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10 months ago

How to add, replace, and delete trackers in the Fitbit app

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The more, the merrier! Add Fitbit trackers to your Dashboard or replace old ones for shiny new ones!

You may have more than one Fitbit device, depending on the day. Or, you may have recently upgraded and are chucking out the Flex for the heavy duty Surge. Either way, you'll want to pair your new device with the Fitbit app and maybe even replace your old device. The Fitbit app lets you do both and we're here to walk you through it!

How to add a tracker in the Fitbit app on Android

If you have a second Fitbit device or you're sharing your Fitbit account with someone else, like your child, you may want to add another device to your Fitbit app. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button button on the top left of the screen. It looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Devices.

    Launch Fitbit app, tap menu, tap devices

  4. Tap the add button on the top right of the screen. It's the plus sign.
  5. Tap Add a new Device.
  6. Tap the Fitbit model you wish to pair with your Fitbit app.

    Tap add button, add a new device, Fitbit model you wish to add

From here, setting up your new device is the same as it was the first time. Thankfully, we've got a complete guide on how to set up and start using your Fitbit.

How to replace trackers in the Fitbit app on Android

The replace function in the Fitbit app is for when you have replaced your specific Fitbit model with another of the same model. So, maybe your Flex finally gave out or you were working out so hard, that you didn't notice it fly out of your wristband and you crushed it with your energy legs. You loved the Flex, so you bought another one. Here's how to replace it in the Fitbit app:

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button button on the top left of the screen. It looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Devices.
  4. Tap the add button on the top right of the screen. It's the plus sign.

    Tap menu, devices, add button

  5. Tap Replace (device name).
  6. Tap Replace Your Old (device name) at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Tap Next at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap replace, replace your old device, next

From there you'll have to set up and start using your new Fitbit.

How to delete trackers in the Fitbit app on Android

Uh-oh. You've worked out so much that you can now crush coal into diamond between your thighs. You drop your Fitbit, but it falls between your legs, so you squeeze to stop it from falling. Bye-bye Fitbit. What I'm getting at here is that your Fitbit is busted and you have no need for it in your Fitbit app anymore. Here's how to delete it:

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the top left of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Devices.

    Launch Fitbit app, tap menu, tap devices

  4. Tap and hold on the device that you want to delete.
  5. Tap unpair.
  6. Tap unpair again.

    Hold and tap the device, tap unpair, unpair

That's it. Your device is removed. If you had synced said device just before removal and realize you want to re-pair it at a later date, that data will be there waiting for you.

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10 months ago

How to set up and start using your Fitbit

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Track your way to your fitness goals using Fitbit!

Whatever your reason, you've to decided to track your fitness. Depending on your model, Fitbit lets you track steps, sleep, heart rate, and more. The handy app also helps you out with nutrition and meeting weight goals. All you need to do is download the Fitbit app and set up your account. And away we go!

How to download the Fitbit app for Android

The first step with any fitness tracker is to set things up and get connected. Your Fitbit connects to your Android device via Bluetooth and the Fitbit app, which you can use to track your progress, set alarms, and follow friends.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves; let's just start with downloading the Fitbit app. Here we go!

  1. Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search bar.
  3. Type Fitbit into the search field.
  4. Tap the search button on the bottom right of your screen. It's the magnifying glass.

    Tap the search bar, type Fitbit, tap search.

  5. Tap on the listing for Fitbit. It should be the top result and will list "Fitbit, Inc" as the developer.
  6. Tap Install.
  7. Tap Accept to allow Fitbit access to the listed information

    Tap Fitbit, Fitbit Inc., install, accept

There you have it! Fitbit, on your phone. Now you'll be able to sync your progress and keep track of your fitness goals on the go.

How to set up your Fitbit account on Android

You've got your Fitbit. You've got the Fitbit app. You haven't started exercising yet because you don't have a Fitbit account and no one's holding you accountable. Oh, you don't know how? Well, no more excuses, because here's how!

  1. Launch the Fitbit app from your Home screen or from the app drawer. It's a black circle filled with white and teal dots.
  2. Tap Join Fitbit.
  3. Tap the Fitbit device in the list that you have. The list includes all available Fitbit trackers with a thumbnail and brief description of each one.

