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Fix Google Play Store Problems

When owning an android phone, it is likely many of your apps come from Google Play Store. But what can you do when it stops working? The majority of Android users have come upon issues with Google Play Store.  You might experience some of the error codes and messages. If an error code is encountered, many times the routine is the same, but different methods are needed at other times. When you encounter Google Play Store problems,  try these four methods one at a time until one works for you.

Stop App, Clear Data, and Cache

Processes running in the background is what Google Play Store relies on. When wiping Google Play Store, it is recommended to also wipe Google Framework Services and Google Services. After Wiping, restart the device and reattempt install or update. Some of these errors are able to be resolved by stopping the app and clearing its data or cache.

This is a fix that resolves the majority of issues.

Go to Settings > Apps > All. Next, you want to choose Google Play Services > Force Stop to stop the app. Now, choose Clear Cache or Clear Data, which the cache will also be cleared but requires re-logging into that service.

Change from Data Over to WiFi

Many apps will not install without a good internet connection, which often times those using mobile data have issues. Try to resolve the issue by switching over to WiFi from mobile data.

Google Play Store App Uninstall and Reinstall

If an Android user has root access, they have the ability to uninstall and reinstall Google Play Store. You are able to download an up-to-date copy of Google Play Store, a file manager is required to be used, such as Root Explorer.

Google Account Refreshed

It is a simple process to refresh, remove, and re-add a Google account. Keep in mind when doing so, all personal data, including messages, will be removed, and automatic syncing will be turned off.

Go to Settings, now choose Accounts. 

Choose which account that you are having issues with. If having problems with all accounts, you will need to remove them all. Select the menu option represented by three dots, which are at top-right of the screen. Next, select Remove Account. 

From the Accounts menu, you are able to re-add accounts. Prior to re-adding any of your accounts, it is recommended to restart your device, but not required.

The majority of error codes you come across require fixes already stated, with a few exceptions. Some errors mean your phone storage is full or too many application installed, unwanted apps would need to be uninstalled to continue.

Google Play Store Issues Resolved

It is no longer difficult to resolve Play Store problems. If these four fixes fail to work, you can look up a particular code for a resolution for almost any problem.

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Offline Android Apps – Top Picks

Posted on April 1, 2016
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Offline Android Apps Work Without Internet

You might feel like your android apps are useless without an internet connection.   It seems as if every app you know requires internet access. However, when unable to access mobile data or WiFi, there are some that still work well as offline android apps.

Spotify: Offline Music

With Spotify, you have access to millions of tracks. You are able to sync playlists in the background, having it available anytime you are offline. Easy to use, with a premium subscription costing you only $9.99 per month. Simply save some of your favorite music and listen to it whenever you like.

FeedMe: Read News When Offline

FeedMe is a streamlined version of Feedly, with a full offline syncing. With this set to sync, all images and text are synced with your phone, waiting for you to go through your feeds when there is no internet access.

This app syncs with Feedly, Bazquz, The Old Reader, and InoReader.

Pocket: Save Things For Later

Pocket begins our list of offline android apps.  Its one of the most popular apps available for reading. Download videos, articles, blogs, or other content you find online, and later read it when not connected to the internet. Simple to use, with just one-click on the share button and Pocket saves it for later. Make sure you never miss out on any content when using Pocket for free.

Google Maps: Offline Map

Download full city maps, directions support, available in the Offline Areas tab. This app will help you get to where you’re going, without having to worry about not being able to have supported maps for the area when you’re offline. With the use of an app that allows you to download all of their maps, the world is your limit while on the go.

Pocket Casts: Offline Podcast

You may think of podcasts as online streaming, but with Pocket Casts, all your favorite podcasts can be downloaded. Give yourself endless hours of listening enjoyment. This app allows users to search for hundreds of thousands of podcasts and then download them to your device for later use.

With Pocket Casts, you are able to automate downloads in the background of your subscriptions when you have access to WiFi, and listen to them later.

Google Drive: Offline Document App

With Google Drive, you are able to download documents and files to your device. These files are then able to be worked on later when offline, and when you have the internet again, they sync back to the cloud.

Select Options icon from a file in Google Drive, then select Keep on Device. Do this to all the files you want, and work on them when away from WiFi.

SMSmart: Internet By Way of Text Messages

This app is perfect for people with plans of unlimited text messaging but no data. Users are able to read current headlines or view recent tweets all by requesting and receiving data by text messaging. You can grab quick access to Yelp, Wikipedia, Twitter, or directions all from just a text message.

Depend on these great offline android apps to find and use helpful information, get some work done, or just relax while reading or listening music.

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Many mobile phone plans available today to not offer unlimited data. This means is, you should keep track of all mobile data usage on your Android phone.

There are some apps that seem to thrive from having a constant internet connection, even when these apps seem they are not in use. Fortunately for you, Android has offered a way from apps sucking up data in the background.

Built-In Option with Android

Go to Settings > Data Usage for your cellular data usage management. There, you will find an option located on top to entirely disable access. However, use this option only for specific circumstances, such as when you have used more data than allowed by your plan.

