How to simulate a notch on an Android phone

Phones are going to have a notch. It may not make for the most attractive hardware but it’s not going away any time soon. It’s going to get to a point where it’ll be hard to find a phone that doesn’t have a notch. The notch has taken a few different forms; there’s the notch that the iPhone X introduced, and there’s the hole punch one we’re seeing on some new Android phones. The notch has inspired some interesting apps. If you want to simulate a notch on an Android phone, it’s pretty easy to do if you’re running Android 9. If you’re running an older version of Android, you can use a third-party app to get the job done.

Simulate a notch – Developer options

This is a feature in the Developer options of Android 9 and while many phones are running Android 9, the notch doesn’t seem to be able to fit the display for all of them correctly. You might get a good looking notch, or an absolutely ridiculous looking one.

Open the Settings app and enable Developer options. To enable it, locate the information for your phone and tap the build number seven times to enable them.

After enabling the Developer options, open it and look for a setting called ‘Simulate a display with a cutout’. Tap it, and from the menu that opens, select the kind of notch you want to add to your display.

The notch is a cosmetic effect and will not show up in screenshots. It’s possible that apps built for a notch display may detect its presence since that’s likely what it was built for. As for how it looks, there’s no screenshot to show you but it’s not the best looking fake-notch out there.

Simulate a notch – App

You can also simulate a notch on an Android phone with a third-party app like XOutOf10. It’s free but has ads. The notch it adds is better than the built-in feature that Android 9 has. It also shows up in screenshots which lets us show you how it looks but will mess up any screenshots you take.

If you have a phone with little to no bevel, the app will add a reasonably good notch. Unfortunately, the notch also has a fake camera. This is because it mimics the notch on the iPhone X. It’s not just adding a notch, it’s adding the notch that the iPhone X has, camera, speaker, and all.

There’s no shortage of apps like this so if this one doesn’t do the trick, you can probably find ten others. Outside of testing apps built for notch phones, this ‘feature’ has little utility. Most people look for ways to hide the notch or customize it to look better.

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How to enable Facebook Messenger dark mode

Facebook Messenger has a dark mode but unlike an ordinary feature, you have to unlock it with a simple little trick. The dark mode was likely added in one of the app’s recent updates (the app updates once every two weeks). Check that you’re running the latest version of the app and read on to learn how you can enable Facebook Messenger dark mode on both iOS and Android.

Facebook Messenger dark mode

Open Facebook Messenger and select any chat thread to interact with. You can send yourself messages on Facebook Messenger and that will work perfectly for this trick.

In the chat thread, tap the smiley face icon inside the message input box. Go to the Emoji tab and look for the crescent moon emoji. It’s in the animal/nature category. You need to send it over the chat thread.

When you do, you’ll see an animation featuring the crescent emoji raining down from the top of your screen, except it looks a little scary and it isn’t the same as the emoji that you sent.

When the animation is over, you will see a ‘Try it in Settings’ button accompanied by a ‘You Found Dark Mode’ banner at the top. Tap it, and you’ll switch over to the app’s settings where you can turn dark mode on.

If you don’t see the animation when you send the crescent moon emoji, exit the app on your phone and then open it again. Send the crescent emoji again and it should work this time.

Disable Facebook Messenger dark mode

To disable the dark mode, tap your profile picture thumbnail at the top left to go to the app’s settings. You will see the same dark mode switch as before. Turn it off and you’ll go back to the light mode.

The dark mode is available for all users and maybe, Facebook Messenger will eventually make it more obvious how you can enable it.

The Facebook Messenger dark mode isn’t bad. It’s not devoid of all color. The white interface is replaced with a dark black but the color that you’ve selected for the chat doesn’t change. The text isn’t a sharp white. It’s a lesser white and some text and buttons are a light grey.

There is still a problem where, when you launch the app after quitting it, you will definitely see the white interface. It’s the same with the YouTube app. Even if you have the dark theme enabled, the splash screen features the YouTube logo on a white background and it’s blinding.

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How to change teams in Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go trainers can choose one of three teams to join. They can join a team once they’re level 5 and up until two days ago, the selection was permanent. The team you picked had to be a decision you made carefully because it was practically set in stone. There have been some users who were able to request Niantic for a team change but they’re definitely in the minority. That’s all changed now. You can change teams in Pokémon Go if you’re willing to spend $10.

Change teams in Pokémon Go

Niantic has finally allowed trainers to change teams in Pokémon Go but it’s still not letting them make the decision lightly. For one, it costs money to make the change. Specifically, users have to purchase a special medallion that is now available in the shop to make the change and it comes with conditions.

Open Pokémon Go and tap the Pokéball at the bottom centre. On the next screen, tap Shop.

