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Did You Know Telstra Launched a Super Fast HD Mobile Download Speed in Late February?

Did You Know Telstra Launched a Super Fast HD Mobile Download Speed in Late February?

As you may or may not be aware, but near the start of 2017, Telstra tested and launched the world’s first mobile network that is able to download HD movies and TV shows in a matter of seconds. Say what? Did anyone else miss the memo on this? It seems many of us did.

Testing Phase

Before we get too ahead of ourselves on the matter and make our readers think this service will be available to everyone, it is important to understand that prior to February, theses network capabilities were only tested and shown to be reliable but not necessarily ready for an extremely high volume of users quite yet. While the news of this release was exciting at the time, it was only made available to part of Telstra’s network in selected cities. The rest of Australia will have to wait for the time being.

Telstra, together with Netgear, Ericsson, Qualcomm, successfully tested their LTE mobile capabilities and speed and announced in late January that the service was going to be released to Australian consumers at the end of February, 2017. The question is, did you know you that could now download your favorite TV show in a matter of seconds?

Like many, you’re probably wondering exactly how fast the mobile download speeds are. To illustrate, a one-hour long TV show can be downloaded in less than seconds. Incredibly fast, right? How about having the ability to download a 3GB HD movie in 3 minutes? Telstra began allowing customers access up to 1Gpbs of download speeds and up to 150Mbps of upload speeds over Telstra’s 4G network.

As a comparison, prior to offering these insanely fast speeds, the network only offered a maximum of 100Mbps, which at the time, was at about 10 percent of the network’s capabilities. One of the major reasons it has taken some time to be able to offer these high speeds was largely due to reliability. The capabilities were there but the network needed further testing in order to ensure it was reliable before making promises the network would not be able to deliver to consumers on a consistent basis.

Naturally, media and other industry members were impressed with what Telstra could do and looked forward to the release into Australia’s telco market.

How to Access Fast Download Speeds

Many people may be wondering if they can access their favorite TV show or movie to their handheld device using these high download speeds on their mobile network, and unfortunately not at the moment as this is basically for home use, for the time being anyway. Sine LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, the company and the industry does expect to see these capabilities being offered to mobile devices at a later time, but we are not quite there yet.

So, how and where can consumers take advantage of such fast download speeds? Through the use of a Nighthawk M1 device that used one SIM card that has the ability to connect to more than one 4G band. The device is pocket-sized and can connect up to 20 devices to the internet all at the same time. Basically, from wherever Telstra’s network can be accessed, users will be able to access the internet and enjoy super fast download speeds across multiple devices (up to 20 at the same time).

For $360 in upfront costs or through a range of plans, you and the entire family can connect your devices and enjoy unprecedented download speeds. Each family member can now enjoy their favorite TV shows or movies without having to fight over the remove or argue about what to watch.

The Ultimate Goal

One of the main reasons Telstra developed, improved, tested, and launched this service was largely due to the fact that the telco firm wanted to help prepare consumers for what will come in the near future of telco capabilities.

For example, the Telstra’s device management director released the following statement in reference to this, “It’s going help people further embrace a new breed of mobile applications and experiences including immersive virtual reality, connected cloud computing and rich entertainment, and it brings us one step closer to introducing 5G in Australia.”

The downside to all of this is (and was) the real-world experience was definitely going to operate much slower for a variety of reasons.

The Network Today

Fast forward to today (7-8 months after release), the 4G trend has definitely caught the attention of the industry with all other providers in Australia on board—Vodafone being the last to jump on the bandwagon.

The 4G network has been respectively packaged and sold as the 4GX or 4G Plus network and the latest smartphone releases were created with these capabilities in mind so they are ready and fully compatible for when the 4G network expands into more rural locations since a high percentage of smartphone users will have already made the switch to one of the latest releases.

Not much else has changed in terms of service coverage over the past few months as coverage areas are still quite limited and users must be in a designated 4GX coverage area in order to access the services. However, there is still more progress expected to be made in the coming months and years as the demand for faster download and upload speeds will only continue to increase and those not living within major city limits have been chomping at the the bit in order to have access to this service.

