Before You Lose Everything – Backup Your Android


No matter how careful you might be with your Android, there is still a possibly you might one day lose everything you have stored. Without proper backup, there is no way to get everything back. With some simple steps, you can ensure your photos, videos, important emails, calendar schedule, contacts, app data, and more is protected.

Backup with Google

With Google, you can save the majority of your important information, such as emails and contacts. By doing only a few clicks with your device settings, you are able to sync such things as photos, videos, music, browser data, Wi-Fi passwords, and much more to Google’s servers.

First, go to Settings>Accounts. Next, choose your Google Account, and select everything you want to be synced with Google. While there, check to see if Backup & reset is enabled, and if not, enable it now.

With Android 5 and 6.0 Marshmallow, Google provided a new function for restore for greater backups which back everything up. However, to have this function, you must have either Android 5 or 6.0 Marshmallow. When moving to a new phone or needing to restore lost data, Google is excellent for your backup.

Wi-Fi passwords along with other settings for your device are essential for backup and restore. Go to Settings>Backup & reset and put a check mark in Automatic restore as well as Back up my data. This ensures your setting will be saved and restored automatically for you to a new device or when reinstalling an app.

Photos and Video

Backing up your videos and photos is crucial for all users. The simplest way of storing them is backing them up automatically to Google Photos. Unless you decide to share these videos and photos, they are private. You are able to store an unlimited amount of files that are at standard-resolution size. However, you can also upload them at their default size but is counted against your storage limit for Google Drive.

By using the Google Photos app which was preinstalled, you can get to options to backup your images automatically. Open your Photos app, in the upper right-hand corner select, hit the 3 dots and go to Auto-Backup. Next, switch the toggle button to on.

Keep in mind, to save a video or photo in Google Photos but delete it from your phone do the following: Open the Photos app, in the upper right-hand corner hit the 3 dots, and choose On Device. Without selecting On Device, they will be deleted from both your Device and on the Google Server.

There are several apps that you can use for Android backup, however, using Google is a simple solution for free.

Deleted Text Messages on Your Android? Recover Them Now!


Recover Deleted Text Messages Easily

Many times we delete a text message on our Android device only to realize later we needed the information it contained. When this happens, we need to find a way to recover these deleted text messages to gain access to them once again.

You likely heard people say how files remain on your computer even after they are deleted. This is a fact. After deletion, files remain on a hard drive until they are replaced or retrieved at a later time. Android phones work in the same way. Everything that we delete on our Android device, including text messages, stay until this space is needed by other data.

Learning About Deletion

You may not see how this can be possible. However, after learning about deletion, you will see its actually a simple concept. In the majority of cases, files or text messages are not erased immediately from a system. They are marked as an inactive file, making it invisible with the ability to be replaced. New files are added to your device as you continue your use, and they begin replacing content which was deleted. What this means, if you have a text message that needs recovering, it is best to stop using your device before it is wiped out permanently.

Date Recovery Software 

If you are in real need to get that information deleted in that text message, it is possible to get it back by using data recovery software. This software scans your Android device for deleted content and if any still exists, the software retrieves it.

There are several data recovery tools available for Android devices. There are some that are free and some are paid ones. However, there is a free trial period available with many paid ones. Some of the more popular ones include Dr. Fone, Android Data Recovery, FonePaw Android Data Recovery, and Coolmuster SMS + Contacts Recovery.

After choosing which software utility to use, the process is simple. Install the one you chose to your PC and run it. Be sure that USB Debugging is turned on which is located in Android Setting app under Developer Tools.

There is a specific step which needs to be followed for each software. Some require an Android app on your PC to do the work, while others allow the software to do it. Make sure instructions are followed for the program you use.

Avoiding This in the Future

To avoid recovering deleted text messages in the future you need to prevent it from happening again. There are apps available to backup text messages, and other content as well. Some popular choices are Easy Backup & Restore and SMS Backup & Restore.

Of course, if you need additional help then a professional is able to walk you through the steps or do this for you. You do not have to worry about having text messages that are lost forever on your Android phone.

Is Your Android Working Properly?

A properly working Android smartphone consists of several different components. However, if just one of these is malfunctioning, your entire experience will be thrown off.

How would you go about identifying what is wrong with your Android smartphone? The good news is, there are apps available to help detect the problem and how to fix it. If your Android is running great, it can be a good idea to do a check-up to help keep it that way.

The first app you need to try available at the Play Store is Google Device Assist. However, for Moto or Nexus, APK must be downloaded and installed manually.

Google Device Assist to Solve Android Issues

Google Device Assist app is more than just an issue checker. Beginners are offered advice and tips on how they can take advantage of their device.

The different modes to choose from when this app is booted up include Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Tips that are shown will depend on what mode you choose.

To navigate, scroll through the display of cards. If you want to search for a particular problem, this can be done at the top-right. To look at your previous actions, information about your Android, or change settings, simply select the three-dot icon.

