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3 years ago

How to silence your phone in Froyo

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3 years ago

How To: Update your preferred roaming list (PRL) on your CDMA device

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 A Cellphone Tower

Is your phone not holding calls where it previously had a strong signal?  If you have a CDMA device like those found on Sprint and Verizon, you may need to update your Preferred Roaming List (PRL).

The PRL is a list that allows your phone to roam off of towers that are not part of your native network, such as a sprint phone connecting to a former Alltel tower if none of its own are available.  Because roaming agreements are constantly changing and new towers are added all the time, it's important to keep this list up to date.

For most CDMA carriers (including Verizon), you can update your PRL by dialing *228 and selecting the appropriate option.  For example, on a Verizon phone you dial *228 and then select option 2 and listen to the horrible programming music while your phone downloads the latest PRL.

For Sprint, there are two options.  The first is to contact Sprint Customer Service and get your account approved for an update and then dial *2 and follow the instructions.  If you have an Android device, you can also check your PRL by tapping Home > Menu > Settings > System updates > Update PRL. (Thanks milominderbinder) 

With Verizon prepping its LTE launch and Sprint lighting up new WIMAX markets, both carriers are spending a lot of time and resources ensuring their current 3G networks are optimized.  This means a lot of adjustments to which towers cover a specific location, as well as the addition of new towers to handle additional traffic.  Because of this, it's a good idea to update your PRL at least once a month so your phone will always have access to the best coverage available in your area. [Via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Google shutting down Nexus One forum, but ours is still here to help!

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Google Nexus One

The bad news: Google is shutting down its Nexus One help forums, moving things to a read-only status starting Nov. 1. [via Android Guys] The good news: Our Nexus One forums aren't going anywhere, and we have a plethora of people ready to help you with any questions or hacks. That said, we're more than a little sad because the Nexus One obviously is being shown the door by Google. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. So long, little guy.

More on the Nexus One in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Epic 4G modded to charge on Palm Touchstone

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I think we can admit that we're all just a bit jealous of Palm's Touchstone charging station. The act of simply plugging your phone into its charger doesn't pose any real challenge, and it's nothing new in the world of electronic devices. But there's no cool factor there, and fumbling around for your charger in the dark is no fun.

Perhaps that's what drove forum member d94 to sacrifice his warranty, time, and potentially his Epic 4G to bring us this impressive mod. In the nine pictures posted in his thread, it almost looks like an easy mod with minimal soldering and "Oh god I hope I don't break this" moments. Perhaps an easy task for the seasoned modder.

According to d94, not a single one of the Epic's basic functions had to be sacrificed for this mod either. The charging LED still behaves the same way, and when mounted in his car, GPS is fully functional.

So if your Epic 4G has had to sit on the sidelines while the Evo 4G got comfy on the Touchstone, here is your chance! Get into his thread and get to work. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

How to fix stuck app downloads [From the Forums]

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the hidden .android _secure file

Having issues with applications from the Market not downloading, or stalling during installation?  There's a fix that might help, and we've detailed it in the forums.  It's not complicated, doesn't require root or any real hackery, and we've even covered the method to make the fix stick so you aren't doing it every time an application wants to install itself to your SD card.  It all circles around the .android_secure folder on your SD card, which is the place applications using the "install to SD card method" that comes along with Froyo want and need to be. 

Hit the forums and have a look, because even if you're not having problems now, you never know when they might spring up.  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Adding signatures to Gmail accounts

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GMail signaturesNot everyone uses signatures for their daily email, but many people find it invaluable. You can use anything from a simple name or favorite saying all the way up to including contact info and work position. Or, you can do anything in between.

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3 years ago

Stop that annoying VCAST popup

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3 years ago

What happens when you apply an update

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A question we're asked over and over is "When I get the Froyo/Gingerbread update, will it erase my phone?" The short answer is that it shouldn't. When you get an over-the-air (read: official) update, it's more of a surgical strike than a carpet bombing.

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3 years ago

How-To: Sync music and videos from your computer (aka iTunes)

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iTunes to Android

 

Lets face it: syncing your music and videos in Android is nowhere near as simple as with certain "i"-named devices. However, many of you (myself included) may use iTunes to manage and purchase your music and podcasts. There are a couple great solutions to get your media from your computer to your phone with playlists intact. Keep in mind that any DRMed music will not work on your Android phone. Apple switched over to DRM-free music awhile back, so it is likely only much older songs will have that issue. There are some ways to remove DRM from song files, but I will not go into it here (feel free to Google search for a way to do it, though). Join me past the break for all the hot syncin' action.