    Launch Fitbit, tap Join Fitbit, tap your device

  4. Tap Set up your (device). There will be a picture of your particular Fitbit and the specific name will be shown.
  5. Enter your email address and create a password.
  6. Tap the checkbox next to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy agreement.

    Tap set up your device, enter email address and password, tap to agree

  7. Tap Create an account.
  8. Enter your information in the fields provided.

    Note: If you need to change your units of measurement, tap on the unit to the right of the entry fields.

    Tap create account, enter your information, tap dropdowns to change units of measurement

  9. Tap the Gender bar.
  10. Tap your gender.
  11. Tap Done.

    Tap the gender bar, tap your gender, tap done

  12. Tap Save at the bottom of the screen.
  13. Tap OK if you are prompted to turn on your Bluetooth. Fitbit requires a Bluetooth connection in order to sync.
  14. Tap Next at the bottom of the screen, to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

    Tap save, OK, next.

You now have an account with Fitbit. You'll still have to pair your device with the app, which is a process that continues directly from the account setup, so follow along with the next few steps!

How to pair your Fitbit with the Fitbit app

  1. Tap Next through the setup screens. These will show you how to charge and care for your specific Fitbit. Read through the information on each screen to learn more about your device.
  2. Wait for the Fitbit app to search for your Fitbit device.

    Tap next through the set up screens, wait for Fitbit to search

  3. Verify your Fitbit tracker.
    • Enter the code that appears on your Fitbit's screen, if you have a Zip, Charge, Charge HR, Surge, Blaze, Alta, or One (shown below).
    • If you have a Fitbit Flex, tap the band when prompted.
  4. Tap Install Update Now if the Fitbit app prompts you. Chances are, if you've just bought your Fitbit, there will be a software update.

    Enter the code, tap install update

  5. Wait while your device pairs with the app.
  6. Tap Done at the bottom of the screen.

    Wait while your device pairs, tap done

Just like that, your Fitbit is paired with the Fitbit app and you're ready to conquer the world or fitness… Or, be shamed into doing so by a rubber device on your wrist! Either way, get out there and try it out. You just might like it!

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10 months ago

Root for your team in Super Bowl 50 with these custom Android themes

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February is here, and that means it's time for the biggest game of the year.

Yep, it's Super Bowl time! You've got the big screen, you've got the snack foods, you've got the booze. But you're still missing something. Sure, you've got the body paint and jerseys ready to wear on game day, but what does your phone have? Well, you can douse it in a winning coat of team spirit to and show your support for your team, be it the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers.

Here's our game plan:

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10 months ago

How to customize Samsung Email

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Let your personality shine!

Samsung Email lets you change your experience to fit your personality. You can edit your signature, change how your name appears on the messages you send, and even change the sounds that play when a message arrives.

How to change your signature in Samsung Email

You're not stuck letting everyone know that you're sending a message from your Samsung device. You can make your signature anything you like.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts at the bottom of the menu.
  4. Tap on the email account you want to edit.

    Launch email app and select account

  5. Tap on signature.
  6. Tap on edit signature.
  7. Type whatever you want for your signature.
  8. Tap done.

    how to edit your signature

How to change your display name in Samsung Email

The display name is how your name appears to others on your outgoing messages. You can have your nickname as your display name, your work job title, or whatever else you want.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.

    Launch email app and select account

  4. Tap on the email account you want to edit.
  5. Tap on more settings at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Tap on your name.
  7. Enter your name however you want it in the pop-up.

    how to change your display name

How to change the email notification sounds in Samsung Email

Notification sounds are sounds that play when you receive an email. There are settings in Samsung email that let you change these sounds.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the email account you want to edit.

    Launch email app and select account

  5. Make sure that email notifications is checked.

  6. Tap on notification sound under notification settings. It's about halfway down the screen.
  7. Select the sound you want from the choices in the pop-up and tap ok.

    how to change your notification sounds

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10 months ago

How to download, reply, forward, and delete emails with Samsung Email

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Replies, forwards, and attachments, oh my!

Your grandmother sent you an electronic birthday card. You want to say thanks, but your Samsung Galaxy phone is brand new and you can't figure out what the symbols in Samsung email do. It's simple once you know what they mean.