Scroll through the list of available items and look for the Team Medallion. Buy it, and use it to change your team. It costs 1000 Pokécoins so if you happen to have those to spare, changing teams should be easy. To say this is one the pricer things you can buy in the app is an understatement.

As mentioned earlier, this medallion comes with limitations. You can only use it once a year. That means team changes are limited to once per 365 days. If you later need to change your team again, you will need to purchase another Team Medallion.

After changing teams, there will be other side-effects. For one, you will be removed from the gym you’ve joined as gyms are under the ownership of specific teams. If you no longer belong to the team that owns a gym, you will be naturally be kicked out of it with no way to rejoin. Any Pokémon you had in the gym will of course be returned to you and you will not lose any medals etc., that you’ve earned as a member of the other team.

While Niantic has relented and made it easier for users to change teams in Pokémon Go, it still isn’t allowing users to make the decision on a whim. It will cost you money to make the change, and the change will stick for one year. If you play the game a lot, it might just be easier to start over with a new account and join the team you want.

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How to use Snapshot Go in Pokèmon Go

AR hasn’t really been as popular as it was first thought to be but one game that uses it well is Pokèmon Go. It’s AR feature is a core part of the game even if you turn the camera view off. The game has added a new feature called Snapshot Go that lets you take photos of the various Pokèmon you’ve captured. Here’s how it works.

Snapshot Go

This is a new feature added via an update. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Before you can use it, make sure that you’re running the latest version of the app.

Open Pokèmon Go and tap the Pokèball at the bottom center of the screen. On the menu screen, tap Pokèmon to go to your library.

Scroll through the list and pick out the Pokèmon you want to photograph and tap the newly added camera button. You’ll switch over to the camera view. Your selected Pokèmon will be added to the live camera view and you can tap the capture button at the bottom to take a photo.

You can take multiple photos of the same Pokèmon and then save them all in one go. You can preview a picture by tapping the thumbnail that appears in the bottom right corner.  Once you’re done taking the photos, tap the back button at the top left (it looks like a phone with an arrow).

Scroll thorough the photos you’ve taken. Select the ones you want to keep, and then tap the share button at the bottom right. If you want to save the photo to your camera roll, you’ll have to tap the Save to Files button on the action sheet. For some reason, the save photo or save to camera roll action is absent.

Snapshot Go is a nice feature but it’s still lacking in some areas. For one, you cannot change the angle that you can take photos of the Pokèmon. If you tap them, they will ‘roar’ and you can take a ‘mid-action’ photo if you want. There’s also no repositioning the Pokèmon or zooming in/out.

This was a feature that users had been demanding since the game was first released and it’s taken a considerable amount of time to add it (we’re talking over a year). It seems to be basic at best. There’s no telling when any improvements will come. The game encourages players to share their photos online so it has a social aspect to it. It may be reason enough to improve the feature in one of the upcoming releases.

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How to enable AR mode in Pokèmon Go

Pokèmon Go has an AR mode for playing. You can disable it, and most people do so because when you play with the AR mode enabled, the app consumes much more battery. The AR mode basically means your camera is always On so the battery on your device will run out quickly. Besides that, a lot of players find it’s easier to play with AR mode turned off. The only thing is, if you turn AR off, finding the switch to turn it back on isn’t easy. Here’s how you can enable AR mode in Pokèmon Go.

AR mode in Pokèmon Go

If you’ve turned AR mode in Pokèmon Go off, the only way to turn it back on is to go out and find a Pokèmon to capture. There really isn’t any other way to enable it. So, go out and head to a nearby nest or Pokèstop.

When a Pokèmon appears, engage it. You don’t need to capture the Pokèmon. When you’re in capture mode, you will see an AR switch at the top right. Turn it on and you will have AR mode turned back on. The next time you engage a Pokèmon, it will be in AR mode. If you want to turn it off, you will have to tap the AR switch again and move it to the Off position.

AR mode really only matters, at present, when you’re catching Pokèmon which is why the switch can only be accessed when you’re in capture mode. There’s an upcoming feature in Pokèmon Go called Go Snapshot that lets you take photos of the Pokèmon you’ve caught. This will work in AR so you will want to turn the AR mode on for it, when it is finally released.

The feature isn’t live yet but it is possible that when it finally rolls out, the game will have a method to enable it without having to go Pokèmon sighting.

When you have AR mode in Pokèmon Go turned on, and you’re walking around looking for Pokèmon, you will still only see the normal map. The map itself will not switch over to actual terrain that you’re walking on. The AR mode will not change any other aspect of the app or the game. It’s only for when you’re actually trying to catch Pokèmon. Even the raids and gym battles are unaffected by it. If I’m being perfectly honest, the AR mode only looks good when you’re out playing during the day. If it’s dark out, and your device doesn’t have a very good camera, the AR mode is just going show you the Pokèmon on a poorly lit background since it doesn’t have a night mode for the camera.

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