Themes change the appearance of the wallpaper, buttons and other visual details on your LG Cosmos Touch, and several selectable themes are preinstalled on the phone. However, to get more themes for your Cosmos Touch, you have to use a third-party program such as Bitpim that you download to your computer, and the entire process is rather involved.
Google Maps may fail to install correctly due to several causes that are often minor glitches. In some rarer instances, the failure of Google Maps to install to your device may be indicative of severe software or hardware failure that may impact other system operations as well. However, most issues that prevent Google Maps from installing onto any given device can easily be resolved through minor troubleshooting. Always be sure to back up any important data on your device before attempting any device troubleshooting.
Setting up your mobile phone to sync email content enables you to stay in touch and access important information when you're away from your computer. The AT&T Quickfire has a dedicated email application via which you can set up multiple accounts. The app has default configuration settings for a number of popular Web-based email platforms, but you can also use its Other Providers option to sync with just about any email account you might use in Outlook.
Watch eHow Tech experts Dave Johnson and Rick Broida argue about all things geek, hosted by standup comedian Helen Hong. Helen Hong is a comedian, actor and host. She plays “Janet Fung” in the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis and is featured in the Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women. Follow her on Twitter: @funnyhelenhong Dave Johnson is the Editorial Director of eHow Tech and Rick Broida writes the Cheapskate blog at CNET. This month’s episode: Debating Smartwatches, Windows 8.1, and More.
If you have a cell phone plan with unlimited text messages, you can send group texts from your LG Cosmos Touch without incurring additional charges. For example, you can invite all of your friends to your birthday party or send the latest company updates to all of your co-workers at once. As long as you have at least one group created on the phone, you can send a text to everyone in the group without having to select each recipient manually.
Your LG Optimus phone offers dozens of ways to customize the screen and settings, allowing you to make it truly your device. The clock is one of these many features, and when you learn where to find the appropriate settings and what you can do with them, you can change the appearance of the clock on your mobile phone screen. In addition, you can manually change the time or choose to update it automatically.
By default, your Instagram account is listed publicly in the service's user database so that all users can view your photos and videos any time you post them. For more restrictive privacy settings, the service offers a number of additional configurations. User blocks, for example, fully prohibit specific users not only from viewing your photos and videos, but also from searching for your Instagram account in the first place. While Instagram does not offer a list of your blocked users, you can search by name and verify a previous block or unblock access on the user's profile.
Most people like to think of text messages as private communication, but they inherently involve data leaving one device and journeying to another via the cell phone networks. That process leaves plenty of opportunities where somebody could attempt to intercept and read text messages. The good news is that the ways of doing so are usually too expensive or troublesome to make it worth a hacker's while unless he is specifically targeting somebody.
When a cellular phone makes the designation that it's in "Roaming Mode" it means that the phone is unable to connect to the service provider's cellular network, but it can connect to another cellular provider's network. Roaming is usually associated with using the cellular phone outside of the service provider's network area, but it can also be tripped by having a communication error with the closest cellular towers, when local towers are down for service or when a network is running at capacity.
Texting autocorrect automatically corrects your SMS typing errors, as its name suggests. Varying forms of the technology can be found in all the major mobile platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone. Its primary purpose is to display the words you're trying to type even when you press the wrong keys, and it's switched on by default.
Depending on your needs, you might decide between three types of resets. A soft reset forces an unresponsive phone to reboot by removing and reinstalling the battery. If the problem recurs, you might need a more extensive reset, such as the Master Reset option. This option clears all user configurations and restores the default settings without affecting personal data or downloads. Before selling or returning the phone, you might also consider the Master Clear option. This option also returns factory default settings, but it simultaneously wipes personal data and downloaded content.
Whether your phone is frozen or experiencing other persistent technical glitches, a master reset is often the best medicine. A master reset returns the phone to its original factory settings. Because performing a master reset on the LG Bliss deletes all user data and downloaded applications, it's essential that you back up anything you want to save before proceeding.
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Manually transferring contacts from one mobile device to another can take hours, but if you have iPhone contacts you want to transfer onto an Android device, such as the LG Optimus G, you can do so via iTunes. There is a feature in iTunes that enables you to sync your iPhone's contacts with an external mail service. Sync with the Google account associated with your Optimus G and the phone automatically imports those contacts into its address book.