How to download an attachment in Samsung Email

Your friend is on her honeymoon in Cancun and she just emailed you a bunch of photos of her and her new husband parasailing. How do you view these photos and take in their matrimonial bliss? Easy:

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it..
  2. Open the email message with the attachment.
  3. Tap on the view attachments button. It's an arrow to the right of the attached file. Attached files are located near the top of the email, right under the sender's name.
  4. Tap the download button.

    how to download attachments

The attachment is saved in your downloads folder.

How to reply to to an email with Samsung Email

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Open the message you want to reply to.
  3. Tap on the reply button. It is a curving arrow that points to the left in the left corner of toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Enter your message in the message field.
  5. Tap the send button. It looks like an envelope with a small arrow in its lower right corner and it's in the upper right corner of your screen.

    how to send a reply

How to forward an email with Samsung Email

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Open the email message you want to forward..
  3. Tap on the forwarding button. It is an arrow pointing to the right, in the middle of the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Fill in the To field with the recipient's email address.
  5. Tap the send button. It's in the upper right corner and looks like an envelope with a small arrow in its lower right corner.

    Alternatively, you can tap the contacts button in the top right corner to choose a recipient from your contacts list. It looks like the silhouette of a person's head and shoulders.

    how to forward a message

How to delete an email in Samsung Email

Samsung gives you two ways to delete emails: the first is from your inbox, and the second is from within the email message.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. From your inbox: Swipe your finger to the left or right over the message you want to delete. The words "deleted" and "undo" will appear where the message information had been displayed previously.
  3. From an open email message: Tap the delete button. It looks like a garbage can in the upper right hand corner. The entire message will disappear and the next message in the list will be shown.

    how to delete a message

Your deleted messages are kept in the recycle bin folder (it has a garbage can beside it). If you delete an email from the recycle bin, it will be permanently deleted, disappearing into the ether, never to be seen again.

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10 months ago

How to send emails with Samsung Email

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Send messages faster on the go with Samsung Mail.

Samsung Galaxy phones make it easy to stay in touch with your family, friends, and co-workers while you're on the go. Whether you need to email your boss yesterday's reports on your way into work, or you want to forward silly cat videos to your friends from the bus stop at 4 a.m., you can do it from Samsung Email.

How to compose and send a new email with Samsung Email

You can create and send email messages with just a few taps.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the compose button. It's a picture of a sheet of paper with a pencil on its right side. You'll find it on the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  3. Fill the To field with the recipient's email address. Alternatively, you can tap the contacts button in the top right corner to choose a recipient from your contacts list. It looks like the outline of a person's head and shoulders.
  4. Enter your message in the message field.
  5. Tap the send button. It's in the upper right corner of your screen and looks like an envelope with a small arrow in its lower right corner.

    Launch email app tap compose button tap send button

How to send an attachment with Samsung Email

Helpful for sending annoying memes to your friends, attaching a file to your message is simply a matter of selecting the file you want to send from elsewhere on your device.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the compose button. It's a picture of a sheet of paper with a pencil on its right side. You'll find it on the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the attach button. It looks like a paperclip and is the first icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

    Launch email app tap compose tap attachment

  4. Choose where the file you want to attach is located from the dialog box.
  5. Tap on the file to select it.
  6. Tap done.

    choose file location, select file tap done

  7. Fill in the To field with the email address of the person to whom you want to send the file.
  8. Fill in the Subject line with whatever you want. (Optional)
  9. Tap the send button. It looks like a little envelope with an arrow pointing to the right in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

    how to send a message with an attachment

The attachment appears under the To and Subject fields and marked with the attachment symbol, which is a paperclip. If you decide that you don't want to send an attachment, or you want a different file, simply tap the delete button, which is the red minus sign to the far right of the attached file.

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10 months ago

How to add email accounts to Samsung Email

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Have more than one email address? Samsung Email has got you covered.

Samsung Galaxy phones help you keep your home and work life separate with Samsung Email. You can add multiple email accounts and keep track of them with just one app — no more juggling multiple web browsers to stay on top of your emails.

How to add an IMAP account to Samsung Email

Check with your internet service provider for the server's security type and the port number for incoming and outgoing messages. Most providers post this information online.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the add button. It's a plus sign on the upper right corner of your screen, next to the garbage can.

    launch email app and add account

  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box.

