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We’re currently at the peak of technological stability. Our smartphones seem to be more reliable than ever, and there’s technically no reason to be paranoid about our data. Yet, every now and again, a software update or ROM-flash goes wrong, throwing us in limbo. So, to be on the safer side, it’s better to backup our devices regularly, so that we always have something to fall back on.

If you happen to be a Samsung smartphone owner, there are a bunch of options to backup your device. And in this section, we’ll try to give you a comprehensive guide and help you pick the option that suits you best.

Using Computer

Samsung Smart Switch

Samsung has a handy little PC suite that makes the process of backup and restore feel like a breeze.

To get started, you’ll, of course, have to download and install the application. If you’re running Windows, you can download Smart Switch from here. The installation is pretty standard, but it’ll take a couple of minutes for the software to configure the USB drivers.

After all of that’s taken care of, you’ll get an azure-colored screen, asking you to plug in your device.

Upon hooking up your device, the welcome screen will give you the option of Backup, Restore, and Outlook Sync.

Choose Backup and follow these steps to create a successful backup of your device.

Connect Galaxy smartphone through USB cable.

Allow permissions.

Go to the tab Backup items.

Check the items you want to be included in your backup.

Here’s how to restore the backup file:

Connect device.

For the backup file source, you’ll find it under Samsung device data.

ADB Backup

Android has a built-in feature to help you backup and restore without the help of any other external application. However, to get it working, you’ll need the Android SDK tools. And for that, you’ll need to download Android Studio. You can find the download link here.

While that’s being downloaded, you’ll have to enable USB debugging on your smartphone.

Here’s how to enable USB debugging and prepare your smartphone for the procedure:

Go to your device’s Settings. 

Go back to Settings.

Now, back to your computer.

Install Android Studio.

Run the application and install SDK tools.

Your backup file will be saved as chúng tôi under AppDataLocalAndroidsdkplatform-tools

To restore the backup, here are the steps you need to follow:

Run CMD and navigate to UsersUsername(your account name)AppDataLocalAndroidsdkplatform-tools

Wait for completion.

Using device itself

If using your PC for backup and restoration seem like too much work, you can always turn to some reliable apps to save the day.

Here are four great Android backup apps which make this crucial task seem like a walk in the park.

It is to be noted that most of these apps will use your SD card to store the backup files, so, make sure you’re not running only on internal storage.

Backup Your Mobile

Download: Get Backup Your Mobile from Google Play

Migrate (Root)

This app is root only, so, if you don’t have root access, it’d be better to sort that out first. But if you are an enthusiast, this free application could become your favorite in a heartbeat. From mainstream stuff like contacts and texts to pleasantly surprising features like screen DPI and preferred keyboard option, Migrate does it all. It creates a flashable backup zip file, which you need to flash just after installing your new ROM. The app is still in beta, so, there could be a couple of bugs here and there.

Download: Get Migrate from Google Play

Resilio Sync

Download: Get Resilio Sync from Google Play

Titanium Backup (Root)

If you’re familiar with custom ROMs and software, you’ve probably heard of this magnificent app. Titanium Backup has been around for a long, long time and has over 25 million users worldwide. The app is available for free, of course, but the Pro version —$5.99 — allows you to do stuff that no app in the segment will. From simple backup and restore to freezing even system apps and bloatware, Titanium does it all. It’s also probably the most stable app of the lot and receives regular updates. If you’re a custom ROM aficionado, this is certainly the app to get.

Download: Get Titanium Backup from Google Play

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Samsung Galaxy S Iii Review: Your Next Android Phone

The Samsung Galaxy S III ($200 with a new two-year AT&T contract, price as of June 20, 2012) is one of the most hyped phones this year–and we’ve finally gotten a chance to spend some time with it. After Samsung’s splashy launch event, the lawsuit drama with Apple, and the announcement that this model would be coming to five U.S. carriers, we’ve had high expectations for this phone.

So is the Galaxy S III the next great Android phone? In terms of design, display performance, and features, I’d say yes. It isn’t perfect, however. S Voice doesn’t always work well, and some of the sharing features are useless if you don’t know other Galaxy S III owners.

