How To Enable And Disable Netflix Smart Downloads

You can download select movies and TV shows on Netflix. This is a feature that was added a while back to both the smartphone apps, and the lone Windows 10 desktop app for Netflix. Not everything can be downloaded of course but that doesn’t mean the feature isn’t useful. It’s meant for users who want to Netflix on the go but don’t want to use their limited data plan to do it, or for when there is no WiFi. This feature has now been complimented with Netflix smart downloads.

Netflix smart downloads basically manages how much space the Netflix app, and its downloaded content, takes on your device. Once you’ve watched a downloaded episode of something, it will automatically delete it from your device. It will also download the next episode so that you still have something to watch.

This feature is only available on Android at the moment.

Netflix Smart Downloads

Make sure you’re running the latest version of the Netflix app. Open the app and tap the More tab at the bottom right.  On the More tab, tap App Settings. On the App Settings screen, you will see a ‘Smart Downloads’ switch. Turn it on if you want to enable Netflix smart downloads, and turn it off if you want to disable them.

The benefit of the feature is that you will never have watched content taking up space on your device and you won’t have to download the next episode of a series yourself. If it’s available for offline download, the app will download it for you.

The downside is the content will be deleted once it’s been watched. If you ever want to rewatch something on the go, it won’t be there. This is a fairly small trade-off but it’s a downside nonetheless and probably the reason why there’s an option to disable the feature.

We should mention that if you use a VPN for Netflix to access geographically restricted, and download it as well, your VPN must be running for Netflix smart downloads to download the next episode of a series that is restricted by country. Other than that, there’s nothing stopping the feature from working as it should. So long as Netflix can access the content, it will be able to download it.

The videos will be downloaded over WiFi only, and in the quality that you’ve selected under the app’s settings. If you’re on a plan that only gives you SD quality, you will not be able to download content in HD.

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How To Connect To A WiFi Network Using WPS On Android

Connecting to a WiFi network usually involves selecting the network from a list of available networks, and entering the password for it. This is how it works on phones, tablets, and desktops. There are devices that do not fall under these categories but need to connect to a WiFi network nonetheless. For those devices, there’s something called WPS i.e. WiFi Protected Setup. WPS is mainly for devices that cannot enter a password but you can also use WPS on Android to connect to a WiFi network.

WPS On Android

At the time of writing, the current version of Android is Android 7 which has support for WPS. There are rumors that it may be removed in the next version of Android i.e., Android 8.

Open the Settings app and tap Network and Internet. On the Network and Internet screen, tap WiFi. On the WiFi screen, you will see a Wi-Fi preferences option. Tap it. The Wi-Fi preferences screen has two WPS options; WPS Push button, and WPS Pin entry.

If your router has a WPS button, you will need to tap the WPS Push button option. Tap the WPS button on your router, and then tap this option on your Android phone to connect to the network.

If you router doesn’t have a WPS button, and the feature is enabled via a PIN, you need to tap the WPS Pin Entry option.

Normally, you have to tap the WPS button on your router first however, once you tap the WPS option on your Android phone, it gives you a small window of time to tap the button on your router in order to establish the connection.

When you tap the WPS Pin Entry option, Android will give you an eight digit PIN. This PIN needs to be added to your router’s control/admin panel. This means you will need access to a device, preferably a desktop, that’s already connected to the WiFi network so that you can enter the PIN. Like the WPS button option, you have a small amount of time in which you must enter the PIN in your router’s admin panel.

It goes without saying that if you have to use a PIN to connect to a WiFi network, then it’s better to just use the network SSID and password method to connect. The WPS button is faster and more convenient but the PIN method definitely isn’t.

We should mention that WPS isn’t considered safe so if you don’t use it to connect devices, it is best to disable it on your router.

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How To Use YouTube Incognito Mode On Android

Incognito mode is something you find in browsers. It’s used when you want to keep your browsing private. It helps when you don’t want your search results to be impacted by whatever it is you’re searching for. All browsers, even mobile ones, have an incognito mode but on mobile, most apps that you use have an in-app browsers and you don’t normally have the option to switch over to incognito mode inside these in-app browsers. YouTube doesn’t come with an in-appbrowser but it now has an Incognito mode of its own. The YouTube incognito mode lets you use the app as though you were signed out of it.

YouTube Incognito Mode

YouTube incognito mode is, at present, an Android only feature. You need to update the app in order to use the feature.

Open YouTube and tap your profile thumbnail at the top right. This will take you to the Account screen. Here, you will see a ‘Turn on Incognito’ option. Tap it.