  6. Enter your password.
  7. Choose IMAP for the server type.

    enter email password and pick IMAP server type

  8. Enter your settings per your internet provider for the incoming server.
    • Your username is usually the same as your email address.
    • The IMAP server usually appears in this format: something.somedomain.com/org/net et al. Get this information from your internet service provider.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port is the location where data, email messages in this case, ends up. Ports are denoted as numbers and, again, your internet service provider will tell you which ports to use.
  9. Tap next at the bottom of the incoming settings screen.
  10. Enter the settings per your internet provider for the outgoing server.
    • SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol and is the server used for outgoing messages. It usually takes the form of smtp.somedomain.com/net/org et al. Your internet service provider will have this information as well.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port number is the location from which messages are transmitted. Your internet service provider can give you this information.
  11. Tap next at the bottom of the outgoing settings screen.
  12. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

    enter server settings

The final screen has several options that you can edit, which you can do any time by going into manage accounts and selecting your email address.

How to add a POP account to Samsung Email

Check with your internet service provider for the server's security type and the port number for incoming and outgoing messages. Most providers post this information online.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the add button. It's a plus sign on the upper right corner of your screen, next to the garbage can.

    launch email app and add account

  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box.

  6. Enter your password.
  7. Choose POP3 for the server type.

    Enter email address password and choose pop server

  8. Enter your settings per your internet provider for the incoming server.
    • Your username is usually the same as your email address.
    • The POP3 server usually appears in this format: something.somedomain.com/org/net et al. Get this information from your internet service provider.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port is the location where data, email messages in this case, ends up. Ports are denoted as numbers and, again, your internet service provider will tell you which ports to use.
  9. Tap next at the bottom of the incoming settings screen.
  10. Enter the settings per your internet provider for the outgoing server.
    • SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol and is the server used for outgoing messages. It usually takes the form of smtp.somedomain.com/net/org et al. Your internet service provider will have this information as well.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port number is the location from which messages are transmitted. Your internet service provider can give you this information.
  11. Tap next at the bottom of the outgoing settings screen.
  12. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

    enter server settings

The final screen has several options that you can edit, which you can do any time by going into manage accounts and selecting your email address.

How to add a Microsoft Exchange account to Samsung Email

You'll need information from Microsoft about your account settings. If you can't find this information, contact Microsoft or your IT manager (presumably you have one of those if there's an Exchange account in your life).

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap on the add button. It is a plus sign located in the upper right corner of your screen.

    launch email app and add account

  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box.
  6. Enter your password in the password field.
  7. Tap next.
  8. Choose Microsoft Exchange for the server type.

    Set up ms exchange account

  9. Read and tap ok to accept the user agreement.
  10. Enter your username and settings. You will likely receive these from your network administrator.
    • Your username is whatever was designated when your Microsoft Exchange account as set up.
    • The server is designated by Microsoft and was assigned when your Exchange service was purchased.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption Microsoft uses. If you don't have this information, check online. Microsoft has this information on their Office support website
  11. Tap next at the bottom of the screen.
  12. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

    agree to terms of service

How to delete an account from Samsung Email

If you delete an email account, all of your messages will be erased as well. There is no way to recover this data, so it's a good idea to backup anything important.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts.
  4. Tap and hold the email account you want to delete.
  5. Tap the delete button. It looks like a garbage can in the upper right corner.

    Delete email account

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10 months ago

How to set up your email in Samsung Mail

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Tired of Gmail? Have a Samsung phone? Try Samsung Email.

You have the latest Samsung Galaxy phone in your hands. Yeah! You're itching to try it out. You swipe your finger across the screen and the shiny new icons sparkle across the screen. What's this, you wonder as you notice the Samsung email app. You launch it, but you stop there because you don't know what to do next. Fear not! Here's how you set it up.

How to set up Samsung Email

You'll need your email address and your email password. You might also need some information from your internet service provider about the type of email account you have (POP3, IMAP, or Microsoft Exchange,) security type, and port number. Most providers have this information online.

  1. Launch the Email app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's an envelope with a red "@" over the top of it.
  2. Tap the Menu button. It looks like "☰" in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on manage accounts at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Tap on the add account button. It's a plus sign in the upper right corner beside the garbage can.
  5. Enter your email address into the enter sign-in details box
  6. Enter your password in the password field.

