Sunday, May 25, 2014

Auto Screen On - Turns On screen without touching the buttons

Is your phone's power button not working? Is it becoming a big problem to turn on your screen using your sticky power button? If Yes then this app will do the trick.

Power button is the most used button to turn on the phone's screen. Sometime we may also use Home button to turn on the screens. But if you don't wanna use these buttons to increase the buttons' life,  you can go for Auto Screen On app which uses g-sensor or proximity sensor to turn on your phone's screen. 

A very simple app which works on the phones which has either of the above said two sensors.

For g-sensor: When the screen is off, pick up the device horizontally, then the screen would auto wake up.
For proximity sensor: When the screen is off, approach the sensor, then the screen would auto wake up.

Sounds simple?. Yes, its very simple.

Types of sensors

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Transfer any type of file with no limits using 'Send Anywhere'

You might have noticed in Android phones that you will not be able to transfer files such as word documents, spreadsheet documents, .apk files, system files, .exe files, etc. to a person through internet using the apps we use for chatting. Chatting apps allows us to share only photos, videos and audios.

The only way to send these type of files is through emails which would be really frustrating when we try using web browsers and email apps in android phones. Moreover this is a pain taking process in low end phones.

So to over come this issue, here comes an app called Send Anywhere
This is a excellent app to share any type of file or even folder to anyone with or without Send Anywhere installed in their phones. It uses SSL encryption and is secured to share files. The most happiest news is that there is no limitation on file size, but storage expiration time for uploaded files is limited to 24hrs (up to 48hrs from a change in app settings). i.e., the file will be stored in their servers for a maximum of upto 48 hours.

Wanna send a file from an android phone to a friend who doesn't have a phone?. Send Anywhere is a cross-platform app which allows file transfer from Android to Android / iPhone / iPad / PC and from Android / iPhone / iPad / PC to Android.

Send all kind of files and even folders

Receive files by a Key or using QR code

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Turning Off unwanted apps in Android phones

With the introduction of the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Google provided a wonderful feature of Turning Off/Disabling apps. 

The reason you may want to turn off an app could be because the app is a bloatware or it is never being used at all. Most of the phones comes with pre-installed apps called bloatware, they cannot be uninstalled by a simple 'uninstall'. Bloatwares could be really annoying when it slows down your phone or when it gives some unwanted notifications while running continuously in the background consuming your RAM.

Let's take a look at how to turn off an app. The navigation shown below is from Samsung Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.3. Navigation for other phones could vary a little.

Go to Settings --> Application manager --> Select an app which you need to Turn Off/Disable --> Click Turn Off/Disable

The app which is demonstrated here is S Voice. NOTE that by simply turning off a system app may cause serious problems to your phone. Do not turn off an app unless you are sure what you are doing.

In Android 4.3, it allows us to see the list of Turned Off apps as shown in one of the below snaps.

List of TURNED OFF apps

Turned Off apps can be Turned On by clicking the 'Turn on' button as shown below

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

G Cloud Backup

Wanna backup your contacts, messages, photos, videos and many more? If yes then this is the right app for you.

G Cloud Backup is a cloud based storage system which backs up your important data. Never worry about upgrading to a new phone, if you wanna do hard reset, if you loose your phone, etc. Your precious data can be restored with ease. For a free user the memory given is 1GB and can earn up to 10GB for Free!. Unlimited storage can be gained by spending few pennies.

Root access is not required for anything, so this one is for everyone. The cloud part is Amazon's S3 cloud storage. There is no shortage of options that are provided by G Cloud. 
The app itself is so incredibly simple to use, with a very simple user interface. G Cloud Backup has a pretty extensive feature list.

G Cloud Backup provides facility to back up and restore of the followings,

> Contacts
> Call log
> Messages
> Photos
> Videos
> Music
> Documents
> Calendars
> System Settings
> Browser Data

An important feature of this app is that it stores all the backups made with respect to time(Backs up every version of all files). For example, the app does not overwrite the Contacts back up made today with the one which was made yesterday.

The first tab you are shown upon signing in is the dashboard or home. Next is the scheduled backup, how much of your storage you've used, anything pending and how much has been backed up already. At the bottom are the options for getting extra free storage or upgrading to more storage by paying some money.

The other tab is basically just a list with check boxes. Simple, clean, effective. It's all about backing up to your own choices, you just select what you want from the list. In addition to regular backup things like photos and videos, there are options to back up such information as system settings, browser data.

Contacts backup is useful to have, but it duplicates the contacts that are already restored by your google account. Google account just backs up the contacts that are stored under your Google account but G Cloud backs up the contacts that are stored in phone, sim, multiple google accounts. Pretty nice thing to backup contacts.

The new feature of G Cloud is that it can protect your apps settings, game levels, app customization and more but strictly works only for Rooted devices.  
There is a web version of G Cloud available at

Backs up every version of all files

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hiding Apps in Samsung phones

'Hide applications' feature is an excellent feature which helps us to hide apps. This feature may not be available in some versions of android.

To do this Go to the App Drawer(Main apps page) page --> Click the settings button --> Select 'Hide applications' from the pop up --> Select the apps to be hidden --> Click Done

To Unhide apps Go to the App Drawer(Main apps page) page --> Click the settings button --> Select 'Show hidden applications' from the pop up --> Select the apps to be shown --> Click Done

Sunday, May 4, 2014

How to check for software updates in android phones

Software updates check for android phones can be done manually or set to automatic.

To check for software updates manually.
Go to Settings --> About phone --> Software update --> Update

To make the checking of software updates automatic.
Go to Settings --> About phone --> Software update --> Check the 'Auto update' check box

By checking the 'Auto update ' check box, it checks for updates automatically and even downloads the updates.
Check the 'Wi-Fi Only' option to allow the download to happen only when connected to Wi-Fi.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Activating multiple languages in the Samsung Keyboard

Samsung Keyboard is the default keyboard of all android phones in which some versions of android OS allows us to use multiple languages by flipping through a language by just a swipe. Let's take a look on how to do this.

The device used here is Samsung Galaxy S3 running on stock Android 4.3. The navigation of the screens may differ slightly in other devices. Activate multiple languages as follows.

Settings --> Language and input --> Settings of Samsung keyboard(A tiny screw button next to the 'Samsung keyboard') --> Select input languages.

The various languages which are already downloaded are displayed. It allows us to choose a maximum of four languages. Other languages can also be downloaded from 'Available languages'. Close the settings by pressing back button once you are done with selecting the languages

Now while using the keyboard the language can be changed by simply swiping the space bar to left or right.