The great news for those in the Queensland is that the service is widely available, however, Telstra cannot guarantee that every single area or building will have anything outside or normal network services. Visiting one of the Telstra shops in Melbourne and the surrounding areas to inquire about the available services in your area will help consumers understand what they have access in their coverage area.

Conclusion

It is clear that the release of the 4GX/Plus network changed the market and has it prepared consumers for what will come next. With this in mind, it is also evident that telco in general still isn’t operating at the level industry leaders have hyped up consumers for. Time will only tell where the future of 4G and 5G networks end up, in which case, those of us who are still operating on 3G networks and capabilities will need to continue to remain patient as the more advanced network services we’re all waiting for eventually reach our areas, which is a telltale sign that companies are not ready for the network expansion just yet, but many hope that will soon change.

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Simple Solutions for Common iPhone Problems

Simple Solutions for Common iPhone Problems

Your iPhone is an indispensable part of your life, humming along while you text, check the weather, snap photos and pay your bills. It works great, until one day when it just doesn’t. Suddenly, your trusty little phone is having battery or connection problems or freezing up. It’s at times like these that you realize how much you rely on your iPhone–and how frustrating it is when it just doesn’t work!

While some problems might need professional help, other issues may be something you can fix yourself with just a few tweaks. Read on to uncover some of the most common issues that crop up with iPhones, along with some of the simplest solutions.

When in Doubt, Restart!

There’s a reason that “Did you reboot it?” is a common refrain of IT help desks everywhere. Restarting your iPhone is the first step to correcting any sort of issue you may be having, whether it’s an app being buggy or problems with battery life, wi-fi connections or more. By turning your phone off, waiting at least 10 seconds and then restarting it, you close out of processes and apps, essentially clearing the slate for your phone.

Battery Problems Are a Real Drain

Rapidly draining power on your iPhone can sometimes mean that a new battery is needed, but they can also be a sign of power-hungry apps. To investigate, check iOS’s battery usage utility to see how your iPhone’s power is being used by different apps. Visit Settings > Battery, where the Battery Usage list will give you the lowdown on which apps are drawing power, both in the last 24 hours and over the last week. If you see that one of your apps has a sky-high battery usage, there is a quick fix. From your Settings, go to General and then Background App Refresh. Locate the app and turn off background refresh for it.

Apps can also drain your battery when you simply have too many of them. Clean up your iPhone by periodically uninstalling apps that you never use, and turn off notifications for seldom-used apps that you wish to keep.

Wi-fi Woes

Connecting to wi-fi is a great way to save on your mobile data. That’s why it’s especially irritating when your phone struggles to make or keep a connection. An easy fix for this common problem is to turn the wi-fi off and then on again. Toggling the connection multiple times may be all it takes to restore connectivity. You can also try forgetting the network, then reconnect and re-enter the password. Finally, you can reset networks settings by going to Settings and choosing General > Reset > Reset network settings.

Bluetooth Not Working

If your phone is not connecting with your car or Bluetooth device, there may be a straightforward solution. Begin by checking to make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone by going to your Control Center and making sure the Bluetooth symbol is highlighted in blue. Assuming it is already enabled both on your phone as well as on your car stereo or Bluetooth device, try toggling it in your phone’s Control Center. Tap the Bluetooth symbol twice to turn it off and then on again. Then restart your iPhone.

You can also try unpairing your iPhone from the device or car stereo, then pairing it up again. Under Settings > Bluetooth, find the device you wish to unpair it from, tap the “i” symbol and then choose Forget This Device. Then restart both your iPhone and your car or device before pairing them back up again.

Freezing Phone

When your iPhone is not responding, the fastest way to get it back in service is to do a force restart. This is different than a normal restart in that you press both the sleep/wake button and the power button together. Hold them while counting to ten until the screen shows the Apple logo, then release them.

Sluggish, Unresponsive Touchscreen

The touchscreen is how you communicate with your iPhone, so it’s all the more frustrating when it slows down or stops responding. The most obvious cause of this problem is the case or covering for your phone. Try removing it and wiping the phone’s screen with a soft, slightly moist, lint-free cloth. If your phone is charging, unplug it. And as always, be sure to try restarting your device.