Whether you're experiencing technical difficulties or just want to return your phone to its factory-fresh state, you can do so by performing a master reset. If you have an LG VX9900 Silver, you can reset the device by using the Reset Default tool, which is accessible via the phone's Settings menu. Back up anything you want to save prior to performing the reset. All personal data and downloaded apps will be deleted.
If you're hoping your old AT&T phone will work when you switch to Verizon, here's some bad news -- as a GSM phone, your old device is incompatible with the CDMA network used by Verizon. A number of key differences between GSM and CDMA technologies make them inherently incompatible, although they are similar. You need to make a choice between the two. As of fall 2013, no handset offers both.
The LG300GB phone from Net10 Wireless can be customized to your preferences, and you can store contacts and other data on the phone. If the phone is changing owners or you simply want to restore the unit to factory settings, you can quickly remove this personal data. When you perform a factory reset of the phone, all user data and contact information on the LG300GB is erased.
The LG Cosmos Touch has a microSD card slot on which you can store a large amount of data, such as music and pictures. If you have music on a mini SD card, you must first transfer that music to your computer. Then, you can copy those files from your computer onto your microSD card. Once the files are on your phone's microSD card, you will be able to access them from your phone.
When you receive a new text message or voice mail on your Verizon Wireless Escapade, a mailbox icon appears on the phone's home screen. The icon serves as a reminder to check your messages, and it will normally go away if you read or listen to them. If checking your messages does not clear the mailbox icon, you may need to reset your phone. Resetting will erase everything stored in the device's memory and change the Escapade's settings back to their default values.
By default, when your Pantech Jest receives a text message, it will automatically display the text on screen. While this is helpful for users who prioritize texting over the other features of the phone, there are plenty out there who don't want to have to close their texting application every time they open the phone for another reason. If you are such a user, you'll need to find the Messaging settings and change the default settings to suit your preferences.
An International Mobile Equipment Identity number is a unique identifier, much like a VIN number on a car. Every GSM mobile phone made has a different IMEI number that can be used to identify a device if it has been lost or stolen. Cellular carriers can also use the IMEI number to track accounts with past due bills and suspend service. IMEI numbers are unique to GSM phones like those offered by AT&T and T-Mobile, and do not apply to phones offered by Verizon and Sprint.
You can set a text message signature on the LG Xenon that will display to the recipient for each SMS or MMS message you send. In fact, you may have noticed that the text message signature is pre-populated with a signature from your carrier by default. For example, if your carrier is Verizon, your text messages may be appended with the message “Sent from My Verizon Wireless LG Xenon.” This text signature can be changed to any signature you specify in the Signature settings on your device.
If you own the LG Cosmos, you are probably aware that configuring and editing shortcuts can be quite involved. First of all, the Shortcut settings are located in the Phone Settings menu and not in Display Settings, as with many devices. When you decide to remove a shortcut, the process is even more confusing. No “Delete” option is readily available from the Set My Shortcuts screen. The setting to reset and reassign shortcuts is hidden in the Options menu in each of the individual Shortcut screens.
Like most smartphones, the HTC EVO uses two kinds of memory to store your phone’s information. The EVO has built-in memory, but also includes a 2GB microSD card for storing photos, contacts or other data. You can upgrade the memory to hold more information as well, and can store various files and information on the SD card to keep the internal memory on your EVO free.
In 2010, HTC introduced the Evo, which it billed as the world's first 4G smartphone. As the successor to the HTC Touch HD2, the Evo naturally relies on a large display with touchscreen capabilities. Starting with the first Evo, each model released by HTC up to 2013 supports multi-touch -- the individual Evo phones differ just a bit in their display specs, however.
When you buy an iPhone or other iOS-based device, Apple restricts what applications you can run on it. Jailbreaking your device removes these restrictions, allowing you to run any program you choose on your hardware. While this opens up new capabilities for your mobile device, it also carries some risks and disadvantages.
The Welcome screen on your EVO Shift is also called the home screen and is the default screen when your phone starts. The Shift offers the capability to flip through six additional screens to extend the usability of your phone, but there is only one main home screen. You can customize the main home screen and its six siblings with widgets and shortcuts to your apps or favorite folders.
With the Voice Commands feature on the LG Octave, you can dial numbers, compose text messages and navigate through menus by speaking commands. However, if the Voice Commands option is enabled by mistake, your phone will behave in unexpected ways. If the feature is activated, a short press of the "CLR" key near the screen places the device in Voice Command mode. You can disable this feature so that the "CLR" key does not activate Voice Command mode during normal phone use.