Editor’s note: The Galaxy S III is coming to Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well. Other than the differences in networks, pricing, and storage capacities, the Galaxy S III is identical across the carriers. Although we received AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile review units, we did most of our testing on the AT&T version so that we could evaluate LTE speeds.


The Galaxy S III feels very much like the Galaxy S II: light, but a bit plasticky. It doesn’t have the durable, solid feel of the HTC One S or One X. Still, it is Samsung’s most eye-catching phone to date. The S III comes in two colors, “marble white” and “pebble.” The white phone looks nice, but the “pebble” color, which is sort of a bluish-gray, is much more attractive in my opinion. I’m getting tired of all-black phones, to be honest, so the “pebble” Galaxy S III is refreshing. It has a cool, brushed look on the back and on the front bottom panel, too.

On the Galaxy S III are two touch-sensitive navigation keys, menu and back. The phone also has a physical home key, which is a bit of a throwback to older smartphones and a departure from the all-software keys on the Galaxy Nexus. Initially Samsung hinted that the U.S. versions wouldn’t have a physical button, but here we are. It really doesn’t affect the way I use the phone, but some people might have strong feelings about it. I do like having the navigation buttons built into the hardware as opposed to their solely showing up on the bottom of the display, as we saw with the Galaxy Nexus. I could never get used to a phone that omits hardware keys entirely.


Back to the display: It is large, yes–but my, is it pretty. The S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280-by-720-pixel resolution. This is the same display technology as on the Galaxy Nexus; according to Samsung, however, the Galaxy S III’s display is “more refined” than that of the Galaxy Nexus.

Luckily, we happened to have a Galaxy Nexus in house to do a side-by-side comparison. I loaded the same gallery of photos on both phones. Colors on the S III looked brighter and more vivid than on the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy S III displayed a greater range of colors than the Galaxy Nexus did in our color-bar test, too. Unfortunately, I could still see some bleeding between the colors, which is a sign of oversaturation.

Software and Features

The Galaxy S III runs Android 4.0.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 5.0 overlay. The latest version of TouchWiz looks and feels like the previous versions of the overlay: slightly cartoony, but easy enough to navigate. During the S III launch event, Samsung made a big deal about the Galaxy S III being “inspired by nature.” When you unlock the phone, you see an animation that mimics touching water, complete with a water sound effect. When you press one of the hardware keys, you hear a water drop. It feels very Zen–until it gets annoying. Thankfully, you can turn it off.

Samsung has added a few new gesture controls into the mix, such as tilt zooming (useful for Web browsing), shake to update, and flip to mute (useful for ignoring unwanted calls). One feature I really like–in theory, at least–is the ability to take a screenshot by swiping from right to left across the screen with the side of your hand. Whenever I tried to take screenshots, though, I ended up doing something else on accident. For example, I attempted to take a screenshot of a gallery image, and ended up enlarging the image instead.

I wasn’t really a fan of the Galaxy S II keyboard, and on this phone the keyboard seems not to have changed much. The keys are too narrow and small, and I made a lot of mistakes while typing a message. Swype is preinstalled, however, so that helps to make typing a bit less painful.

As you might recall, Samsung has released some strange marketing for the Galaxy S III, claiming that it “follows your every move.” Creepy? Maybe, but one of the phone’s features is its ability to track your eyes via the front-facing camera, which is pretty cool. When you have the phone in front of you, for instance, the screen stays lit and won’t lock after a few seconds. If you pull the phone away (or, say, fall asleep playing Angry Birds), the screen turns off. The feature works well, and is a useful tool for saving battery life.

Samsung has its own voice-activated assistant, called S Voice. The Vlingo-powered, voice-activated application works pretty similar to Apple’s Siri for iOS in that you can use it to look up answers (also via Wolphram Alpha), schedule appointments, call somebody, and more. You can also use S Voice to control some of the native apps on the Galaxy S III, such as the alarm clock, the Wi-Fi settings, the camera, and Maps. For example, you can say “Cheese” to snap a photo or “Snooze” when your alarm goes off.

