Monday, September 18, 2017

4 NBA 2K18 Tips to Level Up Faster & Earn Virtual Currency

If you want to have the best custom player in NBA 2K18, knowing how to level up as quickly as possible and stash away Virtual Currency is essential. That’s why you need these NBA 2K18 tips to level up faster and earn Virtual Currency in unexpected ways.

Leveling up your MyPlayer is the only way to make him the best that he can be. The game’s new Road to 99 features awards bonuses for your MyPlayer’s skill level. Every time he makes a major jump in the game’s rating, you unlock special rewards and traits that can improve his passing and ball handling. Heading to the title’s in-game gym gives you an opportunity to improve your character’s raw talent between games also.

As for Virtual Currency, a steady flow of Virtual Currency is crucial to getting a solid footing in the game because NBA 2K18 relies on VC more than any previous title in the series. Changing your hairstyle and color requires Virtual Currency, and Virtual Currency is the only way to skip some of the game’s most boring content.

Here are 4 NBA 2K18 tips to level up faster and earn Virtual Currency. Use these tricks to give yourself a good head start in 2K Games’ latest basketball simulation.

Read: 6 NBA 2K18 Problems: Issues & Fixes

Practice Free Throws

MyCareer, Pro-Am and The Playground may look different in NBA 2K18, but their fundamental premise is the same. In these modes, your MyPlayer is you. You won’t get better unless you practice and work hard.

Keep an eye on your in-game phone for invites to workout sessions on your MyPlayer’s off days. When you’re not practicing with your team, take some time to train your MyPlayer in The Neighborhood’s gym. Practice jumps and make sure that you’re taking the time to perfect your character’s free throws. If you keep up a steady practice and fitness routine, you will notice your character’s performance improve.

Download My NBA2K to Earn Virtual Currency

The more Virtual Currency you have, the better position you’re in to buy the most expensive character upgrades and cosmetic items when they finally become available to you.

If you’re really dedicated to earning as much VC as you possibly can, download the My NBA2K app for iPhone and Android. Open the app every day for Virtual Currency bonuses that you don’t have to do much for. You can earn up to 500 VC every day that you use the My NBA2K app. That’s 3,500 VC every week.

Sign Endorsement Deals

As you’re playing MyCareer, be smart and take the endorsement deals that come your way. Endorsement deals are another steady way to earn Virtual Currency for you to reinvest in your player.

Earn Virtual Currency in MyLeague

After you’ve explored the game’s different modes, don’t hesitate to try MyLeague. This mode has always provided a very easy way to stack smaller amounts of Virtual Currency.

MyLeague is a simulation of the entire National Basketball Association. Instead of having you play every game, NBA 2K18 lets you simulate games in the mode for a better experience. Then, the game mode awards you with Virtual Currency for successfully managing everything.

Read: NBA 2K18 MyLeague & MyGM: What’s New

Because you must wait for the game simulations to finish, it’s not a perfect way to earn as much VC as you can. Still, when combined with all the other ways to earn VC, playing MyLeague can really help boost your VC stash over time.

Track Your Player’s Progress in The Road to 99

New for NBA 2K18, the Road to 99 finally gives players a solid way to compare the MyPlayers that they create. It’s also a great way to improve your character’s performance at The Playground, in league games and during Pro-Am tournaments.

Read: NBA 2K18 MyCareer: What’s New

As your overall Road to 99 score improves, the game unlocks new skills and upgrades. These upgrades can improve your MyPlayer’s performance. For example, reaching an 85 Overall score decreases how quickly your player can start sinking baskets with flair. A 91 Overall score allows your player to call different plays out on the court. These abilities should translate to easier wins, which means more VC and faster badge earning.

5 Best Windows 10 Laptops Under $500 in 2017

Windows laptops have always come with different designs for different prices, but in the last few years, Windows 10 laptops have gotten incredibly cheap. In fact, they’re so inexpensive that you can easily find a solid Windows 10 laptop under $500, like the HP Stream 11.

The prices of Windows 10 laptops have fallen drastically for a few reasons. For one, the hardware that goes inside laptops has gotten cheaper. 1TB hard drives aren’t as expensive as they once were and neither are HD cameras, RAM and high-definition displays. Rather than keep prices high, HP, Dell, Lenovo and other laptop makers are passing the savings on to shoppers.