A soft reset -- which you can perform by removing the battery or depressing the reset button under the battery door -- may be all it takes to resolve an issue with your Kyocera Rio smartphone. If it doesn't, and you want to restore your phone to its original factory settings, you can perform a master or hard reset. It is important to note that doing so will erase any apps or information you have stored on the phone.
Organize your music collection on your LG Optimus T with playlists. Playlists created on the Optimus T are actually lists of shortcuts to the audio tracks stored on your device. When you create a playlist, the original track is not moved or altered in any way. The playlist simply provides quick and efficient way to organize and access the tracks in your music collection. Populate your playlists with tracks from specific artists and albums, or create eclectic playlists with individual songs.
Configuring your EVO Shift phone to receive your email lets you stay in contact with people wherever you are. If you need to stay connected to those that are important to you, you can use the Shift's built-in app to respond whenever they do. The EVO Shift app will let you access email from a variety of accounts, from Web-based systems to work email.
The HTC EVO 4G mobile device not only enables you to send and receive text messages to other people, but the device includes a function that allows you to send text messages to people in a group. For example, you can create a group of family members, so you can send them text messages at the same time. Each member of the group will receive text messages sent to the group, and will also see any replies sent by members of the group.
The touch screen on your HTC EVO Shift makes it easy to interact with, but could result in unintentional activity from accidental screen touches. To minimize accidental dialing or settings changes while the phone rattles around in your pocket or purse, the EVO offers the ability to lock the screen and prevent mistaken touches to its sensitive surface. To unlock the screen, you must enter the correct pattern, pin code or password.
When you are ready to sell or give away your Samsung Suede, remove all of your personal accounts and information from the device. You can go through each application and delete your data through the app settings. This method is time-consuming, and you risk missing an app that may contain sensitive information. A much more efficient way to delete all of your information at once is to perform a factory reset on the Suede. The factory reset removes all apps, files, media and accounts from the phone’s storage and restores factory default settings. The master reset also repairs persistent issues…
Apps running in the background of your Galaxy Nexus can drain valuable resources that your phone needs to properly operate. Your phone might start to act sluggish and it can take a longer period of time to launch the apps that you actually need. Some apps update and access the Internet in the background which could lead to overcharges for data usage if you do not have an unlimited plan. By closing the apps, you can potentially improve your phone's performance.
Wallpapers for your LG Rumor Reflex are available from a wide variety of free and paid sites on the Web, such as Zedge, Mobiles 24 and Mobile Heart (see Resources). Download custom wallpapers to your computer, and then load them onto the Rumor Reflex using a USB cable connection. You can also purchase wallpapers and screensavers from your phone. Purchased images are saved in the “Downloaded Images” folder. Assign a downloaded image or photo as your lock screen or main screen wallpaper.
Whether you're experiencing a persistent technical glitch or your phone is completely unresponsive, a hard reset is often the best way to fix serious problems with your smartphone. You can perform a hard reset on your MyTouch Q in two ways: via the phone's on-screen menu system or by pressing a series of keys when the phone is powered off. Performing a factory reset removes all user data, applications and DRM licenses from the MyTouch Q. Back up anything you want to save before proceeding.
If your Samsung Galaxy S III freezes while rebooting, try performing an external hard reset to return the device to factory defaults. Certain apps may install code that conflicts with operating system files or other applications. If you have recently installed software on your Galaxy S III, the program may be causing the problem. The external hard reset deletes all apps, files and media. If the external hard reset does not resolve the issue, return your phone to your carrier for repairs.
You can remove the lock screen password on your LG Optimus M to avoid having to type in a PIN or passcode to unlock the device every time you need to use it. Note that you need to know the existing password or unlock pattern in order to remove a password, PIN or pattern lock from the LG Optimus M. When you disable the password, PIN or pattern, anyone can access your personal information saved on the phone.
Used primarily with pay-as-you-go cell service, the LG800G phone allows you to text, talk and surf the Internet without all the bells and whistles other smartphones offer. It's not immune to the occasional technical problem, however. Resetting the phone will return it to its original factory settings, but that's of little concern if you can't even get it to turn on. Barring phone-killing issues, a few quick steps should get your phone working and reset properly.