I’m not fond of virtual assistants, mostly because I can never get them to work all that well for me. S Voice worked fine when I wanted to control the alarm or take a picture, but navigating with it was a pain. “Navigate to Umami Burger” translated to “Navigate to mommy burner” and “Navigate to Golden Gate Park” translated to “Navigate to Holden State.”

Sharing and Multimedia

The Galaxy S III has a slew of sharing features built into the operating system. GroupCast uses Samsung’s AllShare application to help you share content such as PowerPoint slides, photos, or PDFs between your Galaxy S III and a DLNA-enabled TV. You can also share with other phones, but only if those other phones are Galaxy S IIIs.

Share Shot is another cool sharing feature that works only with other Galaxy S III phones. You can share full photo galleries with your friends by way of Wi-Fi Direct technology. You access Share Shot directly from the camera mode and press the ‘on’ button, after which your friends have to connect to Wi-Fi Direct to see the photos. Your photos then appear in their galleries. We tested this function between two Galaxy S III phones, and it worked quite well. I was surprised to see how quickly the photos loaded from one phone to the other.

S Beam uses Android Beam, a feature of Android 4.0, for sharing between phones via near-field communication. You can tap one phone to another and share photos, app download links, URLs, contacts, and so on. This feature works best with Galaxy S III phones, but I successfully shared some content with other NFC phones. I could share Web pages with the Galaxy Nexus, but when I tried to share a photo, I got only a link to the Galaxy S III’s directory path instead of the actual photo.

The video player offers an interesting feature that lets you pop it out into a smaller window and continue to watch video as you are doing other tasks such as browsing the Web or answering an MMS. Once again, though, this is a cool idea that doesn’t quite follow through in execution. In my tests, I’d accidentally close the video window while panning through a site, or sometimes it would close on its own as I switched to another app.

Video does look excellent on the Galaxy S III’s display. All of my test videos played smoothly, and the sound was quite good. You’ll definitely want to watch movies on this phone–just don’t try to pop them out of the player.

Since the Galaxy S III has a MicroSD slot, you can tack on more storage. Depending on the carrier, some Galaxy S IIIs come with 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years (the Sprint and T-Mobile versions both do, at least, and all of the Canadian versions will).


While the global versions of the Galaxy S III have Samsung’s quad-core Exynos chip, the U.S. versions have a dual-core Qualcomm S4 chip. We tested a series of benchmarks on the Galaxy S III, and it performed very well against the competition. The Galaxy S III outperformed the HTC EVO 4G LTE, which has the same chipset, on the Geekbench, Andebench, and Sunspider JavaScript benchmarks. It lost out, however, to the LG Optimus 4X HD, which has a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

We also tested page-load time over Wi-Fi for the Galaxy S III, using a page custom-built by the PCWorld Labs. The page has multiple JPG images, as well as text and tables. The Galaxy S III loaded the page in 11.5 seconds, while the LG Optimus 4X HD loaded it in 10.3 seconds and the HTC EVO 4G LTE loaded it in 6.5 seconds.

Call quality over AT&T in San Francisco was quite good. My friends sounded clear and natural on the line, with no static or hissing. My friends offered similar praise for the call quality. I did not experience any dropped calls during my hands-on time.

We tested AT&T’s 4G LTE speeds using the FCC-approved Ookla app. In the South Park neighborhood of San Francisco, I got an average download speed of 23.28 megabits per second, and an average upload speed of 8.66 mbps. Those are ridiculously fast speeds, and I could see the power of AT&T’s network when downloading apps (which took seconds), browsing the Web, and watching streaming video.

In my hands-on time, I found the battery life to be satisfactory. The Galaxy S III lasted through a full day of heavy use (lots of Web browsing, picture taking, and game playing) before I needed to charge it again. We’ll update this review with the Labs’ formal battery-test results once we finish our testing.


Competing handset makers have made a big deal about the cameras on their phones, but Samsung hasn’t hyped up the Galaxy S III’s camera. Not that the company really needs to; in my experience using multiple Galaxy phones, I’ve always found the cameras to be good. The Galaxy S III’s 8-megapixel snapper is no exception.

