the Snap so you can edit and post it later, you should first tap the download like button next to the delete icon. This button allows you to save the Snap to your memories, or your camera roll, or both. You can then recall an image from there, edit it, and post it to your story.

As far as reposting goes, the Snap will be dated to the day it was originally created/saved. When you post it again to your Story, viewers will know the image wasn’t taken at the exact moment it was posted on. The edits will all be permanent so if you applied a filter, added a GIF, used stickers, or added text to the Snap when you posted it, and then saved it from your Story before deleting it, all the edits made to it will be permanent. You can add more text, GIFs, stickers, etc., but the ones that are already present are not going to be editable.

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How to shadow ban an Instagram follower

Social media isn’t the easiest to navigate. If you post often, you have to worry about visibility but also the people who follow you and how you interact with them. It’s a breeding ground for bots and trolls and the more visual a social media platform is, the more they tend to pile on. Most social media platforms have a blocking feature but blocking isn’t always the solution. Persistent trolls make new accounts all the time since they’re free. A much better option is to shadow ban a troll. Here’s how you can shadow ban an Instagram follower.

Shadow ban on Instagram

Open Instagram and navigate to the post that has a comment from a troll. Swipe left on the comment and you will see a button with an exclamation mark. Tap it. In the menu that pops up, select the ‘Restrict username’ option. This will effectively shadow ban the user on your account.

What is a shadow ban?

A shadow ban is where a user is essentially speaking into a void. They’re able to see the content you post but any comments that they leave are invisible to you, and to all your other followers, as well as other accounts that are able to see it. To the shadow banned troll, they’re simply being ignored. To you, you don’t have to bother with ignoring rude, or offensive comments, or spend time deleting them. It saves you a lot of headache to say the least.

Why shadow ban?

If you’re dealing with a persistent troll, a shadow ban is better than blocking. This is because when a troll has been blocked, they know it. They’ll likely create a new account and get back to their trolling. With a shadow ban, the user is unaware that the comments they are posting are not visible. For all they know, they’re no longer getting any interaction.

A shadow banned user can check if they’ve been shadow banned if they have a second account. All they’d have to do is check your account to see if comments from the shadow banned account are visible or not. Other than that, there’s nothing that the user can do. A user that’s been shadow banned cannot appeal the ban however, when they post a comment you do have the option to approve it and allow it to be visible on your posts. This means more curation work for you but the user still won’t know that a comment is visible because it was allowed to be by you.

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10 Best Anonymous Browser Apps for Android to Stay Incognito

Android isn’t the most secure platform out there, but with the 10 best apps for anonymous browsing, you can greatly enhance your privacy online. Today we’ll define what anonymous browsing actually entails, run through 10 essential Android apps, and present the 2 best Android VPNs for the ultimate mobile cybersecurity.

Anonymous Browsing

The Internet is a jungle with dangers on every corner. Big corporations want to know what you’re doing and where you’re going to feed you with relevant advertising. Others just collect personal data with bad intents. In addition, we’re browsing the internet from our mobile devices more than ever. Without being too paranoid, you need to make sure your mobile online activity is kept private.

The first step in doing that is to use an anonymous browser, one that will truly protect our privacy. While the default browsers that come preinstalled on our devices might help, they don’t offer the same level of protection as a dedicated anonymous browser. Let’s have a look at the top 10 apps for anonymous browsing on Android.

We’ll begin our discussion by explaining what anonymous browsing is and how it helps preserve your privacy. Then, we’ll jump right in and introduce 10 of the best anonymous browsing apps for Android that we’ve found. As we discuss each one, we’ll tell you about their most important features of those that make them unique.

For Even Better Privacy, Use A VPN On Your Android Device

No matter how anonymous your browser can be, it can’t stop anyone from snooping on your Internet traffic and intercepting your data. To protect against that kind of threat, what you need is a Virtual Private Network or VPN. They work by encrypting all data in and out of your computer using strong algorithms that make it virtually impossible to crack and forcing it through a tunnel to a remote VPN server before sending it out on the Internet. Anyone intercepting your data would only see meaningless garbage with no way to tell what you’re doing or even where you’re going online.