Overheating Phone

Some iPhone users have noticed that their devices get surprisingly hot to the touch. Assuming that there is not a hardware problem such as physical damage to the phone, this can simply mean that the phone’s CPU, or central processing unit, is revved to the max. Often, you’ll notice your phone getting hot when you’re using it for high-intensity activities such as broadcasting a live video. In that case, simply give your phone a chance to rest and cool off. Close out of all apps by double-tapping the Home button, then swiping all active apps off the screen.

If your iPhone remains hot even when you’re not using it, you can track down the likely source of the problem. Oftentimes it’s one misbehaving app. Check Settings > Battery and Battery usage to see if there is one particular app showing a high usage, then update that app or uninstall it altogether.

Restore Your iPhone

This is the step of last resort for all sorts of problems with your iPhone. If the solutions listed above aren’t working, you can try starting over with your phone by restoring it to factory settings. Begin by backing up your data. Make sure your iPhone is connected to wi-fi, then go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud (for iOS 10.3 or later) or Settings > iCloud (for older versions) and choose the items you’d like to back up. Everything you don’t choose will be gone forever. Scroll down to the Backup button, select it and turn on iCloud Backup, and then Back up now.

After you’ve backed up your phone, go to the Settings menu, choose General, and Reset. This will take you to the reset screen, where you can choose Erase All Content and Settings, then Erase iPhone.

Once your phone has reset, you can either use the iOS Set Up Assistant as though you were starting from scratch, or restore from the iCloud back-up you created.

Conclusion

As you can see, many of the common problems presented by your iPhone have relatively simple solutions. With a few taps and swipes, you can fix many of the annoying issues that crop up from time to time. If you’ve tried some of the fixes listed here and your problems persist, it may be a sign that there are bigger problems with your phone. That’s when it’s time to visit an iPhone repair store https://www.telcoworld.com.au/ near you.

 

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Important Smarphone Features: What You Should Look For

Important Smarphone Features: What You Should Look For

When it comes to modern smartphones, we’re spoiled for options. While some features provide clear advantages, knowing what to prioritize can be difficult. Furthermore, some aspects of smartphones are tradeoffs, and users need to find the right balance. Here are a few tips for comparing smartphones and finding the right one for your needs.

Choosing the Right Screen Size

The most obvious factor that differentiates smartphones is their screen sizes, and it’s a factor that requires considerable thought. For people who regularly use their smartphones for browsing the web and watching videos, large screens have an obvious advantage. Large screens are also great for people who enjoy gaming, and they can make it easier to read text and view images. Large screen sizes tend to be more expensive than phones with small screen sizes, but there are large devices at nearly all price points.

Small screens have some advantages as well, the primary one being that they’re easier to grip. Some people prefer phones that are easy to use with one hand, so if portability is important, try to see how much area your thumb can reach while you’re holding the phone. Small phones are easier to stow away as well, and they’re lighter to hold. When it comes to choosing a screen size, it’s worth spending some time trying out devices in a store. If that’s not an option, ask friends to try out their phones to get a feel for varying screen sizes.

Battery Life

Battery technology has improved dramatically over the years, and modern devices can provide more than a day of operation with mild use. For people who use their smartphones more often, especially those who watch videos and play games, battery life can drop significantly over time. Devices with more battery life tend to be more expensive, but a few extra hours of battery life can be a great investment.

Another feature worth considering is devices with replaceable batteries. Many batteries are simple to replace, letting you refresh your phone in a few seconds by swapping out your batteries. Some devices, including many high-end devices, have sealed batteries that aren’t easy to swap out. Replacement batteries are also great for people who spend time away from electrical outlets. If you’re a fan of camping, for example, it might be worth purchasing a device and a few extra batteries you can charge up before heading out.

Screen Resolution

Today’s smartphones have far higher resolutions compared to early models, and even low-resolution devices provide a clear image. Devices with higher resolutions still have some clear advantages. Video looks even smoother with high-resolution screens, and photographers might notice small differences unnoticeable on lower-resolution phones. Furthermore, higher resolutions provide smoother text rendering, and they can be great for games. If you plan on using your phone as a virtual reality device, a high resolution is essential.