The HP Stream 11.

Microsoft is driving Windows 10 laptop prices lower, too. Hoping to lure users away from the best Chromebooks, the company, reportedly, discounts copies of Windows 10 for low-cost PCs. This makes cheap Windows 10 laptops even less expensive to produce. Special offers and deals – like a free year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal – save buyers more cash on essential software and services.

Read: Best Surface Pro4 Alternatives in 2017

Like all things that cost less, the best Windows 10 laptops under $500 all have compromises. Mainly, they don’t have the quick boot times of other Windows 10 PCs. Also, they don’t include Windows 10 features that require newer hardware, like Windows Hello cameras or writing with digital pens. They don’t perform as well as Windows 10 laptops with the latest Intel Core processors either.

Still, if all you do is browse the internet, check your email and watch videos, the best Windows 10 laptops under $500 will easily handle your everyday tasks. Here are the best Windows 10 laptops under $500.

5 Best Windows 10 Laptops Under $500 in 2017

  • Dell Inspiron 15 3000

  • HP Stream 11

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 310

  • Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA

  • Asus Transformer Book Chi T100CHI



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Android 8.0 update: when will you get it?

The Android 8.0 Oreo update brings the next major version of Android to our devices, starting with Google’s own Pixel and Nexus devices. As always we can expect it to take anywhere from a couple of months to more than half a year to appear on phones by the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Motorola.

How soon your phone will get the update depends on a variety of factors: your phone manufacturer’s update track record, how new (and expensive) your phone is, whether your phone is unlocked or carrier-branded, your region, and so on. But, given past performance, we can draw some fairly accurate predictions of when you can expect to get the Android Oreo update on your phone.

What follows is broken down into Android OEMs, based on how fast they got both Nougat and Marshmallow out, so just jump to the relevant section to see when the first Android 8.0 update should hit that company’s devices. (Note: As OEMs publicly announce Oreo support details, we’ll update this article).

Android Oreo update schedule

Google Pixel/Nexus Android Oreo update

Google began rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its current Nexus and Pixel devices on August 21, 2017. Factory images and OTA links are available on the Android Developers website and if you need any help flashing the image, follow our straightforward guide to installing Android Oreo manually.

The following devices are officially receiving Android 8.0 Oreo updates. Click on the links to get the latest factory image.

The following devices have received updates to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but will not receive updates to Android 8.0:

Android 8.0 update: when will I get it?

For all non-Google devices, you’ll have to wait until well after the official launch of Android 8.0 to see Android Oreo on your device – somewhere between three months and a year depending on your handset manufacturer and carrier.

We previously shared details of the fastest OEMs and carriers to update to Android Nougat and we also took a second, mid-rollout look at OEM update performance. Perhaps not too surprisingly, the podium finishes for the first update aren’t always backed up by update performance over time. Updating mid-range and budget devices is never a particularly appealing prospect for device manufacturers or carriers, unfortunately.

As always, we encourage you to do a little homework when planning your next Android purchase, especially if rapid updates are important to you. Some manufacturer and carrier combinations are more responsive than others, and the upcoming Google Pixel 2 will be at the top of the pile for the next two years. With that said, here are our predictions on when your device is likely to get Android 8.0 based on historical performance.

Samsung Android 8.0 update

Samsung isn’t exactly speedy when it comes to rolling out Android updates, and we sadly don’t expect that to change significantly with the Android Oreo update. In our mid-rollout assessment for Nougat, Samsung is near the bottom of the score sheet. Yes, the company has near limitless resources, but it also has the largest product portfolio by far and countless carrier agreements spanning the globe to slow it down.

Flagships come first and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be on the top of the update list alongside the Galaxy Note 8.

Looking at Nougat, Samsung got the first updates out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in China and the UK 143 days after Google released Android 7.0. The update took a grand total of 180 days to reach US shores, landing first on T-Mobile, followed by AT&T the day after and Sprint two days after that. Verizon hobbled across the finish line a couple of weeks later.

But what about the year before? For the Marshmallow update, Verizon actually got there first, delivering Android 6.0 to the Galaxy Note 5 after 156 days. Carrier performance can fluctuate year to year and device to device, but based on these two efforts, we can expect the first update to Android 8.0 for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to arrive between 5-6 months after it is released by Google – around January or February 2018.