With so many VPN providers, choosing the best one for you can turn out to be a daunting task. There are several factors to consider. Among the most important a fast connection speed will avoid buffering when streaming video, a no-logging policy will further protect your privacy, no usage restrictions will let you access any content at full speed and, in our specific situation, client software for Android will make using the VPN a more pleasant experience.

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN has an excellent reputation for speed. The entire network boasts over 3,000 servers in 94+ countries, one of the largest selections of any VPN provider, offering optimized connections no matter where in the world you go.

ExpressVPN also has excellent privacy features, most notably unbreakable 256-bit AES encryption. They have a strict zero-logging policy to ensure your privacy is safeguarded no matter what. They also offer unlimited bandwidth as well as a no restrictions whatsoever. Theis is perfect for Android users using their mobile device for anything, anywhere. And talking about Android, their client app is one of the best on the market, easily downloaded from the Play Store and super intuitive to use.

Read our full ExpressVPN review.

Pros

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  • Super fast servers
  • Very simple and easy to use
  • Strict no-logs policy for personal information
  • 24/7 Chat Support.
Cons

  • Expensive month-to-month plan.
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2. CyberGhost

Equally good in terms of speed and features, CyberGhost is another excellent VPN for Android users. Its main features include unlimited bandwidth and traffic, 256-bit AES encryption, anti-fingerprinting system, and more. They’ve also really stepped up their server network in recent years, spanning 5,900+ nodes in over 90 countries.

CyberGhost not only has a strict zero-logging policy, they also don’t keep any kind of data about their users. All purchases are processed through resellers so that they don’t have any personal information that could identify users. As for its Android app, it is one of the best on Google Play.

Read our full CyberGhost review.

Pros

  • Unblocking Netflix USA, iPlayer, Amazon Prime, YouTube
  • Special profile designed for torrenting privately
  • No leaks detected
  • No logs policy
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support.
Cons

  • WebRTC leak detected
  • Can’t unblock some other streaming sites.

What Is Anonymous Browsing?

According to Wikipedia, anonymous web browsing refers to using the World Wide Web while hiding a user’s personally identifiable information from websites visited. But today, it is even more than that. Anonymous browsers will use several different methods to safeguard your privacy such as blocking cookies that some sites use to track your activities.

Have you ever wondered why after searching on Google for something, every site you visit for weeks seems to be showing you advertising for that specific thing you searched for? This is done with cookies. And Google, among others, uses them extensively. Anonymous browsing also means browsing without cookies.

Anonymous browsing also happens on your local machine. Every time you end an anonymous browsing session, most apps will delete every temporary file that was downloaded in the background, unbeknownst to you. Of course, files you specifically downloaded from websites won’t be deleted but images and scripts from visited web pages will be deleted, leaving no trace of your activity on your computer.

READ ALSO: Google Chrome Incognito – Is It Really Private?

The Top 10 Android Apps for Anonymous Browsing

The Google Chrome browser, almost the de-facto standard in the Android world has an incognito function, just like its big brothers on Windows or Macintosh computers. It doesn’t go real far in providing privacy, though. It will address the local privacy and the cookies but it kind of stops there. As we discover the Top 10 Android apps for anonymous browsing, you’ll find that there’s quite a bit more which can be done.

Each of the 10 product we’re about to have some great privacy features. Some features are unique to some products, others are common to many. All 10 are probably equally as good, and each one has earned its spot on our list for various reasons.

1. Firefox Focus

Everyone knows Firefox. Their “standard” Android web browser is one of the most popular, second only to chrome. Firefox Focus focuses on privacy (pun intended).

Firefox Focus on Play Store

Firefox Focus is specifically designed with privacy in mind. It is a fast and minimal browser that automatically blocks all trackers and ads. All that without the need to configure anything. Just install it and browse the internet as you normally would. When you close the browser, Firefox Focus will automatically clear all your browsing data including browsing history, download history, etc.