  7. Tap next.
  8. Choose the type of email account. Samsung mail supports POP3, IMAP, or Microsoft Exchange accounts.
  9. Enter your username. This is usually the same as your email address.
  10. Enter your password.

    The next screens ask for information about your email server, such as the security type and port number. Your internet service provider usually posts this information online. Before tapping next on the steps below, make sure that this information is filled in correctly.

  11. Enter your settings per your internet provider for the incoming server.

    • Your username is usually the same as your email address.
    • The IMAP server usually appears in this format: something.somedomain.com/org/net etc.. Get this information from your internet service provider.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port is the location where data, email messages in this case, ends up. Ports are denoted as numbers and, again, your internet service provider will tell you which ports to use.
  12. Tap next at the bottom of the screen.
  13. Enter the settings per your internet provider for the outgoing server.
    • SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol and is the server used for outgoing messages. It usually takes the form of smtp.somedomain.com/net/org etc.. Your internet service provider will have this information as well.
    • The security type refers to the type of data encryption your internet service provider uses. Again, your internet service provider has this information.
    • The port number is the location from which messages are transmitted. Your internet service provider can give you this information.
  14. Tap next at the bottom of the screen.
  15. Enter a name for your email account. It defaults to your email address.
  16. Enter how your name will be shown on your outgoing messages.
  17. Tap done at the bottom of the screen.

If you skip some options, you can go back and change them any time by going into manage accounts and selecting your email address.

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10 months ago

Galaxy App store settings you need to know

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Important settings in Galaxy Apps, the Samsung app store

Downloading all the apps that'll fit on your phone or tablet is probably the best part of owning a Samsung mobile device. It's great to pump it full of games and other apps that interest you and it's great to keep these apps up-to-date and working at full capacity. Here are some settings that you should take into account when using Galaxy Apps.

Galaxy App store settings you need to know

Accessing the Samsung store's settings is quick and easy. Here's how:

  1. Launch Galaxy Apps from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a rounded, white square with an upside-down rainbow and the word "Galaxy" on it.
  2. Tap Galaxy Apps on the top left of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings on the list.
  4. Toggle the switch next to each setting to turn them on or off. Green is on; grey is off.

From here you can change all of the settings within Galaxy Apps. Here are a few that should matter to you.

Auto update apps

By turning this setting on, you can have the apps you've downloaded update automatically, which will help keep your apps as up to date and bug-free as possible.

You have the option to have them update over wi-fi only or to update whenever an update is available, which could lead to data charges. There's more to this, so you should check out our guide to downloading and updating apps through Galaxy Apps.

Purchase Protection

When turned on, Purchase Protection will prompt you to enter a password prior to buying paid content.

This can be extremely handy when you have a credit card registered with Galaxy Apps and you also have little kids with itchy trigger fingers using your devices. Keep Purchase Protection turned on and your password a secret and you shouldn't have a problem only making the purchases that you choose to.

App update notifications

If you like keeping track of application updates, this can be managed easily by toggling App update notifications on and off in the settings menu.

If left on, you'll get a push notification every time an app updates. If you're waiting for a text from that special someone, only to rush to your phone to discover that S Health has been updated, you may be a little like a pig that's lost its voice (disgruntled). In that case, save yourself the hassle and just turn them off.

Push Notifications

Push Notifications, when left on, will notify you of promotions and other information from the Samsung app store.

If you've been wanting a paid app for quite some time, but don't want to shell out the full cost, then it may be wise to leave Push Notifications turned on, so that you can keep up to date on sales and that sort of thing. If you really don't care and get phone rage whenever arbitrary notifications pop up, turn them off.

Save recent searches

Turned on by default, this option logs your searches in the Samsung app store so you can come back to them later.

This is a convenient setting for when you've been searching for days for the perfect app, you've finally found it, but it's $1.99, and you haven't yet registered a credit card. By leaving this setting on, you can search for apps, close the Samsung app store, and come right back to where you were at a later time.

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10 months ago

How to download and update apps through Galaxy Apps on your Samsung phone or tablet

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Galaxy Apps — Samsung's app store — makes it easy to find and download apps and games right to your Samsung phone or tablet!