To prevent this from happening to begin with, toggle the second option, which is Set cellular data limit. 

If your plan has a limit of 6GB per month, you are able to set the limit at 6GB, and when you hit this threshold, the mobile data shuts off automatically. If wanted, have your phone send a warning when getting close to your threshold. Using these settings prevent overage charges.

Looking further down, you will see how much each app uses in data. You want to select heavy users. You should now know which apps should have network access limited. If unable to disable cellular access from their internal settings, toggle Restrict app background data. 

Manage Mobile Data Usage With Third-Party App

Grabbing a third-party app lets you go up a level. One open source option available is NetGuard. This app prevents cellular data usage from apps and also stops them from connecting to Wi-Fi. Why would this be helpful? When you block these apps from connecting to the internet, they are unable to track your usage and report it.  Benefits include saving battery life, reducing bandwidth, and blocking ads.

Furthermore, you know that your information is not being sent off somewhere across the internet because they do not ask for internet access permission. A VPN is used to block internet traffic, and like other VPN, a key is displayed in your notification bar. Take control over which apps connect to the internet and which do not.

See a list of all your apps in alphabetical order, with a toggle for mobile data and Wi-Fi. You are able to disable access to the ones that you want.

There is a drop-down arrow beside every app allowing you to tap it for specific controls and exceptions.

NetGuard gives you options for block mobile data or Wi-Fi for all apps, under Settings. When you have the screen on, you can set it to automatically allow internet access.

To get setting your fit your needs, you may have to come back and adjust it a few times.

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Recording and watching video game footage is popular nowadays.  YouTube or Twitch viewers see this often. However, it’s somewhat trickier when using a mobile device for recording. Android’s Google Play Games app, allows you to record mobile gaming without having to use any third party apps.

Game Footage Capturing

Tools and systems are in place for various platforms for capturing video footage. Android users download third party apps for screen recording.  You can record video game footage with other platforms as well. There are different tools for Windows users, such as third party options, or with Windows 10 DVR systems, which games are recorded on your Xbox One and PC.

However, Google Play Games now supports game-recording.

Let’s find your Google Play Games app.  Look in the App Drawer or possibly find it in a subfolder on home screen.

After opening Menu, check Settings, go to bottom of page and look at About Phone. Your android version needs to be at least 3.4.12 or later, with 038 as the last three numbers showing up in brackets. If not, there are two different choices. You can wait until Google Play Games new version to update on your device, or you can download using an APK mirror.  Install the app after ensuring that Settings > Unknown Sources > enabled.

Google Play Games Game Recording

On Google Play Games menu, find Play Now screen, and select Record gameplay button. It does not matter at this point what game it pops up with, just go with it. Next, tap Record, and choose which resolution you prefer for your gameplay recording – either 720p or 480p. Look for a message informing you everything displayed on your Android screen will be recorded. Keep in mind also when making non-game recordings. Finally, tap Launch when ready to record, and this opens the recording interface. The four buttons on here are record, microphone mute, camera off, and a disc with an image of you from the front camera.

This interface remains throughout the recording, so be sure to tap and drag your image where it will be most helpful and out of the way. Your gaming face is what remains when you tap record, and then it is time to launch what game you want. When finished recording, tap your face image to open the interface and end the recording.

Saving and Uploading Game Footage

There are some options available for your recording. You can upload it automatically when recording stops to YouTube Gaming, or share it on Twitch. For now, to share on Twitch you must transfer to your PC and upload to the website.

Have fun recording all your sweet gaming moves.  Remember, use this method to recorded any app on your device.

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Encryption & SIM Lock Android Security Features

Is data being encrypted on your smartphone by you? If you fail to do so, if the phone is ever stolen there is a risk of losing it. Encrypt your android to protect sensitive personal data.  Its easy to do with software that is usually provided by the device manufacturer or in the operating system.

Simplicity of Securing Your Smartphone

Due to threats being so high of smartphone theft, it is highly important handsets have locks applied to them. Use a PIN, a shape you swipe on screen display, or facial recognition to unlock your secured phone.

To set this up on Android, go to Settings > Security > Screen security. Next you want to tap Screen lock where choices between PIN, Swipe, Password, and Pattern can be selected as methods for access. Choose whichever one you like best to unlock your Android phone.

When using a Windows Phone, go to Settings > Applications > Phone, and enable SIM security. Enter a PIN according to your network provider’s instructions. This gives you two PIN codes now on your phone, one unlocks the screen and the other unlocks the PIN.

On an iOS, Settings > Phone > SIM PIN then enter the network-provided, existing SIM PIN for confirmation.

Encrypting Data on Android Smartphones

Locking a phone is helpful, but to have ideal security, you should encrypt your data.

Android data encryption is separated from linked to the passcode once activated. Keep in mind however, if you forget your PIN once encryption is applied, your data remains unattainable. Only way for data to be decrypted is by your PIN.