Firefox Focus lets you specify which trackers are blocked or allowed. This is not a common feature and most browsers have an all-or-nothing approach instead. For example, if you want to keep social media trackers for easy sharing, you can. According to Firefox this also helps reduce data usage.

Overall, Firefox Focus is an excellent private browser. And if you’re used to Firefox on Android, you’ll feel right at home.

2. Orfox

Orfox uses the Tor network. Your privacy is protected by a complicated process of bouncing your data back and forth through a number of computers scattered throughout the Internet, In addition, Orfox adds its own encryption layer, and encrypts your Internet traffic.  In a sense, Orfox on top of a sort of VPN service which is available free, unlike most VPN.

Orfox on Play Store

Orfox is one of the best private browsing apps for Android. It allows for a mobile Internet connection that is truly private. Websites you visit won’t be able to monitor you at all. Using Orfox prevents others reach you based on your internet activities.

The Orfox Browser is built from the same source code as the Tor Browser with modified privacy features to make them compatible with Firefox for Android and the Android operating system.

The Tor component of Orfox is actually provided by another app called Orbot which must be installed alongside Orfox to benefit from the best privacy.

3. InBrowser

InBrowser is amongst the most popular anonymous browsers currently available. And it comes with a number of excellent features. Let’s have a look at some of its most unique and valuable ones.

InBrowser supports in-app video. You don’t have to worry about letting another, less-secure app such as YouTube, accidentally take over video playback. Another feature is called agent cloaking. With it, you can make websites think that you are visiting from a different browser such as Firefox or Chrome.

InBrowser on Play Store

InBrowser has an excellent user interface that’s easy to use, though perhaps not as intuitive as Firefox Focus. It has a minimalistic approach which translates into a bigger space for browsing. That’s especially useful if you like to view websites in their desktop format.

InBrowser also has TOR connectivity to ensure your activity can’t be traced back to you. And whenever you quit the InBrowser app, all your activity is erased in a matter of seconds.

InBrowser is a fantastic anonymous web browser. It has several excellent features enabling you to tailor your web browsing experience.

4. Ghostery

The Ghostery browser has some unique features that combine to make it a great option for anonymous browsing on Android.

Ghostery on Play Store

Ghostery‘s most important feature is its ability to show exactly which trackers are present on any given website. The browser also lets you individually choose what is allowed to track your browsing habits and what is not. For the best privacy, you can ensure that absolutely nothing is tracking your activity. Ghostery uses one of the largest trackers databases which includes over 2000 trackers and 4500 scripts.

With a look and feel that closely resemble Chrome on Android, users will feel right at home and won’t have any trouble using it. Extra privacy options in Ghostery allow the user to clear cache and history quickly and easily.

At only 2.1 Mb in size, Ghostery’s footprint and impact on your mobile device’s limited resources is minimal. The publisher, Ghostery Inc., has been around since 2009, dedicated to protecting users’ privacy.

5. Frost Incognito Browser

The Frost Incognito Browser is one of the most widely used apps for private browsing. The browser is always in incognito mode so all your activity remains private. It also comes with an ad blocker and it uses a proxy system, allowing you to bypass local restrictions. Accessing any Internet resource from school, from the office or from a public WiFi hotspot won’t be a problem.

Frost on Play Store

One of the Frost Incognito Browser‘s most unique features is its image and bookmark vault. Images downloaded from websites as well as bookmarks are saved into a hidden, password protected vault. They are invisible to other apps running on your device and only exist within the Frost Incognito browser’s environment. The browser also lets you import and export images between the browser’s vault and the device so they can be used elsewhere.

The browser has a very polished and simple design that makes the most of your screen. An important feature on devices with smaller displays. It is a fast, full-featured tabbed browser with HTML 5 video support, popup blocker, and user agent switching.

6. Dolphin Zero Browser

The Dolphin Zero browser has a “do not track” feature that is enabled by default. This prevents it from revealing personal information like browser history, form data, input data, passwords, cached data and files, favicons. user address book, cookies and location information.