The main drawback of higher resolutions is battery life; higher resolutions have more pixels to render, and these pixels consume more battery power. Furthermore, higher resolutions are more demanding in games, and those looking for high frame rates might prefer devices that run at a slightly lower resolution. Fortunately, even devices with relatively low resolutions still provide better clarity than most laptops and televisions, so consider if a premium high-resolution screen is worth the extra expense.

Navigation Features

Smartphones are great devices for navigation, whether you navigate by car, by bike, or on foot. Today’s devices almost always support robust navigation capabilities, letting you take advantage of both included and third-party navigation apps. However, not all devices connect to the same satellites. GPS support almost always included support for the United States constellation of satellites, but support for GLONASS, Russia’s equivalent, can provide better resolution and faster connections. Galileo, a constellation supported by European nations, can provide better connectivity as well.

GPS connectivity is critical for navigation, but there are other tools that help as well. Integrated compass support helps navigation apps respond more promptly, leading to smoother performance. Accelerometers in smartphones also help pick up on turns more quickly for better interaction. If you’re going to use your smartphone for navigating regularly, especially if you navigate on foot often, it’s worth seeing if these hardware features are supported.

Software Updates

Apple devices have relatively reliable update schedules, so find out how long your Apple device will be supported before making a purchase, especially if you’re picking up a used device. Also note that Apple devices sometimes degrade in terms of performance as updates are released, so it may be worth spending a bit extra for a newer device.

Android devices are a bit more complex, as both manufacturers and plan providers offer varying support timelines. Find out how often security updates will be provided to ensure your device stays safe for as long as you plan on using it. If certain features of a new version of Android seem appealing, consider checking out if support will come to your device.

The Right Interface

Smartphone interfaces can vary dramatically. In fact, Apple’s smartphone interface is at the core of why iPhone fans often stick with Apple devices. The iPhone provides an intuitive design that doesn’t change dramatically between versions. If you haven’t yet purchased a smartphone, make sure you give an iPhone a shot when comparing devices.

Google’s Android interface offers a clean look that’s easy to customize, and its familiarity for users makes it a must-have part of any smartphone they buy. Some manufacturers, however, provide their own takes on the Android interface, including Samsung. When comparing Android phones, take some time to explore custom interfaces to find out if there’s one you prefer to Android’s default interface. While hardware elements are important on smartphones, the interface is what you’ll interact with most of the time.

Worldwide Connectivity

Over the years, smartphones have come to support more and more mobile network infrastructure, and it’s now easier to find devices that work across the planet. However, people who travel to specific regions frequently should investigate if devices they’re comparing work well on the latest mobile infrastructure. LTE connectivity offers far greater connection speeds than other connection types, and some countries deprecate older equipment faster than others. Check out if legacy connections will be available in foreign nations you visit.

Another feature worth considering is dual-SIM support. Phones that support two SIM devices are easier to move between countries, and they allow you to keep your familiar phone interface even while crossing borders. Phones with two SIM slots often provide superior connection options to those with a single SIM slot, but it’s still worth investigating before settling on a single device.

Even people who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy regularly use smartphones. They help us stay connected, and they’re great for relieving stress or boredom while waiting. The right device can serve you well for years to come, but choosing one you aren’t happy with might have you wanting to upgrade in a short period of time. Take your time when comparing devices, and try out devices in person if they’re available at a store. By making a list of priorities and narrowing down devices based on the features you value most highly, you can ensure that your chosen phone is one you’ll enjoy for years to come. Visit your local Samsung Melbourne store to shop around and compare smartphones and their features.

 

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A Battle of Giants: Comparing The iPhone 7 Plus And Galaxy S8

A Battle of Giants: Comparing The iPhone 7 Plus And Galaxy S8

Samsung and Apple remain in close competition year after year. They each release new phones according to a predictable schedule. With each new release, we often see new features, design trends, and tools built into the phones. Whether you’re a fan of the iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy, there’s no denying that this competition has fueled some of the greatest innovations in the history of mobile phones.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 Plus are currently the two giants in the smartphone market. The S8 is slightly newer than the 7 Plus, but both are still at the cutting edge of mobile technology. It’s impossible to say that one is truly better than the other in all aspects. Each of these phones has different benefits and flaws that it brings to the table. Following is a closer look at each phone and what it has to offer.