If you set a password on your Pantech Crux and forgot the code, you can reset your device password by resetting your Google account password. Remember that if you reset your Google account password for the device, you must update all applications that automatically log in with your Google account, such as Google Play. If you set a pattern lock on the phone and then forgot the pattern, you can open a prompt that will allow you to log in to your phone with your Google account from the lock screen on the Crux.
Whether your LG Optimus V is lagging or you're encountering another technical problem, rebooting your smartphone is often the quickest and simplest way to remedy serious hardware and software issues. The first way to reboot the device is to perform a standard restart. When a restart doesn't solve the issue, it may be time to reboot the device more thoroughly via a factory reset. A factory reset returns the LG Optimus V to its original state, removing all user data and applications.
MetroPCS offers MetroBACKUP, an automated online backup service for selected models of MetroPCS phones. If your phone is a supported model, you can enroll in the MetroBACKUP service to automatically back up your contacts at regular intervals. Once you add the backup service to your plan, you'll need to download the MetroBACKUP app to manually or automatically back up your contacts. In the event you lose or damage your phone, your contact data is safely stored in MetroBACKUP cloud storage.
If your Motorola Xoom screen is black, an external hard reset can make the tablet functional again. Perform an external hard reset by pressing a series of keys on the device. The hard reset, also known as a master reset or a factory reset, returns the tablet to its original factory state. The operating system files are restored and default apps are installed. However, all of your apps, accounts and files are deleted.
Resetting a Samsung Straight Talk phone not only includes restoring default menus and settings, but the deletion of all data you have on the phone, including photos, videos, text messages, your contacts' information and downloaded apps. Restoring the device back to the default factory state can fix issues such as freezing, and is a necessity if you're selling or otherwise getting rid of the phone and want to completely wipe your personal information from it. Resetting your Straight Talk is permanent, so be sure you get any data you want to keep off of the phone before you start.
Connect your wireless-enabled Nook to your home network or a public Wi-Fi spot. First, enable Wi-Fi connectivity on the device to display available networks in range. Next, connect to your selected wireless network. Once connected to a Wi-Fi network, open the Nook Web browser to navigate the Internet in either mobile or standard desktop mode. Mobile mode displays mobile sites as you would see them on a smartphone. Desktop mode displays the standard browser view of sites.
If your Samsung Seek exhibits strange behavior, such as the screen going blank or apps unexpectedly crashing, you can perform a reset to resolve performance issues. There are two reset types. A soft reset simply closes all apps and starts a fresh instance of the operating system. If an problematic app is running in the background, the soft reset should be sufficient to close the app and return the device to normal functioning. If operating system files have become corrupted, or software conflicts are causing serious errors, a master reset is necessary. This "hard" reset returns the phone to factory…
Quick Memo is a unique feature on certain models of LG Optimus phones, including the Optimus Elite. Quick Memo snaps a screen shot of the active screen when you enable the feature. You can then annotate the image with your own notes and drawings. Use Quick Memo to snap a screen capture, and then clarify the image with instructions or descriptions. With Quick Memo, there is no need to search for a pen to write down information you receive while you are on a call. Use Quick Memo to quickly jot down a phone number, a note or even a…
Outfitting your smartphone with more storage space enables you to install more apps, store more music and save more data. The Android-powered LG Optimus S has a limited amount of built-in storage space that you can't expand upon. However, it also comes with a microSD memory card preinstalled in the device. To get more space on the Optimus S, you can remove this memory card and insert a larger one.
Instagram profiles are public by default, which means anyone on the Internet can view your posts and photos. When you configure privacy on your Instagram profile, your photos and post can only be accessed by your followers. Users must send you a request and obtain your approval to follow you and view your Instagram content when privacy is enabled. If you have accidentally approved a follower on Instagram, you can block the follower and disable the user’s ability to view and comment on your private posts.
Restore factory default settings on your Verizon Samsung Convoy or Convoy 2 by performing a master reset on the device. The master reset is the last resort when troubleshooting device issues, such as frozen screens and apps that unexpectedly stop. Perform a master reset if you plan to give your phone away or sell the device or have exhausted all other troubleshooting options. A master reset quickly and efficiently removes all of your personal information from the phone.