Korean S8 owners will likely get it at least a month earlier than the US, and of course, both Samsung and its carrier partners could either speed things up this year, or slow them down even further. But a 2017 Samsung Android 8.0 update looks unlikely unless Samsung has suddenly decided that updates are, you know, important.

Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrives (January/February 2018)

LG Android 8.0 update

LG managed to launch the V20 last year with Android Nougat pre-installed – the first phone to arrive with the latest version of Android out of the box. We might see a similar thing happen this year with the upcoming LG V30, which is due to be unveiled on August 31, just a few days after the Galaxy Note 8.

LG managed to swing this last year largely thanks to its tight relationship with Google on various Nexus partnerships, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this year Samsung hasn’t tried to wrestle that special benefit from its South Korean competition’s hands. Regardless of whether LG manages a repeat of last year’s pre-installed magic trick, LG has a bit of work to do with the rest of its device updates.

With Nougat, LG got the first update out to the LG G5 on Sprint after 91 days, just two weeks after the very first update hit South Korean devices. T-Mobile followed a little over a week later, followed by Verizon immediately afterward. AT&T dropped the ball big-time, taking double the length of time it took Sprint to get Nougat out: an eye-watering 182 days (which, for comparison’s sake is the same amount of time it took for the very first Samsung device to get updated to Nougat).

For the Marshmallow update, LG was similarly speedy, taking less than two months to get it out in South Korea and just 75 days for the US, on the Sprint LG G4. Non-flagship devices have always been LG’s weak point, so being first with an update for one device isn’t exactly helpful if you don’t own the latest and greatest.

Either way, we should see the LG Android 8.0 update roll out for the LG G6 somewhere between two and a half months to three months after Google releases it. As per usual, South Korea will likely get it about two weeks earlier. That puts the first US update around October or November. As mentioned above, the V30 might well arrive with Oreo pre-installed.

Best case scenario: 2.5-3 months after Android 8.0 arrives (October/November 2017)

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Sony Android 8.0 update

Sony’s decision to cancel its Concept for Android program is disappointing, but previews aside, Sony is actually getting better at updating its devices to new versions of Android, which is especially noteworthy because there are still a lot of them.

Sony announced which devices would receive the update to Android 8.0 Oreo on August 31. Those devices include:

In addition, Sony recently announced two new devices that would run Android Oreo out of the box — the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. We’re still not sure when these devices will go on sale, though we can expect them to arrive sometime in the next couple months.

The Sony Nougat update first landed on the Xperia X Performance 99 days after Google released it, with the Xperia XZ update coming one day later. What’s perhaps more important though, is that Sony then pushed the Nougat update to even more current devices in the coming weeks, something that can’t be said of all OEMs after they get their first device over the line.

This a vast improvement over the Marshmallow update, which took five months to arrive for the Xperia Z5, Z4 Tablet and Z3+. Sony was admittedly going through a tough period at the time, so lets’ hope the company’s Nougat performance is more indicative of the new Sony approach to updates.

With this in mind, we could see the first Sony Android 8.0 update a little over three months following its official release. That puts it somewhere in the vicinity of November or December. One thing to keep in mind here is that Sony isn’t as weighed down by carrier delays as other manufacturers in the US – unfortunately because none of them seem to want to have anything to do with Sony.

Best case scenario: 3-3.5 months after Android 8.0 arrives (November/December 2017)

Motorola Android 8.0 update

Motorola has also been through a pretty tumultuous time of late, exchanging hands between Google and Lenovo, having its legendary moniker stripped and later reinstated and generally not seeming to know whether its coming or going. Some good things have managed to stay in place though, primarily the company’s ability to get out rapid updates.

Besides Motorola’s relationship with Verizon on the Droid range in the US, Moto phones typically get bought outright, meaning there’s no lengthy carrier delay for a lot of owners. But even with its carrier dependent Droid phones, Motorola still manages to get updates out quickly, a handy leftover from its time under Google’s wing and pared-back interface.

Motorola recently announced which of its devices would receive the Oreo update. Those devices include:

  • Moto Z2 Force – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon

  • Moto Z2 Play – Verizon, unlocked

  • Moto Z Force – Verizon

  • Moto Z – Verizon, unlocked

  • Moto Z Play – Verizon, unlocked

  • Moto X4

  • Moto G5S Plus – unlocked

  • Moto G5 Plus – unlocked

  • Moto G5 – unlocked

Motorola was the first OEM to get the Nougat update out in the US, delivering it to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force (including the Droid versions) after just 88 days. The international unlocked update rolled out a couple of days later, putting Moto well ahead of the competition.

