Continuing with the holiday season’s arrival of new devices and gadgets, today’s post is a round up of some our most popular and helpful guides helping Android owners get their new devices up and running.
Apologies for the mangled Obi-Wan reference, but with many people getting new Android devices this holiday season, these tutorials are essential reading. From resetting your device to fixing common errors, tech-recipes has you covered.
Android: How to Add Custom Ringtones, Alarm, and Notification Sounds to Your Device
All Android devices come with their own set of sounds for ringtones, alarms and notifications. If you want to use custom sounds that you have found, you will need to follow these steps to keep things working in an efficient manner.
Android 2.3: How to Safely Factory Reset a Gingerbread Device
All devices running the Gingerbread Android OS can be factory reset (or wiped) using similar steps. This tutorial describes what a factory reset actually does and how to do it safely.
Android Browser: Reset to default settings
When tweaking the Android Browser to suit their needs, many users may end up with strange or unwanted behaviors in the browser. Here is how to reset the browser to the default settings.
Android: Download unsupported files
One really weak point of the Android Browser is that you can not download files that are not supported by the device from the Internet. This can be really annoying when you need to download a file or an attachment while on the go. Luckily, we can fix it easily by using Astro File Manager.
How to Disable Geotagging on Your Smartphone’s Camera (Android, iPhone, BlackBerry)
If you are big on privacy then you will want to make sure that geotagging is disabled on your smartphone’s camera. Geotagging embeds the location that the photograph was taken into the image itself. This means that others that view the image can access this information.
Android: How Can I Backup SMS, MMS and Call Logs to Gmail?
Many people keep very important information in the SMS, MMS and Call logs. This tutorial demonstrates how to backup these logs to Gmail from any Android device.
Kindle for Android: Use the Volume Buttons to Turn Pages
By enabling the volume buttons to turn pages, you can easily enjoy your reading using just one hand, no need to swipe across the screen. This is great for reading at meal time.
Use Google to Find Free APK Files (Games, Apps, Widgets, etc.) to Install on your Android Device
Google can be a huge help in finding APK files to install on your Android device. This is a must if you’ve accidentally deleted an application that you can’t find in the Market or if your device cannot access the Market at all. You can find free games, apps, widgets, live wallpapers, etc.
Android: How to Redownload Purchased Applications and Games
If you have wiped all the data from your device or accidentally uninstalled an application that you wanted to keep, redownloading your purchased applications is a painless process.
Android: Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server
If you continue to have problems setting up your Google account on your Android device, this will solve your problem. This was a frequent problem experienced by users of the Google Nexus One phone and other “4G” phones.
How to Root a Kindle Fire Using OS X or Linux
If you use a Mac or Linux computer, you are just a few steps away from rooting your Kindle Fire. Rooting your device will allow you to run certain applications that require the SuperUser app (such as screenshot applications).
How to Turn a ViewSonic G Tablet Into a High Performing Device (complete with Google Apps and a Working Market)
The ViewSonic G Tablet is an Android tablet that has some great hardware perks like a 1 GHz Dual ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Ultra-low power GeForce GPU, long battery life, etc. Here’s how to root the device, install a custom ROM and get all of the Google apps (including Market) working like they should.
Android 4.0: Installing and Running Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) in the Android SDK emulator
This article will explain how to setup the Android SDK to run the latest Android version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, in an emulator and get a first hand glimpse of the latest version of the Android OS.