Android

I just became a Facebook for Android Beta Tester

Tonight I just signed up to be a Facebook Android Beta Tester. Signup was quick and simple and I am very interested to see what’s new and help report issues found during my time testing. And as always; I’ll share what I find with you all.

To sign up simply follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/mobile/android_beta/

Delete Google Play App History

I have been thinking about this for a while, how I could delete those apps that I have downloaded but never intend to use “EVER” again. And if you one day decided to restore all of your apps, those come along with it. No Bueno, my friends.

I have looked up and down the Google Play Store via my PC and couldn’t find a way to do this. So I turned my focus to my phone. Yes; I found it… So say goodbye to that insanely long apps list by doing the following:

  1. Launch the Play Store App
  2. Tap the menu button and choose “My Apps”
  3. At the “My Apps” menu choose “ALL” – Here you will see a list of all the apps you ever installed; wow I have downloaded a lot of apps in my past.

For the apps that are no installed you can simply click the (X) in the upper right corner to remove the app. You can select multiple apps by holding down one of the apps (phone will vibrate) and you can continue to select multiple apps until you’re ready to delete them all in one swift click.

I hope this has helped you.

– Jermal

Android Testing Mode: *#*#4636#*#*

As always I am tinkering with my Android Phone devices for something new and fun to play with. Tonight I came across the following code: *#*#4636#*#* on the Galaxy S4 that takes me into a testing mode. Everything from DNS, Network, Wireless Radios and I can even toggle my carrier modes …

This is just one of many not so secret codes; I am sure there are apps to find more. For now this is one I find useful. Feel free to email or hit me up on the social networks if you know of more.

Android Device Manager

Attn: Rachel

If you lost your phones, perhaps it was stolen; or your simply want to track your teen on his / her android phone or device. Google has a solution for that with its new Android Device Manager. With the Android Device Manager you can:

  • Ring your device: this allows you to cause your phone to ring and keep ringing to help you locate it. Even if you had the sounds turned off.
  • Erase your device: this allows you to remotely wipe your device to protect your data from getting into unwanted hands, e.g self shots of you in that bikini you trying on at the mall
  • Locate the device: this allows you to pull up a real time map of your device. And this is very accurate; so much its scary. If you have a pre-teen / teen with an account that you have access to, it makes it very simple to track their location.

So if you’re an Android user, I would highly suggest you set this up.

Android Device Manager: Unknown Location

Today I wanted to have some fun with the new Android Device Manager and find my phone to test out this new feature. I ran into a snag when I logged in. The site was unable to find my device, giving me the message: “Unknown Location”.

If your like me and want to correct this, you can do the following:

  1. Open Google Settings from your device’s apps menu.
  2. Touch Android Device Manager.
  3. Uncheck Allow remote factory reset.
  4. Go to your device’s main Settings menu, then touch Apps > All > Google Play services.
  5. Touch Clear Data.
  6. Go back to Google Settings and select Allow remote factory reset.
  7. Restart your device.

 

Once done you should be able to locate your Android device.