Image quality was very good on the Galaxy S III. My outdoor photos looked gorgeous, and my indoor photos appeared sharp, though colors seemed a bit washed out. Details weren’t as clear as I would have liked, either. The macro mode worked well, but HDR looked strange and blurry. In my opinion, the iPhone 4S is currently the only phone that can get HDR mode to work well.

The TouchWiz camera interface is clean and simple. You get a nice variety of shooting modes, such as HDR, macro, and burst shot, the last of which lets you take up to 20 photos in succession. According to Samsung, the rate is almost three photos per second. Unlike HTC’s burst-shot feature, the mode on the Galaxy S III does not automatically choose the best photos for you.

Buddy Photo Share is a neat idea, but it didn’t work all that well for me. Theoretically, Buddy Photo Share can use facial recognition to match your photos with your contacts. It was able to match up a few of my friends, but most of the time it failed. I suspect that the more you use Buddy Photo Share, the smarter it will become.

Bottom Line

Is the Samsung Galaxy S III worth all of the hype? I think it is. The Galaxy S III has a certain appeal that makes you want to keep using it. A friend of mine noticed it on my desk, started playing with it, and couldn’t put it down. “I need this phone,” my friend declared after 5 minutes. The display is irresistible, and the quickness of the phone can’t be beat.

The problem with Samsung phones is that sometimes the company goes too far in trying to stand out from the rest of the pack. Some of the Galaxy S III’s features feel like gimmicks, especially the sharing ones that let you share only with other Galaxy S III phones. S Voice sort of seems like a me-too feature to compete with Apple’s Siri. Really, though, these are just extra frills. At its core, the Galaxy S III is an excellent phone, and Samsung did the right thing in making it uniform across the multiple carriers. And who knows–maybe your whole family and your entire circle of friends will buy the Galaxy S III, so those sharing features will actually be useful.

How To Encrypt Your Android Phone

As we transition more of our daily tasks from PCs to smartphones, the damage that can be done if our phones fall into the wrong hands only magnifies. Without a lock screen, anyone who finds your phone can check your email, access all of your social networks, and make purchases on Google Play or any shopping app that may save your credit card. Even if your phone is locked, that may not be enough to keep your data safe. A competent thief could pop out your SD card or plug your phone into their computer to copy data you thought was otherwise secure. The release of version 2.3.4 offers the ability to encrypt your Android phone. While the process may be intimidating, it’s pretty straightforward.

Should You Encrypt? Pros

If you encrypt your Android phone, it provides an extra layer of security by creating an extra loop for intruders to jump through. Encryption can be cracked, but it takes deliberate effort and plenty of time. Unless someone specifically wants your data, they will probably give up and try to steal data from a more easily accessed device.

The average thief probably doesn’t care about your pictures or the contents of your email account. They simply want to wipe your device and sell it to someone else. Encrypting your device does nothing to prevent your data from being erased. If you are more concerned about maintaining access to your data rather than keeping people out, you should consider backing up your device.


An encrypted device suffers a performance hit, and your phone may become noticeably slower as every file has to be decrypted before it can be accessed. Games that already put a strain on your phone may become more than it can handle. Encrypting your phone also disables pattern lock. You will have to rely on either a password or a pin. Depending on your preferences, this may make your phone less convenient to use throughout the day.

Lastly, if you ever decide to change your mind, you will need to restore your device to factory settings to remove the encryption. There is no way to decrypt your device and keep your data at the same time.

Getting Started

Open the Settings app on your Android phone and scroll down until you see “Security.”

Under the Security menu, you will see the option to encrypt your device. Unless your phone is plugged in and its battery is adequately charged, the option will be dimmed.

If your phone has an SD card slot, you may find yourself faced with three options. You can encrypt both your phone and SD card, offering the most security. You can choose to encrypt just your phone, leaving the photos, apps, and other personal data on your SD card easily accessible to anyone who can pop out your card. Conversely, you can encrypt just your SD card, protecting the personal data that is saved on your card without causing your phone to take as much of a performance hit when running apps.

Note that encrypting anything other than just your SD card requires you to use either a password or pin. If you haven’t already set one up, you will be greeted by this error message.