You will see an on-screen alert tell you that you’ve gone incognito. You can now browse YouTube and the videos you watch and the channels you browse will not have an impact on your watch history. Your subscription tab, your library, and your inbox tab will all be empty.

Going incognito will reset your regional settings too and the Trending tab will show you whatever is trending in your part of the world. You can change this setting as it isn’t strictly tied to a user account.

If you exit the app, and open it again, it will automatically exit incognito mode. If you want to manually exit YouTube incognito mode, click the incognito thumbnail at the top right, and from the menu that opens, select the ‘Turn off incognito’ option.

The point of incognito mode is to be able to watch videos without them having an impact on the suggested content you see on YouTube. Signing out of YouTube doesn’t give you access to age or region restricted videos so there’s little benefit to be had there. It’s easier to use than signing out and then signing back in again.

YouTube’s content suggestion isn’t the best. The second you watch a video that is unrelated to the content you normally watch your timeline will be littered with similar suggestions as though you’ve seen hours worth of that type of content. This isn’t particular to a special type of content category; if you watch a few kids’ videos on YouTube, your timeline will soon be a mess of cartoons, puppets, and dancing triangles.

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How To Change Your Whatsapp Phone Number

Your Whatsapp account is associated with a phone number. You can take your SIM out from one phone, and insert it into a different one and you can be up and running in no time. You can restore your chat history from a back-up of the chat but nothing will change. That said, you can change your Whatsapp phone number pretty easily if you ever need to. There’s a built-in option that lets you do it in a few taps.

Whatsapp Phone Number

Open Whatsapp and go to the Settings tab. Tap Account, and on the Account screen, tap Change Number. Tap Next on the Change Number screen.

Enter your current phone number i.e., the one currently associated with your Whatsapp account in the ‘Old phone number’ field. Next, enter the new number that you want to switch to in the ‘New phone number’ field. Tap Next, and then confirm that you want to make the change.

When you change your number, you have the option to notify your contacts about the change in number. Your groups get an alert no matter what. If you want, you can choose which of your contacts are informed about your new phone number.

Your account will be switched from the current phone number to the new one. You will need to verify that you have the new phone number, and once you do, your old SIM and phone number will no longer work with Whatsapp.

If you change your phone at the same time that you change your phone number, your chats won’t automatically sync to the new phone just because you transferred the number. You Whatsapp account information will move from the old phone number to the new one but that doesn’t include your chat history.

Your contacts will get an alert much like the one they get when there’s a change in your encryption key. Your contact information will update for your friends; they will not suddenly start receiving your messages from an unknown/new number.

If you don’t see the option to tell your contacts about the change in phone number, it’s because this is a new feature. To get it, you have to be on the latest version of the app. The feature is available for both Android and iOS users and there’s obviously an app update for both platforms.

Your contacts don’t need to be running the latest version of the app to be notified about the change of phone number.

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How To Download IGTV Videos?

Instagram has a new feature that lets users create their own channels, and share videos with their followers. It’s called Instagram TV i.e. IGTV and it’s supposed to be TV made for the phone with a special focus on vertical videos. Anyone can create a channel, and whatever is broadcast is available for the masses to view from inside the Instagram app. If you like a particular video, you can download IGTV videos. There’s no built-in tool in the Instagram app to download IGTV videos. Instead, you have to utilize a third-party tool.

We should warn you that while you may want to save an IGTV video offline to view later, you should not download it with the intent to redistribute it as your own.

Download IGTV Videos

In order to download IGTV videos, you first need a link to the video you want to download. You can get this link from the Instagram app. Open IGTV, and select which channel you want to watch. Pick the video you want to download, and play it. On the video, there’s a three dot button. Tap it, and from the menu, select Copy Link.

The link will be copied to your clipboard and it’s up to you to make it accessible on your desktop.

Visit a web app called IGTV Downloader and paste the link you just copied in the search bar, and tap Search. Click the Download Now button, and the video will download as an MP4 file which can be played on practically any device. 

If you’re on Android, this web app has an Android app that allows you to download IGTV videos on your phone without having to go to your desktop. The process is the same; copy a link to the video and paste it in the app. With Android, you can download videos to your camera roll.

There are apps that let you download Instagram videos and photos posted by accounts. They’ve been around for a long time, almost since the first year the app was released. It’s no surprise that an app for downloading IGTV videos has been developed so quickly. There will likely be more like it and perhaps some will make it easier to get the link to the video.

IGTV isn’t available on Instagram’s web version which is still very bare compared to the apps. It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to access IGTV from the web so there’s no easier way to get a link to an IGTV video.

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