Android: Disable Emergency or Amber Alert Sound

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I was walking along, enjoying a mild February day, when all of a sudden I heard an awful sound. I scrambled to find the source and found that it was coming from my phone. Convinced my phone was malfunctioning, I rushed to pick it up and realized it was only an emergency alert. When did Android devices get this feature? Apparently it’s a feature your wireless provider provides. It will also do the same thing for Amber Alerts or Presidential Alerts.

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Android Signal Icon Meanings

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Do you have a strange letter or symbol appearing for the signal icon on your Android device? Make sense of these icons that appear in the notification area with this information.

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Android — Connect Mouse and Keyboard


Want to use your Android device more like a PC by connecting a mouse and keyboard to it? Almost any Android device will allow you to do this if you have the right hardware. Here's how it's done. … [Continue reading]

Why Does My Phone Say “Emergency Calls Only”?

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Does the screen on your phone display the message "Emergency Calls Only" and you're wondering why? In this post, we will cover the common things that cause this message to display on your phone and not enable you to make normal calls. … [Continue reading]

Android: Remove Pre-Installed Bloatware Apps

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Grayed out Uninstall button on that annoying app? Only an option to uninstall updates? Take better control of your Android device by uninstalling the bloatware apps that were pre-installed on the ROM of the phone using these options. … [Continue reading]

Android — Why is the “Move to SD card” Option Grayed Out On Some Apps?

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If you wish to save space in your phone's internal memory, moving apps to the SD card is an excellent way to free some space. You can move apps to the SD card by going to Settings > Applications, selecting the application, then tapping the "Move … [Continue reading]

How to Change Google Now Hotword on Android

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Google Now currently only accepts the phrase "OK Google" for activation. What if you want to change the hotword to something more custom that fits for you? Some users have been able to train their devices to accept other phrases, but there is an … [Continue reading]

Why is My Android Using So Much Data?

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With all of the features available on Android devices these days, it's becoming more common for people to exceed their data cap on their wireless plan. It leaves many people wondering why their Android us using so much data. Don't worry though. We … [Continue reading]

Help! My Android is Stuck in Safe Mode

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It seems a common problem for Android users is that it might get stuck in Safe Mode. While in Safe Mode, you might not be able to do much on the device since much of the software required for normal functionality isn't loaded. Your device might say … [Continue reading]

An (Almost) Complete List of Google Search Voice Commands for Android

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If you're not using the voice command feature on your Android, you don't know what you're missing. You can easily access information without the need for a keyboard. Making a complete list of Google Search voice commands for Android is almost … [Continue reading]