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Keep track of your eBook collection with a single app

If you use your phone for reading, chances are you'll have a number of books and publications scattered around your device. If you're a keen hoarder of content, you might soon lose track of the titles you have and where they are saved to. The Kobo app aims to help this problem by being a simple, but effective, way to collect your various eBooks in one organised place.

The Kobo app

The Kobo app

To help make it even easier to get all your books in one place, the app uses an import feature that scans your phone for all compatible and available content, from which you can select which ones to import.

For any content that the autoimport feature doesn't pick up, you can manually select files by accessing your phone's internal storage.

In this tutorial we'll guide you through the basics of using the Kobo app, as well as showing you how using the import feature will help keep your eBook collection in good shape.

1.    Get the app

The Kobo app is a free download from the Google Play store. Once downloaded and installed, open the application up. The first time you use the app, you’ll be required to create a Kobo account. After doing this, the app will automatically take you to the home screen.

The Kobo app is a free download from the Google Play store

The Kobo app is a free download from the Google Play store

2.    Select Import Content

Your library will be empty to start with, so to start importing, press on the options button in the top-right of the app. From the drop-down menu that appears, select the Import Content option. Then select the Start option to enable the app to scan for available content.

3.    What will you find?

Depending on the amount of files on your Android device, or the size of your smartphone’s internal storage, the importing process can take a while to complete. If you want to abort the search you can press the Stop Search button at the bottom of the screen.

4.    View available content

Once your phone has finished scanning, all the content the search found will appear on your screen. Although you have imported the content, you’ll then need to download them to the app. By pressing on a book cover the book will begin to add itself to the Kobo app.

5.    Did it import correctly?

From time-to-time you might find that certain pages of an eBook won’t import properly, so make sure to open up every eBook after importing to ensure all the pages are okay. If there’s a problem with one of the pages restart the import process again.

6.    Manually import eBooks

If you have loose eBooks on your device that weren’t picked up by the app, locate the eBook manually on your device by going through your phone’s internal storage. You can then move It directly In to the Kobo app folder where you should be able to Import it from.

Send info from Google Chrome to your phone

Send links, text and maps from a browser to a phone using Google Chrome to Phone

 
Google Chrome to your phone app

Google Chrome to your phone app

The web is undoubtedly one of the best sources of information and entertainment currently available. Google Chrome to Phone is a Google Chrome browser extension that helps to bring that information to an Android phone.

The extension creates a link between the browser and phone via a Google account. Users without a Google account will need to set one up before the extension can be used. Alongside the extension, an Android app needs to be installed on a device. This will need to have the same Google account details as used when signing into the browser extension. Users get to select an account if there is more than one when setting up the app.

Sign in via the browser and it's time to start sending info and links to a phone. Send a YouTube page and instantly watch, send a phone number and call or send a Google Map and view. All links and information are safely stored in the app's History feature ready to be used again and again.

1.    Get Chrome

The Google Chrome to Phone app needs the Chrome browser extension to be installed. Head to the Chrome web store (https://chrome. google.com/webstore) and do a search for the extension. From the search results click the Add to Chrome button to install the extension.

2.    Sign in

The installed extension will add an icon next to the browser’s address bar. To start using the extension, users will need to sign in with a Google account. Click the icon, select Sign in and do so with your individual login credentials. Now grant access to the application.

3.    Install app

Head to the Google Play store on the Android device you wish to use with the browser extension. Search for Google Chrome to Phone and tap lnstall>Accept & download and open the app. Now follow the onscreen instructions to set up the application.

Search for Google Chrome to Phone and tap lnstall>Accept & download and open the app

Search for Google Chrome to Phone and tap lnstall>Accept & download and open the app

4.    Link options

The last step in setting up the Chrome to Phone app is the link action preference. By default, this is set to automatically launch links. The alternative is to launch links manually. This adds an alert notification in the Notifications panel. Users will need to drag down and select the link.

The last step in setting up the Chrome to Phone app is the link action preference. By default, this is set to automatically launch links.

The last step in setting up the Chrome to Phone app is the link action preference. By default, this is set to automatically launch links.

5.    Change link preference

The link action preference can be changed from automatic to manual, or vice versa, at any point you like. Open the application, tap and hold the Menu button and select Settings. Simply select the appropriate links option and head back to the app’s home screen.

6.    YouTube

With the links preference set to the default option, sending a YouTube link will automatically launch the video. A pop-up window will appear requesting which app to view with. Select YouTube If it’s Installed on your device. Tick the Use by default option to action all the time.

7.    Text snippet

Select text from the desired website and hit the icon to send. This will cause the Complete action using window to open; select a browser to continue. This will open the webpage, but the text is saved on the clipboard. Open a text document, tap and hold and select Paste to add text.

8.    Google Maps

Head to Google Maps on your desktop machine and send a link. This could either be an area or directions. A Complete action using window will ask the receiver to choose an application to open the link. Select Maps to open the area or direction chosen originally.

9.    Phone number

Websites typically contain contact information such as phone numbers. To send a number on a site simply select the number and click the Chrome to Phone Icon. The number will appear, ready to call. Tap the Save to People button and create a new contact If necessary.

10.  History

Opening the Google Chrome to Phone application presents a straightforward History screen. This is divided into four different categories: Today, Last 7 days, Last Month and Older. To view the content in each section simply tap to open and tap again to close.

Opening the Google Chrome to Phone application presents a straightforward History screen.

Opening the Google Chrome to Phone application presents a straightforward History screen.

11.  Open a link

Each link in the History has a number of options than can be called into action. To view the options for a link, tap it. To launch a link, hit Open. This will present a selection of pre-installed apps to choose from eg Chrome, Internet, YouTube -depending on link type and apps installed.

12.  Working with links

Alongside the option to Open a link there is Add Bookmark, which adds a bookmark to the default option. Tap Share Link to choose an option to share with, eg Dropbox, Google Drive or Bluetooth. To delete a link from the list simply select Remove from history.

13.  Disconnect phone

After a phone has been set up it automatically receives stuff from the connected browser. To stop receiving links from the browser extension, the phone needs to be disconnected. Tap and hold Menu and select Settings. Now tap the Disconnect Phone button.

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