When you need to transfer your iPhone data to your HTC device, you can accomplish the task with two applications: iTunes (for the Apple iPhone) and HTC Sync Manager (for the HTC device). If these applications do not automatically open when you connect the data cable between the phone and the computer, the applications will likely need to be installed on your machine. You can transfer contacts, your calendar, text and multimedia messages, Internet bookmarks and photos between your iPhone and your HTC device.
A master reset, also known as the “hard” reset, returns the Samsung Gravity T to factory default settings. This means that all files, media and apps you have stored on the phone will be deleted, and all of your accounts will be removed. The operating system files are refreshed and all default apps are reinstalled. Perform a hard reset to return your Gravity T to factory defaults if you plan to sell or give away your device. If you forget your device password, you will need to hard reset the Gravity T to unlock your device.
Whether your Samsung Gem is acting erratically or you just want to restore the device to factory settings so you can get get rid of your photo, you can easily reset the phone. While doing so may fix any technical problems you have, it will also delete all data currently on the device such as downloaded applications and contacts.
By default, your iPad comes loaded with only one keyboard: English. Adding international keyboards gives your iPad extra functionality, though adding too many can quickly clutter the keyboard list available from the Globe menu. Deleting keyboards that are not in use enables you to switch keyboards faster, letting you get back to typing messages quicker. Deleting a keyboard from your iPad only deletes it from the list of available keyboards to use and doesn't delete the keyboard from your iPad permanently.
Performing a reset on your Samsung Focus will correct problematic behaviors, such as black or blank screens, or apps that fail to run properly. A soft reset is similar to a PC reboot. All apps are closed and the operating system is restarted when the Samsung Focus boots back up. A master reset, on the other hand, deletes all personal data, media and apps you have installed, returning the phone to its original factory settings. Operating system files are refreshed and default applications are installed.
The HTC EVO Shift cellphone allows you to shoot pictures and videos on the built-in camera, then send them to others via multimedia messaging or MMS. Copies of all pictures that you send out are retained on the phone. If you have sent a picture from your EVO Shift, you can view it by accessing the message you used to send it to your recipient.
The SIM card in your mobile phone contains a few standard bits of data that identify you to your cellular network and enable you to make calls, send text messages and store contacts. You can insert your SIM card into any compatible phone and connect to your cellular network to access your contacts, messages and voice mails. SIM cards come in various shapes and sizes, and they contain an arrangement of metal contact plates that connect with the hardware in your phone to read and write data.
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AT&T offers both USB and Bluetooth tethering on the Samsung Propel. The LaptopConnect rate plan must be added to your mobile account for setting up a tethering connection. In addition, the AT&T Communication Manager application must be installed to your computer. The Communication Manager application simplifies Bluetooth setup with your phone and gets you connected and online in a matter of a few minutes.
A cell phone's "talk time" relates to the amount of time that you can talk on your mobile device before the battery requires a recharge. This does not include battery usage for data transmission, which is measured separately. You can gauge the expected talk time by reviewing your device's specifications. However, actual talk time may vary, depending on your personal usages and features enabled on your phone, such as email or social media synchronization. All of these features require battery usage.
Customizing your phone with personalized wallpapers lets you express something about yourself with your phone. If you own an LG EnV touch, you'll have two opportunities to express yourself thanks to its dual touchscreens. Creating good wallpapers for the EnV Touch is tricky, as both screens have the different resolutions and orientations -- the exterior screen is 480 pixels wide by 800 pixels long and vertically oriented, while the interior screen is 800 pixels wide by 480 pixels long and horizontally oriented. With a little effort and knowing which resolution to use for which screen, however, you can easily make…
Tethering your Verizon devices together can save you a bundle on your monthly wireless bills. The PdaNet application is designed for use on devices that don't have native Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities. You can use PdaNet on your Verizon Android devices to tether them together wirelessly so that both devices share one cellular data connection. In order for this procedure to work, one of the devices must have cellular connectivity. You can't, for example, use PdaNet on two Wi-Fi-only tablet computers.
Taking photos on most cell phones is a snap, but how you go about transferring existing photos from your computer to your cell phone is often less straightforward. In all instances, if you have an Internet connection, you can email a picture from your laptop to an email account accessible from your phone and then download the attachment onto your device. Without an Internet connection, transferring pictures from your laptop to your cell phone varies depending on the operating system on your phone. The iPhone, Nexus 4 and Lumia 920 are representative of devices running the iOS, Android and Windows…
Businesses who market by telephone use in-store, electronic and sometimes even deceptive tactics to accumulate cell phone numbers of prospects. By obtaining your number, they're able to continually attempt to close additional sales with you. Cell phone numbers are viewed as particularly valuable by those in sales, as they provide a more direct conduit to the potential customer.