If you want the most out your device, you'll want to download apps that reflect your interests and needs. Perhaps you'd also like the ability to sync certain apps with those already built into your phone or tablet.

How to find apps in Galaxy Apps

Some of you may be seasoned app hunters and just want to know how to get the fun onto your device. If that's you, skip ahead to, "How to download apps from Galaxy Apps."

  1. Launch Galaxy Apps from your Home screen or by tapping Apps on the bottom right of the screen. It's a rounded, white square with an upside-down rainbow and the word "Galaxy" on it.
  2. Find the app you want to download.
    • Tap Category to view apps in groups like "Games," "Social & Communication," and "Photography."
    • Tap Best Picks or swipe left to view Samsung-recommended apps.
    • Tap For Galaxy or swipe left to view apps that are available exclusively to Samsung users.
    • Tap Top or swipe left to view the highest-rated apps in the store. To view paid content, tap Top free to drop down and select Top paid.
    • Tap Search at the top right of the screen to search for apps by name
  3. Tap the app to view app information and reviews.

How to download apps from Galaxy Apps

Some apps will require payment. For instructions on how to set up payment methods, check out How to get started with Galaxy Apps, the Samsung store.

  1. Tap Install if you wish to install the app. Tap the arrow icon next to the app if you want to just download the app and don't need to view its info.
  2. Enter your Samsung account password, if prompted.
  3. Tap Accept and Download, once you've read over the app's terms and conditions.
  4. Tap Open once the app has downloaded.

The app should create its own Home screen shortcut once you open it for the first time. If it does not, you can drag it to the Home screen from the app drawer.

How to delete apps from the Samsung app store

You can delete apps you've downloaded from the Samsung app store the same way you would delete any other app! Here's how: How to delete Galaxy Apps from your Samsung phone

How to update apps in the Samsung app store

Do you like buggy apps? Do you love it when your high score goes out the window when your game crashes? Of course not! Keep your Samsung apps up-to-date! Here's how:

How to manually update apps that you've downloaded from the Samsung store

There are two ways to make sure your apps are up to date. Here's how you manually update apps that you've downloaded from the Samsung app store.

  1. Launch Galaxy Apps from your Home screen or by tapping Apps on the bottom right of the screen. It's a rounded, white square with an upside-down rainbow and the word "Galaxy" on it.
  2. Tap Galaxy Apps on the top left of the screen.

  3. Tap My apps on the list.
  4. Tap Updates to see if there are any apps that require updating.
  5. Tap Update All if there are multiple apps that require updating or tap the app you want to update on its own and tap Update.

How to automatically update apps that you've download from Galaxy Apps

The easiest way to keep your app from the Samsung app store udpated is to simply turn on automatic updates. Here's how to set automatic updates to fit your needs.

  1. Launch Galaxy Apps from your Home screen or by tapping Apps on the bottom right of the screen. It's a rounded, white square with an upside-down rainbow and the word "Galaxy" on it.
  2. Tap Galaxy Apps on the top left of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings on the list.

  4. Tap Auto update apps and select an option.

    • Tap Via Wi-Fi only if you only want apps to update when your device is connected to a wi-fi network.
    • Tap Whenever available if you want apps to update even when connected to your mobile network. Keep in mind that data charges may apply, depending on your plan.

  5. Tap Auto update Samsung Galaxy Apps
  6. Select either Via Wi-Fi only or Whenever available as mentioned above.

Now, apps downloaded via the Samsung app store will update without you having to manually keep track of them every day. Just watch out for pesky data charges, should you choose to update whenever an update is available.

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10 months ago

How to get started with Galaxy Apps, the Samsung store

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Creating a Samsung account and delving into the world of Samsung exclusives is a great way to get the most out of your Galaxy phone or tablet.

Samsung offers a wide variety of exclusive apps and games that are designed specifically for your Samsung device. Want access to exclusive offers, perks, and customer support? Create a Samsung account. Here's how:

How to create a Samsung account using your Samsung phone or tablet

You can create a Samsung account from scratch, or log in using your existing Google account credentials.

It's likely that you already have a Google account that you may have set up while setting up your Android device: however, it's not necessary. If you don't have one, skip ahead to, "If you don't have a Google account."