The Marshmallow update was a similar story, with the Moto X Pure Edition getting it in just two months. Pure Editions are no longer a thing, but Motorola has shown it can get an Android update out within two to three months of Google. Giving the company the benefit of the doubt means the first Motorola Android 8.0 update could land in October, but we’re leaning a little more towards November.

Best case scenario: 2-3 months after Android 8.0 arrives (October/November 2017)

HTC Android 8.0 update

HTC has a pretty good comeback phone on its hands with the U11, even if its massive size and large bezels stick out a little in today’s skinny bezel-less landscape. The company was one of the first to start stripping away core features and moving them into Google Play, where they could be updated independently of a major firmware update.

HTC has proven itself to be one of the more forward-thinking Android manufacturers where updates are concerned, but being adventurous sometimes leads to issues. HTC was one of a few OEMs to temporarily shut down their Nougat update due to issues that only became apparent after the rollout had begun.

HTC revealed that the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10 would receive an update to Android Oreo, though a timeframe was not revealed.

Bugs notwithstanding on the Nougat rollout, HTC got it out internationally after just 95 days, with it landing on the T-Mobile HTC 10 after 138 days. T-Mobile was also the first in the US to get Nougat out to the HTC One M9, taking another two and a half months to deliver that update.

By comparison, the Marshmallow update was all over the place (if generally very promising): the HTC One M8 Google Play edition was naturally very quick out the gate, followed a few weeks later by the Developer Edition of the HTC One M9 in December. Unlocked versions of the One M9 and A9 also got updated (to Android 6.0.1 rather than 6.0) in December and most carrier-branded versions in early January.

Times have obviously changed since the good old days of Google Play and Developer Editions, meaning HTC’s Oreo performance is probably more likely to match Nougat than Marshmallow. That gives us a date of around four and a half months for the HTC Android 8.0 update, putting it somewhere around December or January.

Best case scenario: 4-5 months after Android 8.0 arrives (December 2017/January 2018)

Huawei Android 8.0 update

Huawei, like LG, sits a little outside the normal scope of Android updates because the company typically releases a device at the end of the year with the latest version of Android pre-installed. The Huawei Mate 8 had Marshmallow out of the box and the Mate 9 had Nougat on board, so we’d expect the Huawei Mate 10 to do the same.

Huawei also doesn’t have any carrier agreements in the US, selling its phones in the country unlocked. While that means there are no carrier delays imposed on Huawei’s update rollouts, the company doesn’t have the best track record where pushing updates to its US devices are concerned.

Huawei revealed that the Honor 8 Pro and 6X will receive Android Oreo sometime before the end of 2017, though we wouldn’t be surprised if the latter device’s update was pushed back to January 2018. Of course, we also expect that the company will update quite a few other smartphones in its lineup to the latest version of Android. One of them should definitely be the popular Honor 9, although this hasn’t officially been confirmed yet.

The first Nougat update pushed out by Huawei was to the Huawei Mate 8 and P9 in China, coming three and a half months after Google released it. The first US update, as far as I can tell, came to the Huawei P9 Lite in mid-January, five months after Nougat appeared, with the Mate 9 getting a patch in early March followed by the Amazon Alexa update a couple of weeks later.

Aside from the two Honor devices listed above, it’s nearly impossible to judge a timeline for the Huawei Android 8.0 update due to the company’s lack of focus on the US market, its habit of releasing updates for select international regions (but not all), dropping early access betas and promising updates that never arrive. The Huawei Mate 10 should arrive with Oreo on board, but that’s about as accurate a prediction as we can make.

Best case scenario: 4-5 months after Android 8.0 arrives (December 2017/January 2018)

OnePlus Android 8.0 update

OnePlus does not have a good track record when it comes to Android updates, but the company is working on it.

Rumors began surfacing on September 7 that OnePlus has been testing Oreo on the OnePlus 3 in a closed beta. OnePlus also told testers that it hopes to have a stable beta by mid-September, followed by the opening of the public beta by the end of the month. As of this writing (September 17) we still have yet to hear anything regarding a beta build for the OnePlus 3. Even though this is a very ambitious timeline, OnePlus deserves kudos for working hard to get Oreo out in record time.