From this point forward, the process will be largely straightforward. You will first be asked to confirm your password or pin. The encryption process can take over an hour, and you cannot use your phone to make calls or do anything else during this time. If you interrupt the process, you may lose some or all of your data. Don’t proceed unless you are sure you have the time.


Your smartphone is now probably more secure than your computer. Combine encryption with the ability to remote wipe your device, and you’ve set up a pretty solid line of defense. Still, there are chinks in any armor, and if someone gets access to your PIN or password, it doesn’t matter if your device is encrypted. Unfortunately, Android uses the same key you lock your phone with to encrypt your device. This limits how long passwords can be, as who wants to type in a 16-digit alphanumeric code just to check email?

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Series Price: How Much Will It Set You Back?

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Still riding the coattails of a successful new Wear OS, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 series continues to find fans. After nearly a year, the smartwatches remain a popular purchase. To find out more about the launch of these devices and their current asking prices, we round up all the information you need to know about Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 price tags and offers, as well as Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro pricing.

Currently the top Samsung smartwatches available, the latest series launched on August 10, 2023, and includes two models, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. The two watches share the same core user experience, but the Pro model offers improved durability specs, longer battery life, and niche training features. The Pro is also only available in a single 45mm case size, while the base model can be found in both 40mm and 44mm.

Galaxy Watch 5 40mm (Bluetooth): $279

Galaxy Watch 5 40mm (LTE): $329

Galaxy Watch 5 44mm (Bluetooth): $279

Galaxy Watch 5 44mm (LTE): $329

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm (Bluetooth): $449

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm (LTE): $499

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Golf Edition: $499

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series vs. the competition

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The leading Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series alternatives are devices from Apple’s stable. The Apple Watch Series 8 launched in multiple sizes starting at $399 with Bluetooth and $499 with LTE. These prices are similar to that of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, but they quickly rise when you opt for a larger case or a stainless steel model. The titanium Apple Watch Ultra adds durability, battery life, and special features for outdoor enthusiasts, all of which result in a considerably higher price tag of $799. This is much higher than Samsung’s premium model. Of course, these devices are only relevant to iOS users.

For Android users, the Google Pixel Watch is a close comparison price-wise at $349 for a Bluetooth-only device and $399 for LTE connectivity. We found many first-generation kinks while reviewing the Pixel Watch, however, so these prices are higher than we think the experience justifies. On the other hand, Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 5 launched at $349.99 and it’s a powerful Galaxy Watch 5 alternative, especially for anyone who doesn’t have a Samsung phone. The device’s unique power-saving dual display, Digital Crown, and snappy internals make it a very solid buy.

Where can you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5?

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The most direct place to shop for a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series device is chúng tôi Here you can browse first-party bands and choose your own style in the Galaxy Watch 5 Bespoke Studio. You can also review comps between the different models and different generations.

Samsung also offers a monthly financing program as well as a 4-payment program if you would like to spread out the cost of your new watch. If you have an older device on hand, even if it is not a Samsung wearable, you can also turn it in for savings.

Major US carriers

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (L) and Galaxy Watch 5 (R)

Three major wireless carriers that sell the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series are Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Though pricing is consistent when you pay the full retail price, each carrier offers unique installment plans and deals. Likewise, these carriers often accept trade-ins to offset their prices, including wearables and electronics other than Samsung’s.

Through Verizon, a 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 runs for $9.16/month for 36 months and 44mm models cost $9.99/month for 36 months. A Galaxy Watch 5 Pro costs $13.88/month for 36 months. Very similarly, AT&T prices the 40mm watch at $9.17/month for 36 months and the 45mm models at $10.00/month for 36 months. At AT&T, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro costs $13.89/month for 36 months. T-Mobile offers a 24-month pricing structure. A 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 costs $13.75/month for 24 months while a 44mm model costs $15.00 for 24 months. The company’s Samsung Galaxy Watch Pro price is $20.84/month.

Galaxy Watch 5 series links:

Major retailers

You can also purchase a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series device from many major retailers, each of which offers sales and promotions. You can purchase either a GPS or cellular model through these retailers, but you will need to contact your carrier to activate cellular service.