To encrypt data on an Android device, connect the charger. Next go to Settings > Security > Encryption > Encrypt Phone. Be sure to read warning/explanation and understand encryption implications. If happy, select ENCRYPT PHONE. During this process, your phone is not able to run apps, make calls, etc.

If your phone has slowed down dramatically, you are able to return and disable encryption by going to Settings > Security > Encryption > Encrypt Phone. 

Encrypting data on iOS is much simpler. When a PIN or passcode is set on your device, the data is encrypted.

Encrypting data on Windows Phone can be done if an organization manages your phone and is done by way of Microsoft Exchange server. Otherwise users must wait for Microsoft Mobile 10 update for another way of encrypting their data.

Using these ways to secure your smartphone helps ensure data stored will not be stolen if your device is.

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Quickly add more storage to your Android

Get More Storage Using a MicroSD Card

Android devices come with limited storage internally. The RAM is the memory that what affects how fast it runs. High-end android phones and tablets most likely have 2GB RAM or more. However, if your device is a cheaper model you may have 1GB or less of RAM. Many people believe RAM can’t be increased in your Android device like it can be in a PC, can it?  Let’s learn more about how to use a micro sd card to increase capabilities or your device.

Reasons for More RAM

If you have more storage, there is more room for video clips, photos, or MP3s, but additional RAM assists the processor to work faster, thereby helping with creation and playback of these files.

There are many times that internet is blamed for playback problems, when more RAM would of fixed the issue.

Rooted Device RAM Swap

With Android devices that are rooted, it is easy to increase RAM with ROEHSOFT RAM Expander (SWAP). This program is compatible with rooted tablets and phones.

With use of MemoryInfo & Swapfile Check, available at the google store, you can check to see if your device compatible with ROEHSOFT RAMEXPANDER.

Select Start RAMEXPANDER Test Here and choose the SD card you are checking, now Click for result. After seeing congratulations you are able to proceed to install the app.

RAM Expander Installer

With message displayed and root permissions applied, it is time for you to select your language.

Next, you will see a slider on a screen which is able to be adjusted to the amount of RAM you want on dedicated to the SWAP partition.

Tap optimal value if you are not sure what amount and the app decides for you. Check to be sure Autorun is enabled and then hit Swap Activ.

Micro SD to Increase Storage

Micro SD cards work for more than just RAM increase. You can use a Micro SD card to increase the capacity of your storage. This is great is you want to download more music, apps, takes more photos, or record more video clips.

First, insert a Micro SD card into it if there is a memory card slot available on your android device that is running out of space.

However, when purchasing a Micro SD card be sure to buy one that is more resilient. When checking the box be sure to get at least a class 4, which is what is recommended, but best is class 10.

Use this extra storage to install games and apps, move apps and games so you are able to increase the main device storage. If you run Android Lollipop, open Settings > Applications and use the button on apps Move to SD Card if available.

With Micro SD cards able to increase RAM and storage, be sure to always have one on hand!

Google Now for Hands Free in the Car

Posted on February 25, 2016
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Google Now Hands Free Driving

Google Now allows use of voice commands to do just about anything you need to with your phone. Everyone knows dangers that exist from texting and driving, but many people find it hard to set their phone down for that short drive home from work.

Notes & Reminders

Many people are always using their phone to constantly enter something in their to-do list or schedule before they forget. Reduce the dangers of accidents by using Now with Google Now. This is especially useful if you phone has Google Calendar is synced. You can say commands such as:

  • “Set an alarm for 5PM”, or if you want on recurring “Set an alarm every Wednesday morning for 7AM.”
  • Specific reminders can be sent to you, such as “Remind me to stop at Sue’s 3PM tomorrow” or “Remind me to grab milk at Ralph’s 4PM today.”
  • Use your Google Calendar to create an event by saying, “Create a calendar event for a Doctor appointment in NYC, Tuesday at 3PM.”

Saves notes to yourself, “Note to self: Pay light bill Friday.”

First time using the command Google Now needs to be told which to-do or note-taking apps you want used.

Communication on Phone

Instead of using a dial pad, just say, “Call Tom”, Google Now looks the name up in your list of contacts and dials for you.

If sending SMS messages, just say, “Text Tom that I will meet him at 6PM for drinks”, and after receiving a confirmation “yes” for the correct name, Google Now sends it along.

Navigation, Travel, Maps

One of the most common needs when driving around is finding how to get where you are going. Just ask Google Now something like, “Direction to Grand Central Station” and you will see directions on the screen from Google Maps. To have turn-by-turn directions, just hit Start button.

You can receive other information aside from directions:

  • Say “How far is NYC, New York from Rochester, New York” to learn how long it takes to drive from NYC to Rochester.
  • Ask to see map of location, “Map of NYC, New York.”
  • Ask “Where is nearest gas station?” or coffee shop, restaurant or other type of business.

Find out Information

Have you ever been driving along with a friend when the two of you come into a debate? Let Google Now settle your debate! Just say, “OK Google” to your phone, and ask your question when you hear a beep. No need to look at your phone, Google now reads it aloud and gives it visually.

This is just the beginning of what you can do hands free with Google Now!