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3 years ago

Change clock to 24-hour time

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24-hour clockIf you're used to getting up at O'dark-thirty and go to bed sometime around 2100, you might want to switch your clock over to 24-hour time.

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3 years ago

Cease app update notifications

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Android Update notificationsIn Android 2.2, you have the option to allow applications to automatically update themselves. And that's a good thing.

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3 years ago

Evo 4G update is pushing out now, here's how to manually update

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 Evo 4G OTA update

So the maintenance release for the Evo 4G -- you know, the one that tackles the 30fps thing, among other fixes -- is finally starting to hit phones. But if your Evo's wearing a sad face, you can update it manually. Don't worry, it's the same update you'd get if you did it over the air. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Download the update from this link.
  2. Rename it to update.zip (but be sure not to rename it update.zip.zip). Save it to your Evo's microSD card.
  3. Time to reboot into recovery mode. Turn the phone off. Then hold the volume down button, and press the power button. You should boot to a white screen with three Android guys on skateboards.
  4. Use the volume button to select RECOVERY, and press the power button again. The Evo will now reboot into recovery. You should see a render of a phone, with a red triangle and exclamation point.
  5. Hold the volume up button and press the power button. Choose applysdcard:update.zip. Let it do its thing.

Reboot, and that's it. You've manually updated your Evo 4G. No muss, no fuss, and no waiting. Now head on into our Evo 4G forums and share what you find.

Update: You want graphics benchmarks? After the break, folks.

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4 years ago

How to manually update your Epic 4G

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 Sprint Epic 4G DI07 update

The Sprint Epic 4G is in the midst of an over-the-air system update -- bugfixes, mostly, and not Froyo just yet, though Samsung's Media Hub is now enabled. But if you just can't stand to wait any longer (that'd be a good many of you, we reckon), Andrew Ruffolo in the Android Central Forums has brought us the manual method. All you have to do is download a file move it to your SD card, and follow a couple of instructions. Easy as pie, and it's the same as getting the OTA update, only no waiting. Check it out at the source link. [Android Central Forums]

Update: Video of the OTA process is after the break if you're into that sort of thing.

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4 years ago

Bypass activation on your Android device

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Android activation bypassIf you have multiple Android phones, you might now always want keep each device active. But that doesn't mean it's a paperweight. But resetting a phone brings you back to the pesky activation screen in many cases. Luckily you are able to bypass this so that you can access all the features within the phone, without having to actually activate it on your account.

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4 years ago

Linking individual contacts with Sense and TouchWiz

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Linking contacts in SenseSyncing contacts with services like Facebook and Google Contacts is a built in feature of Android, and most users set it up when they get a new phone (Watch Phil set up a Droid Incredible here, 3:55 is where the Facebook stuff starts). HTC's Sense UI and Samsung's TouchWiz improve this functionality by letting users edit links for each individual contact after setting up your phone. So, for instance, say you have a contact on your phone simply named "Bob" but you are friends with "Bob" on Facebook, where his full name "Robert Smith" is listed. Normally, these accounts won't be linked by Android during the initial setup. Using Sense or TouchWiz, however, makes linking the two is easy as pie. 

  1. Open up your contacts app and goto the person you want to link.
  2. In Sense, the link button is in the top right (pictured right). In TouchWiz, it is an option found by scrolling down under the "Info" tab (see the picture after the break).
  3. Clicking on either button will take you to a linked contacts editing screen, where you can search for another contact to link to the one you already have selected. This can be from Facebook, Google Contacts, or a phone contact.
  4. Click on the person or account you want linked, and the software will do its thing. You can link multiple accounts together if you so desire.
  5. Linking a Facebook contact will bring in some cool pieces of info, including birthday (if the person has it on their account) and their profile picture. Nifty!

This is one of the few areas where manufacturer UI customizations really improve Android, and is a feature we would like to see implemented by Google in the future. Click past the break to see a screen shot of TouchWiz doing its thing. Thanks to Bryan for the TouchWiz screenshot from his Vibrant!

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