This app also gives users tricks on other apps by Google.

Phone Doctor Plus to Run Check-Ups

Phone Doctor Plus is an app that is basically a smartphones doctor. You can do a number of check-ups on your device to ensure proper functioning. While running tests, you will notice a progress bar filling on the top. Records of dates and what parts were tested are kept so you know when each component was and wasn’t working. In addition, different components status and health can be checked, such as battery and CPU.

JScreenFix Can Bring Your Screen Back to Life

With the use of some apps, defective or dead pixels can be detected, however, they are not able to fix the problem. For screens with stuck pixels, there just might be help for them.

Hardware defects that are cause for stuck pixels have no hope with an app. But other types of stuck pixels need help going through their 3 different options (blue, green, red) as many times as it takes until they are refreshed. By going to the website JScreenFix you can find help for your stuck pixels.

A black screen displays helping identify any stuck pixels. Next, a little square appears which is used to place over the dead pixel’s area, shuffling quickly through the different colors. It is advised to keep running approximately ten minutes.

If you are still finding your Android isn’t working properly, try asking a professional Android service member.

Android N and What You Should Know


Know More About Android N

Android has been here several years now, but Google still finds ways to improve and enhance the OS. Some ways they are finding could have a substantial impact on how we use our tablet or phone. Later this summer we are expecting the full release of Android N, there are some important things you should know.

Graphics and Performance Boost

Due to many changes with Android N, you will notice a considerable boost with both everyday performance and gaming graphics. With the application program interface (API) of Vulkan 3D, game developers will now have the ability to take control of the GPU. Mobile game graphics now have a chance to become more amazing. According to Google, runtime speed is greatly improved as well.

Security Improvements

Your device with Android N will be improved significantly with security. This comes because of strengthened media framework and file-based encryption. You will notice security updates are now seamless.

There will be 2 system images in new devices which are built for the OS Android N, and latest updates will now be automatically downloaded and placed on the image which runs in the background. When the update is ready, your tablet or phone will then switch to the updated image and carry on. You are now protected against any new threats.


It is time for split-screen capabilities to come to Android, with this already available on Samsung phones. You are able to use this with both phones and tablets and in both landscape and portrait orientation. The example in which Google showed was watching a recipe video on YouTube on one side, while the other had a shopping list where they were able to add items.

With Android N, picture-in-picture mode is coming to Android TV.

Recent Apps

Google has done research and learned most people have a tendency of returning to the last few apps they used recently. So, one of the changes you will notice with Android N is on your recent apps screen. Any apps in which you have not accessed for a while will be cleared automatically, making it simpler to locate games and other apps that you spend more time on.

Another enhancement coming with Android N is a long sought after button “clear all” for apps, which would be located in the top-right area of your screen. In addition, make multitasking faster and simpler than before by having the ability to switch to the last app used by double-tapping anywhere for the Recents button.

This is just a handful of the great features coming with Android N. Once the full release is available, you will truly see why Android is the best!

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Google Play Store Problems – 4 Easy Fixes

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.


Micro SD Card for Android Device RAM Boost

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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!

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2015 Best New Android Apps

Everyday android developers publish a mountain of android apps in the Play Store. Only few are worth keeping for long-term use. Let’s turn our attention to some great apps released 2015. If you did not get a chance anmost of allytime during the year, take the time now to check them out.


There are times people just want to connect with other people that are using same devices and apps, but should they be hunted down on social media or forums? No! All you need to do is use AppChat. It’s simple, it makes a chatroom for all apps on your tablet or phone. You log in, chat with users, you even have the option of sharing files. The best part is that its totally free!


Keyboards for Androids are much improved in last couple years, but they still are not as fast as computer keyboards. First of all, Texpand saves a lot of tedious typing. Create custom shortcuts that you can use anywhere text is input. Make your own shortcut abbreviations by using the app that fills while text you choose when you type. For example, use Texpand to add your full address and have it inserted by using an abbreviation such as “adr”. It supports date, time, and current contents of clipboard. The first 10 phrases are free, after that you need to pay $2.99 for pro version.


Image editor app, Google’s Snapseed, received a complete v2.0 overhaul in 2015.  This app includes all basic editing tools, such as rotation, cropping, transformations, color levels, along with a great selection of effects and filters. If your phone takes RAW images, Snapseed handles it with enhanced editing. Most of all, Spapseed makes non-destructive edits.  Your original file is not touched and is left for you just in case you decide to go back to it later on. This is a great free app!

Manual Camera

Android 5.0 Lollipop added a new camera API. Apps now finally have full access to sensor data. This means that people that have certain devices can take greater photos than apps that only reprocess the JPEG that gets spit out by the system app. Developers released this app in 2015 to be able to full advantage of the API. Manual camera supports ISO, manual zoom, RAW capture, white balance, and much more. The user interface is fast and easy to use. This app is only $2.99!