According to the National Weather Service, mobile devices are safe to use indoors during a lightning storm, as they do not use wires that could carry the electrical charge of a lightning bolt toward your body. However, phones and other metal-containing devices should be used with caution when outside, as they may worsen the effects of a direct lightning strike. In addition, interference from storms can decrease the effectiveness of wireless equipment.
If you have attempted to root your Android phone and the phone doesn’t boot up afterward, you may have “bricked” your phone. If the phone does not turn on when you press and hold the “Power” button, but the notification lights flash, you may be able to perform a hard reset to restore your phone to factory defaults. However, if your phone fails to respond at all when pressing the “Power” key, your phone is bricked, and you need a new device. Try performing an external hard reset, also known as a master reset, to restore your Android phone before…
If you have a PIN, pattern or password screen lock set on your Cricket LG Android-powered phone and you have locked yourself out with repeated unlock attempts, you may be able to unlock your phone -- even without using a Google account. You may need to try these unlock strategies several times before you are able to get into your locked phone. If you still cannot access your phone’s Settings after attempting the Home & Menu Key Press and Random Key Press strategies, it is time to restore your phone to factory settings. You can restore any Cricket phone running…
A cell phone with poor reception is often no better than a glorified calculator. If you have a BlackBerry Pearl Flip phone, getting a decent cellular signal is essential to getting the most out of the device. Topography and your proximity to cell phone towers can lead to poor reception on any cellular phone. Fortunately, all is not lost.
The key to saving video files to your Samsung Galaxy S3 is knowing where the files must be located so that they are identified by video player apps. To keep your phone organized, video files are usually saved in the “Videos” folder on the Galaxy’s storage card. However, Android video player apps, including the stock video player installed by default, scan for videos located anywhere on your SD card. Transfer MP4 video files between your computer and your Galaxy’s phone storage by connecting the device to the PC with the Galaxy USB cable.
Wi-Fi functionality enables you to access the Internet on your smartphone. However, not all phones have Wi-Fi functionality, and the Cosmos Touch is one of them. That does not mean that you can't still access the Internet wirelessly. The Cosmos Touch has a feature called Mobile Web, which enables you to access the Internet over the phone's cellular data connection.
Your AT&T cell phone may go into emergency mode for a number of reasons, including roaming, an invalid SIM card or an incorrect network setting on your phone. Emergency mode disables your ability to dial most phone numbers, send text messages and use cellular data. However, you will still be able to call for help using 911 in the event of an emergency. Unlocking emergency mode depends on the reason it is appearing on your phone in the first place.
Though the auto-correct feature on the LG Viper was intended to save time when inputting text, you may find that this feature actually interferes with your ability to type. You can disable the Spelling Correction feature on the Viper to stop the device from automatically correcting words while you type. When you disable this feature, your text input is limited to only the keys you press on the keypad. Words are no longer automatically completed or corrected during text input.
While updating your phone can improve its performance, a phone that gets stuck updating itself is completely useless. If you're performing a software update on the Samsung Moment and the Software Upgrade wizard has become stuck or otherwise unresponsive, you must abort the existing update process and start over again. Be certain that the Software Upgrade wizard is indeed frozen before proceeding, as aborting the update process while the wizard is working can cause the phone to become inoperable.
Transform your Nook Color into a drawing tablet with the Nook Drawing Pad app. The app is available through the Barnes and Noble App Store for under $2 as of July 2013. The Nook Color Drawing Pad app offers a collection of drawing and painting tools, including crayons, colored pencils, markers and brushes. Enhance your artwork with stickers and other embellishments. The drawing app is compatible with the Nook Color, Nook Tablet and the Nook HD/HD+ tab.
Setting up your profile on the Palm Pixi is one of the initial tasks that must be performed when activating your device. The Pixi must be connected to a wireless network to create the new profile and complete the device setup. You will need to associate your new profile with an email address that you're not already using for a Palm profile. You can edit your profile, change your email address or change your profile password at any time after you initially configure the Pixi.
