How To Get A QR Code For Your LinkedIn Profile

QR codes were fairly popular at one time for sharing information quickly. They haven’t exactly gone out of style but you don’t find popular apps supporting them. Instead, apps like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat have their own branded codes. Essentially, these branded codes are fancy QR codes that make it easier to add people. LinkedIn has added a new feature that lets you share a QR code for your LinkedIn profile, and scan a QR code for someone else’s profile.

QR Code For Your LinkedIn Profile

This feature was added as an app update. Make sure you’re running the latest version of the LinkedIn app.

Open the LinkedIn app and tap the search bar. You will see a ‘Scan code to connect’ option. Tap it.

This will take you directly to the code scanner. You might have to grant the app access to your camera first. Once you’re on the code scanner screen, you can point your phone at a QR code for a LinkedIn profile. If you have it saved to your camera roll, tap the ‘Scan from photos’ option.

To get a QR code for your LinkedIn profile, switch to the My Code tab. Here, you can share your QR code, or save it as photo to your camera roll.

While LinkedIn may have introduced QR codes for profiles so that it’s easier to add people, particularly at networking events, it goes without saying that these codes will replace the link to LinkedIn profiles people normally add to their CVs.

In the past, people have turned to QR code generators to create similar QR codes for pointing potential employers to their profiles. These codes are used on websites, visiting cards, CVs, and any other promotional material. LinkedIn is basically just catching up to how users share their profiles.

Since codes are so much easier to scan on phones, and you have to jump through hoops to scan a QR code on your desktop, this feature is only available on the LinkedIn smartphone apps. You can neither see your own QR code, nor scan one from the web interface. The scanning part makes sense but users ought to be able to save a QR code to their own LinkedIn profile from the web. Imagine working on your CV on your desktop and having to import the QR code from your phone. It’s not that big a deal to copy an image from the camera roll but it is annoying having to connect a device just to do it.

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How To Unlock OEM Unlock On Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Note 8

Unlocking the bootloader on Android phones has become easy ever since Android 5.0. The Settings app has an option under Developer settings that let you unlock it with just a tap. This hold true for almost all Android phones. The Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Not 8 models are no different but there’s a bit of catch; you have to wait 7 days after registering your device to be able to unlock the bootloader. Assuming you bought either one of these devices and you do not want to wait a week to unlock the boatloader, there’s a little trick reported by XDA Developers that can unlock OEM Unlock on Samsung S8/S9/ Note 8 right away.

OEM Unlock On Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Note 8

In order to unlock OEM Unlock on Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Note 8 without having to wait an entire week, you need to change how time is set on the device, and how updates are received. Make sure you’ve already configured a Samsung and Google account on your device.

Open the Settings app and go to General Management. Here, look for Date and Time, and tap it. Disable Automatic date and time, and tap the Set Date option that becomes visible when you do.

Here, set the date to a day in the previous month. Make sure the date is at least over a week old.

Return to the main Settings app screen. You now need to enable Developer options. Tap About Phone, and find the build number for your device. Tap it seven times to enable developer options. Again, return to the main Settings app screen, and this time, tap Developer Options.

On the Developer Options screen, turn off the ‘Auto update system option’.

Again, return to the main Settings app screen and find and tap on Software Update. Disable Download updates automatically, and tap on Download Updates Manually. It may give you an error but that’s to be expected since the date is incorrect. Don’t worry about it and restart your phone.

Once you restart your phone, open the Settings app and go to Developer options. The OEM Unlock button should now be active.

This might seem like an annoying restriction but it’s possible that Samsung added it as a security measure. If your new phone is locked, and stolen, an unlocked bootloader makes it easier to get inside your phone and wipe it clean. It might also be there to prevent users from making any drastic changes to their device the second they get it.

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How To Turn Off Messaging For Group Members On Whatsapp

A Whatsapp group is always created to make communication with lots of people easier. Instead of individually messaging people, you can send the information to a group, and everyone gets it. Unfortunately, these groups spiral out of control. With so many members, the groups end up suffering from message overload. This happens with just about any messaging app and the groups created on it. Whatsapp has introduced a new feature to fight message overload. Group admins can turn off messaging for group members. This allows everyone in the group to read the messages that are sent, but only allows the admin to send them.

Messaging For Group Members

This new feature was added via an app update. Before you can enable it, you need to update the app to the latest version. There is an update available for both iOS and Android.

Once updated, open Whatsapp and select the group that you are the admin of. Tap the name of the group at the very top of the chat thread to go to its details screen. Scroll down and tap Group Settings.