It’s interesting that OnePlus appears to be working on the OnePlus 3’s Oreo update, and not the souped-up 3T or the new OnePlus 5. It’s possible that development is underway for all three devices, but only the OnePlus 3 has leaked out so far.

The first open beta of Nougat was launched for the OnePlus 3 on November 30, 2016, with the stable update rolling out to the 3 and 3T on the last day of the year. The company rolled out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to both devices on March 16, 2017, roughly three months after that version became available for Google’s devices.

In the past, the company caught heavy flak over the way it handled Android updates, mainly for ditching Nougat for the OnePlus 2 (and refusing to admit it for months) and the belated release of Marshmallow for the OnePlus X. This is why many folks don’t trust OnePlus when it comes to software updates, but it is looking like things are changing for the better. Still, keep this in mind if you’re looking for an Android device that will always receive promised software updates on time.

Best case scenario: 2-3 months after Android 8.0 arrives (October/November 2017)

Essential Android 8.0 update

As a brand new smartphone manufacturer, it’s been interesting to see how Andy Rubin’s Essential has been handling software updates. Not only has the Essential Phone received numerous updates in the short amount of time it’s been available, Andy Rubin recently let users know in a Reddit AMA that Oreo would be coming in the near(ish) future.

When asked about the company’s roadmap for the Android Oreo update, Rubin let users know that Android 8.0 Oreo would be rolling out to the Essential Phone “in the next month or two.” This claim was made mid-September, so Oreo will likely roll out to the PH-1 sometime in October or November.

Best case scenario: 2.5-3 months after Android 8.0 arrives (October/November 2017)

If you’d like to see us add more OEMs to this list, hit the comments and we’ll gaze into our crystal ball for the next update!

The Essential Phone now works on Verizon’s network

Andy Rubin took to Twitter to announce that the Essential Phone’s Verizon certification has finally been completed.

Just two days ago, Andy Rubin and the Essential team held an AMA on Reddit to answer some of the most pressing questions out there, ranging from its underwhelming camera performance to global launch plans. One of the users asked when the device would be certified for Verizon, to which Andy Rubin replied, “Could come as soon as tomorrow!” As you may know, while the Essential Phone has been available in the US for some time now, it hasn’t been perfectly compatible with all four major carriers: the phone launched without Verizon certification, which meant that people looking to buy new Verizon SIM cards to use with their Essential Phones could run into trouble.

Well, it looks like you won’t have to worry about that anymore. As promised (sort of) by Andy Rubin during the AMA, the Essential Phone is officially approved for use on Verizon’s network as of Friday September 15. This means that whether you have an existing Verizon SIM card or planning on buying a new one, it should work without any problem with the Essential Phone.

Whether you have an existing Verizon SIM card or planning on buying a new one, it should work without any problem with the Essential Phone.

The Essential Phone is now technically supported by all four major carriers in the US, but it remains to be seen whether this full compatibility will impact its sales. Though the device boasts an elegant design and durable materials, consumers point out that its price tag is simply too high for a phone that lacks waterproofing, headphone jack, and expandable storage, some of the most “essential” features inside a smartphone these days.

Do you own the Essential Phone? Do you think Andy Rubin’s company will survive in the hyper-competitive smartphone market? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

10 Exciting Official iPhone 8 & iPhone X Accessories

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are on sale now and you can pick one up at a local store. The iPhone X is coming soon and we’re even seeing iPhone 8 deals that can cut down the price to something a little more easy to swallow. While we don’t have as many iPhone 8 accessories as we saw when Apple announced the iPhone 7, there are a lot of official iPhone X accessories that you can buy to use with your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X.