Rechargeable via a variety of means, your HTC EVO’s battery life depends on your daily usage, including the applications you are using and the number of features you have enabled. Apps that run in the background and sync data drain your EVO’s battery. The apps may be running without your knowledge. Like other features on your EVO, you can disable background apps and stop your phone’s battery from draining due to background processes.
Make custom ringtones for your LG Rumor Touch using any audio editing application that enables you to crop an audio file, then save the file in a format that is compatible with your phone. Download and install a free, open source application like Audacity or Wavosaur to edit your file, or use a paid editor like NCH WavePad or Adobe Audition to complete the task. Once you have trimmed your tune to about 30 seconds in length and exported the file to a compatible format, load the file as a ringtone to the Rumor Touch, then assign the tone to…
For many people, cell phone service is a necessity, not a luxury. Unfortunately, even the lowest cost wireless plans are too expensive for some. If you need a cell phone but can't afford a regular plan, apply for a Lifeline device from SafeLink Wireless. This government-sponsored service gives you a free cell phone and a set number of minutes each month. To qualify, your household income must fall below a certain level. Alternatively, you can also qualify if you or a dependent child participates in a government program, such as CHIP or Medicaid.
The Maps app that comes pre-installed on your LG Ally is a version of Google Maps, which integrates with the location settings in your Android operating system to automatically pinpoint your location. Enable Location Services on the Ally to enjoy a wide range of navigational features, including suggested nearby restaurants, businesses and attractions. Get directions by instructing the app to find your current location or by entering another starting address. The mobile version of Maps includes the same layer views that are available with the desktop version of Google Maps. Layer views include Traffic, Map, Satellite, Latitude and Street View.
Many cell phones have a Wi-Fi radio included, so you can connect to the Internet using your regular Internet connection instead of using cell service. This approach lets you browse faster and save on data costs, since your downloads won't count toward you data limit. Some carriers also allow you to place calls using your Wi-Fi network, and may or may not count such calls toward your monthly minutes.
The HTC EVO is not only capable of accessing the Internet via your cellular service provider but also via the phone’s built-in Wi-Fi component. The EVO’s Wi-Fi component scans for both secured and unsecured hot spots and prompts you before logging in to a wireless connection. Using a Wi-Fi connection instead of your EVO’s cellular data plan is handy when you want to download apps and music and don’t want to use your phone’s data plan. Using your EVO’s Wi-Fi component is optional and has no effect your phone's operation.
Learning how to send voicemail is essential to successful phone-to-phone voice communication, particularly when a contact doesn't use text messaging. Though you can send regular voicemail on any Sprint phone by calling your desired recipient and leaving a message after the predetermined number of rings, on certain devices you can also send pre-recorded voicemail. This feature is called Visual Voicemail, and some Sprint plans include it for free. Consult your cellular plan to determine whether Visual Voicemail is enabled on your account.
The LG EnV Touch is a removable disk drive when connected to a computer using a USB cable. This enables you to copy files to the phone, such as photographs, just as you would copy files to a flash drive or external hard drive. This provides an easier method of moving a mass amount of photographs from one computer to another versus some other methods of sharing the photographs, such as email.
A hard reset on the Kyocera Domino will repair software issues and resolve problems such as a frozen screen. Before performing a hard reset, try a soft reset by holding the “Power” button until the phone turns completely off, and then restarting the phone. If the soft reset does not fix the issue, perform a hard reset on the device. Note that a hard reset on the Kyocera Domino does not delete all personal settings, data, apps and media, as with other devices. The hard reset will, however, correct issues with the device, such as apps that are hung or…
If your Samsung Galaxy is connected to a mobile or a Wi-Fi network, accessing the Internet is seamless and automatic when you launch the Web browser. Closing all open Web browser windows logs you off the Web, but some apps continue to access the Internet from behind the scenes when the phone is connected to a network. Disable Wi-Fi networking and the mobile network connection to log off the Internet and completely stop the data flow.
The Samsung Galaxy III supports transferring your phone list, or Contacts, to another Bluetooth-enabled phone or device, such as cars with the Ford Sync feature. When you first configure an Android device such as the Galaxy III, you must create or set a Gmail account as one of your device accounts. This Gmail account enables you to transfer your Galaxy III contacts over a Wi-Fi network to any other device set up with a Gmail account. However, for a secondary device that cannot access the Wi-Fi network, such as your car’s system, you can transfer contacts from the phone to…
You can connect your LG Vu to your computer to transfer files between the phone and the laptop. Load music onto your device and copy pictures from your phone to your computer. Using the USB cord supplied with the phone, connecting the phone to the laptop is simple. You can even save documents and files on the LG Vu, just as you would do with a standard USB drive, and then transfer these files to your computer at your leisure.