On the Group Settings screen, tap ‘Send Messages’.

This will open a menu with two options; All Participants, and Only Admins. Tap the Only Admins option, and from that point forward, only group administrators will be able to send messages to the group. The entire group will be notified about this change.

This should dramatically decrease the amount of spam and off-topic messages that are sent to the group. It does turn the conversation into a one-sided one however, group administrators can change it whenever they want. If something that requires everyone’s participation is under discussion, the setting can be changed to allow everyone to message the group once again, and changed back.

Restricting messaging rights may seem like something that would make groups far less useful but they will ensure that members of a group never get the wrong information, and that they don’t have to scroll through lots of irrelevant messages to find the right one.

It’s hard to think of a messaging app that doesn’t have group messaging but not many of them give group admins much control over group activity. Messaging apps focus more on the messaging part and less on making sure they’re a useful platform for broadcasting information. Whatsapp does things very differently and it regularly introduces new features that help manage chat groups. For anyone that has to manage a particularly large group, Whatsapp is a better platform than most messaging apps.

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How To Make A Video Call On Instagram

Instagram is rolling out video calls to all its users. The new call feature is integrated with your inbox where you also receive replies to your story. The feature appears to have been added in one of the recent updates to the app and has now gone live for most, if not all users. Here’s how you can make a video call on Instagram.

Video Call On Instagram

Open Instagram and tap the paper plane button at the top right that takes you to your inbox. Tap the friend you want to call or tap the plus button at the top right, and select a contact.

At the top of the chat thread, you will see a new camera icon. Tap it to start the call. Your recipient must also have this feature enabled and that might include having the latest version of the Instagram app. Though you initiate a call as a video call, you do have the option to make it a simple voice call by turning off your camera and leaving the mic on. You can also switch between the front and back end camera. By default, Instagram uses the front camera.

The video call can be minimized to a little floating window by tapping the square button at the top left of the call interface. You can then continue to browse the app while still in the middle of the call. Any time you want to return to the full screen call interface, just tap the floating window and it will maximize.

So far, you can only call one person at a time but we going to go out on a limb and predict that this feature will expand to allow group calls. Group video calls are quickly becoming a thing; Snapchat has them, and iOS 12 will allow you to FaceTime multiple people at once.

Video calls aren’t a new feature for social media apps or messaging apps. There are plenty of apps that offer it but they’re mostly productivity based. Given how terrible Skype has become over the past few years though, it’s a market that could do with a new, better alternative. A lot of people favor Discord, some use Slack but there isn’t anything quite like what Skype was back when it was good. You never really know what feature an app will develop well enough for it to replace an app like Skype. Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp already seem to be a preferred mode of messaging for anyone that doesn’t have iMessages. Instagram has as good a chance as any other app to replace Skype.

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3 Ways To Find The App Version For An Installed App On Android

On Android, users aren’t restricted to downloading apps from the Google Play Store. They can easily sideload apps as and when needed. This allows users to install apps that aren’t available in the store, or that are ported versions of other apps. A lot of other similar modifications are possible on Android and in some cases, you need to have a certain app version for a modification to work. Here are three ways to find the app version for an installed app on Android.

Google Play Store

This works if the app in question is up to date, and you only need to find the app version. If you’re on an older version of an app, and an update for it is available in the Google Play Store, this method is not for you.

Open the Play Store app, and go to the app page in question. Each app has a brief description of what it does. Tap the ‘Read More’ option, and then scroll to the very bottom of the page to get the current app version.

App About Screen

A lot of apps include an About screen within the app itself that can tell you what version you’re running. Normally, you can access this screen by going to the app’s Settings. If the app doesn’t have a dedicated Settings screen, look for a button with an i on it. This most likely represents additional information about the app and may include the version number.

Settings App

If all else fails, there is always the Settings app. Open the Settings app and tap Apps & Notifications. You need to go to the list of installed apps on your device. This list is found in the Settings app however, it might be under a different section depending on your version of Android.

On the Apps list screen, tap the app you want to check the version number for. Scroll to the bottom of the app’s information screen and you will definitely find information regarding the app’s version. This works best for apps that have been sideloaded, and for older versions of apps that you’re still running.

We should mention that app versions are ultimately provided by the developer of the app. This holds true regardless of where the app came from i.e., the Google Play Store or somewhere else. Android simply reports the version given to the file you installed and in some rare cases, developers might not bother updating the app version. They may simply release a new APK file and not bother to update the version. This is a bad practice so it’s rare that you encounter it but it can happen with apps that you sideload.

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