How to create a Samsung Account using your Google account, like Gmail

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen or app drawer. It's the silver and blue gear-shaped icon.
  2. Tap User and backup to expand the menu.
  3. Tap Accounts on the left.

  4. Tap Add account at the bottom of the menu.
  5. Tap Samsung account in the list of account types.

  6. Tap Create Account With Google ID.
  7. Enter your information in the fields provided.
  8. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  9. Tap Agree on the bottom right of the screen.

How to create a Samsung account if you don't have a Google account

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen. It's the silver and blue gear-shaped icon.
  2. Tap User and backup to expand the menu.
  3. Tap Accounts on the left.

  4. Add account at the bottom of the menu.
  5. Tap Samsung account in the list of account types.

  6. Tap Create Account.
  7. Tap Use Your Facebook Info and follow the prompts, if you wish to create your account using information from your Facebook account.
  8. Enter your information in the fields provided.
  9. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  10. Tap Agree on the bottom right of the screen.

How to create a Samsung account using a web browser

  1. Open Samsung's account page.
  2. Click Sign Up to start the creation process.
  3. Follow the onscreen prompts to create a Samsung account.

You'll now be able to sign in to your Samsung account on any device that should require it and have access to all the Samsung goodies that your device and Samsung have to offer.

How to set up payment in the Samsung app store

  1. Launch the Galaxy Apps app from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a rounded, white square with an upside-down rainbow and the word "Galaxy" on it.
  2. Tap Galaxy Apps on the top left of the screen to open the menu.
  3. Tap Sign in to your Samsung account if you are not signed in. If you do not have a Samsung account, see the instructions above.
  4. Tap the credit card icon on the upper right of the screen. It'll be right next your e-mail address on the screen.

  5. Tap Register on the bottom right of the pop-up.
  6. Tap Register Credit Card on the next pop-up.
  7. Enter your credit card info in the fields provided.
  8. Tap Register.

Now you'll be able to download any app in the Samsung app store, paid or free. To avoid any unwanted spending, you'll be prompted to enter your password each time you wish to make a purchase.

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10 months ago

How to use custom icon packs in your launcher

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Every app has an icon, but thanks to icon packs you don't have to stick with the one it came with.

There are plenty of reasons to use a custom icon pack. Maybe you want your icons to match your totally awesome theme. Maybe you want all your icons to look consistent. Maybe you just want the apps on your new phone to look like they did on your old phone. Maybe you want to disguise your apps so your co-workers won't get into anything you don't want them to.

Whatever your needs, there are icon packs out there for you. Here's how to use them.

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10 months ago

The best Android launchers for theming customizations

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Android is all about choices, and nowhere is this more clear than your home screen. Not only can you choose what you do and do not want on your home screen, but you can choose which launcher app runs that home screen. There's no shortage of launchers trying their hardest to be the one that you call your home... screen. Some are simple inside and out, others offer a myriad of options and customizations. Some are geared towards function rather than form, but the best launchers keep both in mind.

Launchers are important, because each has its own specific quirks, limitations, and methods. Setting a theme in Nova Launcher is different than setting a theme in Buzz Launcher. Folders work differently in Action Launcher 3 than they do in Hola Launcher. So let's run down the options together and find the best launcher and theming options for you!

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11 months ago

Google Drive is an Android themer's best friend

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The best tool in a themer's app drawer isn't a launcher or a widget. It's the cloud.

When developing a theme, you tend to gather a lot of elements. Wallpapers, widget configurations, sounds, custom icons, launcher layouts… they all add up. You need a place where you can keep things organized and access them across your devices. You need a place to sync up the custom icons from your desktop to the phone you intend to use them on. You need a place to share them when someone asks how you pulled your theme off.

You need Google Drive.

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11 months ago

How to set up a Project Fi data-only SIM with your tablet

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Project Fi on a tablet

Bring the great Project Fi experience to your connected tablet, too.

After several months as a phone-only service, Project Fi recently introduced a new "data-only SIM" option to let you share your existing Fi account and data usage with your LTE-enabled tablet. This is pretty standard stuff if you're comparing to the other big carriers in the U.S., but for Project Fi it's always exciting to get new features.

If you're a Project Fi user (or are about to be one) you'll want to know how this all works — here's how you add a tablet to your account.

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