The LG Optimus series does not have an LED notification light on the top of the device, as do HTC, Motorola and other smartphone models. However, you can still set alerts on your LG Optimus T, and then configure these notifications to include flashing LED lights. Install the LG Touch LED Notifications app and configure the app to notify you with LED reminders. When an LED reminder activates, the lighted keys on the bottom of the screen flash off and on.
Your LG DoublePlay has a master reset option that you can use to delete everything on the phone, including contacts, media, settings and apps. This can be helpful if the phone stops working or if you're giving it to a new user. Note that unless you allow it, the master reset process doesn't delete any data on your microSD card. If your DoublePlay doesn't respond to touch, you can still reset it using the hardware keys.
The Samsung Intensity II features a media player that supports MP3, WMA and AAC music formats. You can transfer songs from your library to the Intensity II with the free Windows Media Player application. This program enables you to sync songs and albums to your phone's internal memory or microSD card. If you have a large library and only want to transfer a few select songs, Windows Media Player can sort your music by album name, genre or artist.
Using the AT&T Cellular Video service, your Pantech Reveal can stream video content from select sources offered by your cellular service provider. For example, AT&T offers a variety of streaming video content to subscribers with the Pantech Reveal phone, including FOX sitcoms, sporting events and news. Additionally, the Pantech Reveal can stream one-way video calls to recipients with compatible devices via the AT&T Video Share service. To stream video on your device, you must have a data plan and the recipient's phone must be compatible with the service.
When composing a message, your EVO will automatically attempt to complete words you type using the predictive text feature. While the EVO's predictive text dictionary includes many common words, it can also learn words as you use them. However, if the EVO learns a misspelled word or frequently suggests a word you do not want it to use, this feature quickly turns from convenient to annoying. You can delete learned words from the EVO's predictive text dictionary at any time, although you will need to delete the words one by one since there is no method to delete all of…
When you don't have time to finish composing a message, such as a text message or an email, on your EVO 4G, you can save that message as a draft -- so you can access the message at a later date, after which you can send it to the recipient or delete it if you want to start the message over. Depending on whether your draft is an email or a text message, the method to locate your draft will change.
By default, your HTC Evo 4G automatically uses the same time zone that your network provider does; in many cases, the time zone of your phone is automatically set to the correct one. However, if your Evo is somehow using the wrong time zone, this can severely impact your day-to-day activities if your phone doubles as a clock or alarm. You can change your Evo's time zone using the "Date & Time" settings at any time, provided you first set the Evo to not automatically set your time zone.
The Samsung Intensity can play video files out-of-the-box, or without the need to install additional software. Additionally, certain models of the Samsung Intensity, such as the Intensity III, include video camera functionality. To use video on an Intensity, copy or download an existing video file to your phone’s “My Video” folder or shoot a video with the phone’s video camera and then save the file. Play the video in the phone’s default video player.
If you regularly send emails from your Samsung Fascinate, manually signing each individual message can be time-consuming. The Fascinate has a signature feature that automatically appends a message of your choice to the end of each email. The signature feature works with almost any email provider, including Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL.
The fact that electronic devices don't need baths doesn't prevent them from plunging into the bathtub, sink or pool on occasion. If your device takes an unfortunate plunge, silica gel packets can help draw out moisture quickly before irreversible damage occurs. Silica gel is an ideal choice, as it is highly absorbent, holding up to 40 percent of its own weight in water. It also remains dry on the outside, drawing moisture inside of the gel packets and away from your electronics.
If you regularly visit certain websites on the HTC Touch Pro's Opera browser, you might want to add those sites to your Bookmarks list. Once you've bookmarked a favorite website, you don't need to type its URL every time you want to go to it. This comes in handy if you want to access online information quickly when you're away from your home computer.
A cell phone's built-in speakerphone is ideal for individuals who are looking to multitask while on their cell phones or who want multiple people in the same room to listen or take part in a call. Many cell phones feature speakerphone technology by default, and the LG Vortex is no exception, including speakerphone functions accessible via the touch screen on the device. There is only one requirement you must satisfy before you can use the Vortex's speakerphone functionality: being on an active call.