Galaxy Watch 5 series links:


Absolutely! This generation Samsung Galaxy Watch offers a great user experience and improved battery life. We think it’s still worth picking up unless you want to wait for the next generation later this year.

Yes, both the Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro allow for on-wrist phone calls via the Phone app.

Samsung did not launch a Classic model in the Galaxy Watch 5 series. Instead, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is the new top-tier device. If you would like a physical rotating bezel, Samsung still sells the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Rumors also suggest we may see the return of the rotating bezel in the upcoming generation.

Why You Should Use Timeshift To Back Up Your Computer

Timeshift is a relatively new utility for Linux, but it’s something that’s become so essential to desktop users that many distros have added it to their official repositories. This nifty application essentially brings the System Restore utility from Windows to Linux.

Timeshift allows you to create incremental backups that produce exact images of your system at a specific point in time. You can use them to restore your system to the exact state that it was in when the backup was made. Since they’re incremental, they don’t take nearly as much hard drive space to store. In this post we show you how to get started with Timeshift on your own desktop.

Why Use Timeshift

First off, Timeshift isn’t primarily meant for servers (though it does have great command line usability). It’s designed with desktops in mind, and it shines there. There are plenty of reasons that you’d want to use Timeshift on a desktop Linux system.

It lets you roll back from bad updates, security issues, and just about anything else that can go wrong with your system, even the mistakes that you make yourself. If you’re worried about security, you might want to check out the best Linux-Libre distributions for improved protection.

Timeshift also allows you to create backups to external and networked hard drives. That means that it can service backups even when the hardware it’s installed on fails.

There’s even an extra feature that makes it better than Windows’ System Restore: Timeshift can be set to run at just about any time interval automatically. You can have your system back itself up every night, week, or month, and never worry that your latest backup is outdated.

How to Install Timeshift

Timeshift is now available in most Linux repositories and can be installed directly from your package manager. Here are a few examples of the installation in major Linux distros:

Debian/Ubuntu-based Distributions




timeshift Arch Linux

Timeshift is available in the Arch User Repository (AUR). You will need an AUR helper to access this special repository. In this example, we used Yay to install Timeshift:



timeshift Fedora




timeshift Void Linux


xbps-install timeshift Getting Started with the GUI

You’ll need to decide whether you want to run your backups via Rsync or BTRFS. Unless you formatted your hard drive for BTRFS, Rsync is the right choice.

Select where you want to store your backups. Pick the drive where you want your backups to go. A different drive than the one your system is installed on is usually a better option if you have it available.

Timeshift will ask you to set up the timing of your backups. Set something that makes sense for your system. Usually, weekly or nightly backups work best on desktops.

Once all this is set up, Timeshift will let you know that the setup is finished.

If you ever want to go back and change your settings, hit the “Settings” button on the top of the window to do just that.

Creating a Backup

Creating a backup of your system is super easy, and you can make one right after you set up Timeshift. This gives your system a starting point.

After the backup process is completed, you’ll be able to see it listed on the main screen. Timeshift lists all of its backups there.

How to Restore a Backup

You’ve backed up your system files, and now it’s time to restore them. Timeshift is capable of restoring in a variety of conditions, which we will walk you through:

If You Can Reach Your Desktop If You Can’t Boot to Desktop But Still Have Access the Login Screen

In this circumstance, your display manager was able to open meaning that you are technically booted into the system, but your desktop environment failed to load properly. To access Timeshift, we’ll need to access a terminal.

To access the Linux fallback (TTY) terminal prompt, press Ctrl + Alt + F2 or Ctrl + Alt + F3 on your keyboard. Depending on the distro, either of these key combinations should take you to a terminal where you are asked to log in.

Type in your user name and password, and you’re now in your system!

To restore a snapshot using Timeshift here, just type:




You’ll be presented with a list of snapshots and asked to pick one. We selected snapshot 0.

You’ll now be asked to press Enter. In almost all use cases, you could just keep pressing it until it starts the restore process.