Dolphin Zero on Play Store

Dolphin Zero Browser also has Adblock, allowing you to browse seamlessly without any popups, ads, banners & ad-videos. The browser’s focus is primarily privacy, user experience and simplicity.

Dolphin Zero lets you download videos at blazingly fast speed with its video downloader. It provides a clean user interface where you can add your preferred websites as speed dial icons with one-touch access. You can also create personalized gestures to access common features of websites like drawing a letter “B” to go to Bing. The browser even has voice search that works with Yahoo, Bing or Duckduckgo.

7. CM Browser

CM Browser is published by Cheetah Mobile Inc., the developer of Clean Master and CM AppLock. It’s got a clean, minimalist interface with a unified address and search bar that is very pleasing to the eye and easy to use.  At only 2.9 MB, it is also is one of the tiniest browsers on the market. It has an acceleration feature that makes web surfing a breeze by preloading web page elements.

CM on Play Store

CM Browser boasts do-not-track settings by default and will warn you when you visit potentially fraudulent websites. Furthermore, the browser also has anti-malware functionality, automatically scanning all downloaded file. In addition, the Adblock function can clean annoying pop-ups, banner ads, video ads. All those combine to give you a smooth browsing experience.

8. Armorfly Browser and Downloader

Armorfly is made by Cheetah Mobile, the same company that makes the well known CM Browser. It is quite a bit different from the CM browser, though. You can think of it as a hardened CM browser with more security and privacy features.

Armorfly on Play Store

One of Armorfly‘s unique features is the possibility to download videos from many different websites, something that is not available usually possible without a browser extension. It detects every video on a web page and gives you the option of downloading it.

On the security front, it also has a “Private Vault” where you can store personal files and a very powerful built-in antivirus engine to keep your safe from malware.

Armorfly is a very interesting option, especially for those who are used to their mother product, CM browser. It offers some excellent features you don’t normally find elsewhere.

9. Brave Browser

Brave, the publisher of the Brave Browser was co-founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. Chances are he knows a thing or two about browsers. They recently released a new, revamped version of their Brave browser. They replace the old user interface with link bubbles and other oddities and replaced it with a more familiar tabbed browser experience,

Brave on Play Store

Privacy-wise, Brave Browser has numerous security features. It has HTTPS Everywhere which will always try to access a secure version of any website you visit. In addition, it also has an anti-fingerprinting shield, phishing protection, and malware filtering. Add to that a built-in ad blocker and popup blocker, tracking protection, script blocking and third-party cookie blocking and you have pretty much every security feature there is. And to make things even better, It is also optimized to save battery and data consumption.

10. Firefox

Perhaps Firefox Focus is too restricted for your taste. Or perhaps you’d rather stick to more “mainstream” apps. Then, how about using the good old Firefox browser. While it’s not, in itself, a particularly secure or private browser. Several extensions exist to enhance it with those features you need.

Firefox on Play Store

Out of the box, Firefox browser’s latest version has some pretty decent privacy features such as private browsing with tracking protection which blocks any web page content that may track your browsing activity.

Furthermore, Firefox has a large library of free add-ons like HTTPS Everywhere, AdBlock, Readability, etc. that work together to give you the level of privacy you need. And unlike Chrome, which uses separate apps to add features, Firefox’s extension work inside the browser, like they do on their desktop counterpart.

And you also get all of those great non-privacy features that Firefox is famous for. Among those, its smart search capabilities quickly come to mind. Overall, Firefox is a great browser that can be made a private as the most private ones.

In Conclusion

We’ve only presented a sample of all the available Anonymous browsers for Android. There are dozens more. But those ten seem to be generally considered as among the best of them. Each has some interesting and/or unique feature. Is any one browser better than any other, we don’t think so. Like always, selecting the best for you is a matter of finding one that has all the features you want and none of the annoyances you can’t stand. And the only way to find it is to try as many as you can.

Are you a big fan of anonymous browsing on Android? If you are, which app are you using and which of its features do you like most? Use the comments below to share your experience with us,

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