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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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

How to get that perfect blurry Christmas light look from your Android camera

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Have fun with the camera on your phone, especially during the holidays.

We've all seen those incredible photos where the background is a series of soft, blurry lights that come together to form the iconic Christmas tree. The truly great versions of these photos are usually taken with very nice professional cameras, but you can also get this effect with the camera in your Android phone. With all of the great cameras on phones running Android this year, there's more than a couple of you out there looking to take these photos whenever the opportunity arises.

Here's a quick tutorial on capturing these photos with your phone, and the apps that will help make it easy.

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1 year ago

How to check data usage with Google OnHub

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Sometimes you need to know how much data you're using on your home network, or how much a single device is using out of the total. With Google's OnHub routers, it's easy.

Like most everything else about the OnHub "ecosystem" (yeah, I'm tired of that word, too) you do this right from the Google On app. So grab your phone, fire up the Google On app and let's see how it's done.

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1 year ago

How to set a Priority Device in Google OnHub

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Most modern routers and other home networking equipment allow you to set a specific connected device to have a higher priority than other devices on the network. This means that bandwidth is reserved for this particular device, and it won't have to wait in line while other requests are being served.

Google's OnHub routers support this, and they call it a Priority Device, and it easy to set one for a specific amount of time.

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1 year ago

Pixel C keyboard shortcuts

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Pixel C keyboard

Google's Pixel C tablet has a couple really good keyboard options available for it. They're surprisingly spacious for a mobile typing mechanism, and the keys have a pretty good feel to them.

But one way Google got the keyboards to be as good as they are was to do without some of the less common secondary functionality. Some symbols have been moved. And others are missing altogether. And so you'll want to learn some keyboard shortcuts on the Pixel C.

Then there's the matter of navigating Android itself. There's no trackpad on these keyboards, so you'll have to lift your hands from the keys and peck at the screen more than you might like. Or, you can once again use some Pixel C keyboard shortcuts.

Google has a good cheat sheet that's worth taking a look at. But here are the Pixel C keyboard shortcuts we think you need to know above all others:

For navigating Android

  • Home — Search + Enter
  • Back — Search + Backspace
  • Recent apps — Alt + Tab (same as it ever was)

Missing symbols

  • Brackets — Use three dots + o for left bracket [, three dots + p for right bracket ]
  • Back slash — Three dots + equals =
  • Escape — When would you use this? We don't know. But it lives at three dots + 1

Default apps

Android sets defaults for a number of applications types — default browser, email client, messenger, etc. And there are keyboard shortcuts for launching them, which can be handy. Those shortcuts are:

  • Browser — Search + b
  • Search Search + l
  • Contacts — Search + c
  • Email — Search + e
  • Messenger — Search + t
  • Music — Search + p

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1 year ago

Using manual video controls on the LG V10

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You'll find that everyone has an opinion when we talk about which Android phone is the best. That's a good thing, because it means we have plenty of choices to consider when we're spending that money we work so hard to make. One thing that most people can agree with, though, is that the LG V10 has one of the best cameras on any mobile phone you can buy today.

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1 year ago

Snap Video on the LG V10 is easy and a lot of fun

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There are a lot of ways to take a few short video clips and build them into something better. We first saw the concept from HTC with their Highlight feature, and since we've seen companies like Motorola and Google do the same. LG uses what they call Snap Video on the V10, and it's another awesome camera feature that's easy to use and is a lot of fun.

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1 year ago

Direct Share makes it even easier to share to your contacts in Android

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Direct Share will be a great way to decrease steps between actions, eventually.

No other mobile OS handles interactions between apps quite as well as Android. With the release of Android 6.0, Google took this idea and went one step further. We use dozens of apps every day, several for communication. Instead of sharing everything to everyone every time, it makes a lot of sense to make it easy to share something with a single person, especially someone we communicate with on a regular basis.

The function is called Direct Share, and it makes it incredibly easy to share something from just about any app directly to someone you talk to on a regular basis. Here's how it works.

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1 year ago

Get your phone ready for The Force Awakens with these great Star Wars themes

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The Force is strong with these themes...

It's almost here. We've already got our tickets ordered. We've watched the original trilogy a dozen times. Some of us already have placeholders in line outside the theater. Because if there was ever a time to pay someone to stand in line for you, this is it.

Here at Android Central, we're excited for The Force Awakens, but since not all of us can buy Star Wars edition Droid Turbo 2s, we're going to help you with the next best thing: Star Wars themes for the phone you're already rocking.

Here's what you'll need to assemble your theme:

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