Tap your Y key and then press Enter to confirm. Once Timeshift is done restoring your system, you’ll be booted back into your system which now should work perfectly fine.

If You Can’t Boot At All

For this process, you’ll need a live USB/DVD of a Linux distro to boot into. You can use a software like balenaEtcher to create one.

Shut down the computer, then boot from the USB stick/DVD you created. If it asks you to whether you want to try or install the distro, pick the “Try” option.

Once you’re in, install Timeshift like you normally would in your system using the steps described earlier in this article.

Open Timeshift, pick the drive your snapshots are stored in, and you should now see the ones you’ve made.

Frequently Asked Questions Why doesn’t Timeshift’s window follow my theme?

You may have noticed this especially if you normally use a dark theme: Timeshift’s aesthetics will not follow anything you have on your system. This happens because the application itself runs on a root shell. That’s why it asks you for an administrative password as soon as you open it. The root shell’s theme and your user theme are two completely separate entities managed in different parts of your file system.

To make this as simple as possible without going on a long conversation about root shell modification and its security implications, an application opened with elevated privileges will always use the root shell, which is almost always the vanilla default theme your desktop environment comes with.

Can I delete older backups without breaking Timeshift?

Yes, you can delete whatever backups you want in Timeshift in any order you want without issues! Since backups are incremental, it’s normal to assume that removing an image might create a Jenga tower situation and break the sequence. However, Timeshift performs its backups using a little bit of file system magic with hard links that allow it to store multiple instances of a file in different locations. This allows the application to remove an image while preserving overall backup integrity.

All screenshots by Miguel Leiva-Gomez and Nick Congleton.

Miguel Leiva-Gomez

Miguel has been a business growth and technology expert for more than a decade and has written software for even longer. From his little castle in Romania, he presents cold and analytical perspectives to things that affect the tech world.

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How To Detect A Hidden Camera With Your Android Phone

How do you view surveillance cameras? No doubt they help track crime but can as easily be misused to violate your privacy. Nowadays the going rate of CCTV cameras is very cheap with even HD 1080 models available for less than $20. This means anyone can afford to play cop with scant regard to your own preferences.

And when there aren’t any obvious CCTV devices, spy cameras can prove to be a real menace. Whether you’re in a hotel room, restaurant, conference room or even a cab, anyone can slip one of these tiny devices next to you. While there isn’t much you can do about other people, at least you can become more guarded by detecting hidden cameras with your smartphone.

Here are two Android apps to help you detect hidden cameras.

1. Hidden Camera Detector App

True to its name, the Hidden Camera Detector app uses your smartphone’s magnetic sensors and infra-red sensors in the camera to detect hidden cameras. It uses electromagnetic fields (EMF) to detect the invisible camera and beeps when there is a positive match. With over 1 million installations on Google Play, this app is certainly very popular.

Most hidden cameras are invisible to the naked eye and remain on the objects which you are least likely to suspect. The infra-red camera helps you get a wide-angle view of your room, and you only have to keep an eye for white light.

One common complaint with this app is that it is sensitive to metals, so it might beep in unexpected places even when there is no lens near the object. However, as per app guidelines, you only need to calibrate the sensitivity of the magnetometer between 60 to 80 to remove false positives.

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This app works on similar principles as the previous one and is highly rated within Google Play. There is a magnetometer and an infra-red camera which detects white light. Ironically, it works as your own personal CCTV camera capturing important video moments.

Adjusting the sensitivity of the camera allows you a clearer view of any suspected spy cam devices. You can detect hidden figures, hidden objects and other problems in the infra-red mode.

Are you not sure about the location where the cameras are lurking? The app provides a handy guide for each kind of room. For example, in a bathroom it suggests you look under the showerhead, vents, blow dryers and soap dispensers. It seems to be a useful checklist when you are in a hotel room that is giving you bad vibes.


According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), CCTV cameras pose a threat to locational privacy which refers to the freedom of an individual to move around without being tracked. By detecting the presence of cameras in your surroundings, you can make your movements less visible to those who believe you shouldn’t even have a say in this matter.

A word of caution: you might want to disable the app at the airport and in government buildings, as it might beep everywhere.

Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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