From Apple’s favorite wireless chargers to solutions to the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone 8 and even a slew of adapters. Here are the official iPhone 8 accessories that you need to know about. All of these also work with the iPhone 8 Plus and most work with older iPhone models, except for wireless charging which is built-in to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

You can buy iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus accessories at Best Buy, on Amazon, eBay and even direct from China if you wish — but not all of these are official iPhone 8 accessories. This year, Apple is essentially giving offical accessory status to two wireless chargers since you’ll need to wait until 2018 to get the Appel exclusive wireless charger for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Here’s a look at the official Phone 8 accessories and official iPhone X accessories that you can buy at Apple Stores and at some retail partners.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Verizon plans to terminate 8,500 rural accounts due to roaming data usage

Verizon is sending out notices that it will disconnect 19,000 lines spanning 8,500 accounts due to high roaming fees. Users in rural parts of 13 states (Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin) face the ax by October 17. If the current customers don’t move to a new carrier by the deadline, they could lose the ability to port their phone number.

Despite being enrolled in the company’s “LTE in Rural America” program and being offered unlimited plans, it looks like many families will lose the best option they have for cellular service. The LTE in Rural America plan’s purpose was for Verizon to team up with small rural carriers to build out cellular infrastructure and allow those small carriers to lease spectrum. Now, Verizon is trying to pull out of those agreements and leave some customers out in the cold.

Verizon claims that the affected customers are using “substantial amounts of data”. On the other hand, one of the affected customer says her family has never used more than 50GB a month across four lines despite having an unlimited plan. The problem comes down to, as it often does, dollars and cents.

Verizon can’t make money off these customers if they’re paying out more in roaming fees than bringing in from monthly payments. The problem is so bad, apparently, that Verizon is willing to forgive any current charges on the account and the balance of financed phones to get customers to move. While this sounds like a great deal for the customer, the lack of other desirable carrier options negates any savings or credits they might see. Often in rural areas, the only choices are national carriers who get spotty coverage and regional carriers who charge higher prices.

In a statement to Ars Technica, a Verizon spokesperson said, “These customers live outside of areas where Verizon operates our own network(…) Many of the affected consumer lines use a substantial amount of data while roaming on other providers’ networks and the roaming costs generated by these lines exceed what these consumers pay us each month(…) We sent these notices in advance so customers have plenty of time to choose another wireless provider”

It seems, though, that not every line in these areas will be disconnected. Many lines who aren’t costing Verizon money will remain active. Verizon refused to give a cap on how much roaming data one could use before they became unprofitable. The letters that will be heading out to affected Verizon customers soon don’t give the recipients any recourse or options to stay with the carrier.

What do you think of Verizon’s move to cut off these customers? Is it a cold and heartless move or do you understand its side? Sound off down in the comments.

How to Reset a Frozen Galaxy Note 8

This guide explains how to reset a frozen Galaxy Note 8. If your phone is unresponsive or acting up, we’re here to help. While Samsung’s new phone is extremely fast and powerful, issues do occasionally surface. These steps are easier than taking it into a carrier store for help.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has a premium metal and glass design that’s water-resistant. This means the phone is completely sealed, and you can’t remove the battery to reboot a frozen phone.

Read: How to Turn Off the Galaxy Note 8 Always-On Display

A quick reboot fixes almost any minor Galaxy Note 8 problem, but that isn’t always an option. Sometimes a phone stops responding completely. If your phone is frozen, the button combination below will get it working right in a matter of seconds.

Reset a Frozen Galaxy Note 8

During the initial setup, you likely missed this quick tip or notification. Samsung has a set of tips, and one mentions how to do what’s called a “hard reset” to fix any issues. Keep in mind that resetting your phone will not erase any data, or cause any problems, it simply forces the phone to reboot.

“If your device is unresponsive, press and hold the Power key and the Volume down key simultaneously for more than 7 seconds to restart it.”

Push and hold both Power and Volume down at the same time for 7 seconds, or until the phone vibrates and turns off. This works even when the phone is completely frozen, or the screen is black. It’s a hard reset and works no matter what.

Once you hold the buttons down long enough you’ll see it turn off, feel the phone vibrate, then it will restart and boot back up to full working order.

Again, no data will be lost or erased, although any apps or browser windows that were open will close. It’s worth noting that if your phone really crashed hard, it may boot back up into what’s called a maintenance or “safe” mode. Follow the instructions on-screen to navigate with the volume keys to the “reboot” option.

We’re all done. This same button combination works on almost all Samsung smartphones and tablets, and most other Android devices too. It’s a universal hard reboot. If you’re still experiencing issues, check out these 15 common Galaxy Note 8 problems and how to fix them. While you’re here, consider one of our recommended Note 8 cases from the slideshow below.


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