Google provides the ability to store unlimited amounts of photos and videos at a reduced quality on Google Drive or Google One to its Pixel phone users for years but has discontinued its service since last year.
The company is bringing back the ability to store unlimited pictures and videos. And instead of only Pixel users, it’s also expanding this capability to the non-Pixel devices. But it’s limited to T-Mobile customers in the United States.
Eligible T-Mobile users will get the option to store unlimited, full-quality photos and videos on Google Photos from April 26. This will be through an exclusive Google One plan that costs $15 per month, which also includes the 2TB of storage (via 9to5Google).
It should be noted that this plan only applies to the main account holder, which means if you have a family plan, only one of you is getting unlimited storage. However, 2 TB of storage can be shared with up to 5 people.
Additionally, this offer comes with all the usual benefits of Google One, such as the ability to back up your phone to the cloud, access to extended trials for YouTube Premium, Stadia, etc as well as a VPN service for Android and iOS. These benefits can also be shared with up to 5 people.
T-Mobile is also offering a free one-month trial of the new deal to its users. Interested locked T-Mobile customers in the US can check out more details about the new plan through the official T-Mobile website.
How to disable Google Play auto-update apps
A good Google Play Store feature is automatic app updates, which guarantees that your smartphone is always running the best and most recent versions of your apps. However, if you have a limited mobile data plan, it can cost you money. Before updating, you might sometimes wish to know what will be changed in your favorite apps.
How to Disable Automatic Updates
In a few easy steps, you can turn off Google Play Store automatic updates. While you’re about it, you may limit automatic updates to Wi-Fi connections to conserve mobile data.
- Select your profile image in the top right corner of the Play Store.
- Select Network settings from the Settings menu, then select Auto-update apps.
- Tap DONE after selecting Don’t auto-update apps.
- If you prefer Wi-Fi-only automatic updates, you might also choose this option.
How to Disable Auto-Updates for Specific Apps
Follow the previous instructions, choose the Over any network option, and then take the following actions if you wish to disable automatic updates for only a few apps while leaving them enabled for the rest:
- Reopen the Play Store, then tap the top-right corner of your profile image.
- Navigate to Manage applications and devices.
- For a list of all your installed apps, select the Manage tab.
- Go to the app’s settings and turn off automatic updates.
- On the explanation screen of the app, tap the three dots button in the upper right corner.
- Remove your checkmark from the Enable auto-update box.
- Repeat these actions on each program you want to prevent automatic updates on by going back and doing so.
Google Play Store 31.5.17 update rolling out
Google Play Store started receiving a new update following the start of the new month. The latest version of the Google Play Store update is 31.5.17, which will be gradually available to consumers using Android OS-based smartphones.
Usually, the US tech giant offers timely functional improvements to the world’s biggest app market. Like always, release notes are not available for the Google Play Store 31.5.17 build, however, an updated version had already released to select consumers later last month.
Obviously, the Google Play Store might be your native platform to get new third-party apps for your smartphone. So don’t take any more time and jump to the Play Store’s settings to check for the new version update to take the most out of it.
As part of its 10th anniversary, Google Play received a re-imagined logo, that was applied with the earlier application update. And recently, it is reported that the new logo is now showing in notifications as well, bringing a new feel to bored Android consumers.
Note: Google will deliver the new update to you shortly, however, it’s already uploaded on APKMirror.
It’s expected that the Google Play Store will become more convenient with the arrival of the major Android 13 operating system. Meanwhile, the company is reportedly delaying the release of the Android 13 official version to next month, September 2022 patch notes revealed.
One UI 5 Beta
Samsung has recently announced the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta testing program for the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users in South Korea. The activity is not available to every consumer, however, we are guessing it broader availability very soon.
How to turn off Google Assistant on Android phone
The built-in digital assistant that comes equipped with every Android phone is called Google Assistant. Some people use it frequently, but others don’t. Today, we’ll show you how to disable Google Assistant on an Android device. For further privacy, we’ll also go over how to remove your saved Voice Match profile. Let’s get going.
Why disable Google Assistant
Although it is a valuable feature, not everyone finds Google Assistant useful. There is a number of causes in which one reason to switch off Google Assistant if you prefer to complete tasks manually is that it will drain your phone’s battery and use up all of its processing power.
For those who are uncomfortable with the idea that Google is constantly listening to them, there is also the issue of privacy. It’s better to switch off the Assistant if you fall into this category for your own peace of mind. As a result, this will also stop your phone from tracking you.
How to Turn Off Google Assistant on Android
Let’s first look at how to remove your Google Assistant saved voice match profile before turning it off completely. Follow the below steps:
- Tap on your profile image after starting the Google app.
- Select Hey Google & Voice Match under Settings > Google Assistant.
- Then click OK. Tap Voice model then Delete voice model.
- Return to the Assistant settings page, select General, and turn Google Assistant off.
When you need Google Assistant again, simply press and hold the home button for a long time or swipe diagonally from the bottom corner of your screen. Then, before you can use it, you’ll be asked to re-enable it.