Samsung Makes Up For The Note 7

Most Samsung fans are aware of the Note 7 debacle. Even more so if they were unfortunate enough to purchase one of these phones. What first appeared to be a stunning and capable phone, the Note 7 soon became a safety hazard. Samsung initiated a recall of the device after reports of the battery overheating and starting fires.

There was an attempt to remedy the problem with batteries from a new source, but the problem continued. Finally, Samsung was forced to recall and discontinue production of the Note 7 worldwide during October of 2016. It was an unfortunate incident, but it did lead to some positive changes at Samsung. Changes that benefited the production of the Galaxy S8.

For example, batteries now go through an extensive 8 step inspection phase. This has led to increased battery life as well as energy utilization. They are determined to prevent the incident from repeating itself.

Samsung did all they could to make the S8 stand out so that they would be forgiven for the previous Note 7. This resulted in a phone with incredible performance capabilities, wireless charging features, and high levels of water resistance. It may very well be enough to help fans forget about the past.

The Galaxy S8 Introduces The Infinity Display

In terms of appearance, the Galaxy S8 has set the bar incredibly high. As you might expect from this new generation of smartphones, it looks sophisticated, sleek, and incredibly modern. The most noticeable design feature is the screen itself.

Samsung wanted to find a way a way to increase the size of the screen without increasing the overall size of the phone. What they ended up with is known as the “infinity display.” The infinity screen attempts to utilize as much as the front of the phone as possible for screen space. There are no buttons and very little bezel. The edges of the screen even curve back slightly on the edge of the phone.

It was an innovative design choice and one that paid off. The phone is around 1 centimeter shorter than the iPhone 7 Plus, yet the screen is a full third of an inch larger. They managed to successfully capitalize on space to increase screen size without enlarging the phone. It’s highly likely we will see this design trend continue in the future.

Who Is The S8 Meant For?

Every phone has an ideal audience, even if it wasn’t intended to be that way. The features of the S8 will attract those who want the best looking phone in the market. If you are the type who likes to pull out the latest phone and show it to your friends, then you will love this new Galaxy device.

The fast speed and performance also make it ideal for people who do a lot with their phone. For example, if you’re running a variety of apps for work while keeping up with stocks and checking your Facebook, then you’ll love the speed this device offers.

The people at Samsung claim the device is perfect for those who love mobile gaming and watching videos. Unfortunately, this may not be the case. The curved screen looks great, but it can cause some slight interference with your gaming experience. It’s nothing to worry about if you’re a casual gamer, but if you’re the competitive type who likes climbing leaderboards, then the S8 may slow you down.

Overall, the S8 is a great phone. Most critics claim that it’s the best phone of 2017. But what about the iPhone 7 Plus? Technically it was released in 2016, but it’s still one of the best phones available in 2017. Let’s consider some of its features.

The 7 Plus Improves A Great Phone.

While the iPhone 7 Plus didn’t make any revolutionary design changes like the infinity display, it did manage to improve on an already great phone. If you have used and liked the iPhone 7, then you’re going to like the 7 Plus even more. It’s just that simple.

One of the first things you notice about this phone is its size. There’s a reason that it is often referred to as a “phablet.” It’s big, and it has a large screen. It’s not a phone you can comfortably operate with one hand. However, that’s not necessarily a flaw. The iPhone has a way of owning its size and making it look good.

There were a few small design changes in comparison to the iPhone 7 model. The bump for the camera is slightly larger, the antenna bands curve, and it comes in new colors not available for the older model. You’ll also need to get used to no longer having the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is a change you can expect with all iPhones in the future.

The Two Biggest Changes

There are two significant changes Apple has made with the 7 Plus. The first change is that they’ve completely removed the traditional “click down” home button. The button was replaced with a more modern capacitive button. This is a design trend we are seeing in more and more phones, so it only makes sense that Apple finally decided to take the plunge.

The new button works the same way as a touchscreen button would work. Apple utilizes internal rumble feedback to make it feel as though you’ve pressed a physical button.

Overall, this seems like a small change, but it makes a significant difference. Apple has had some problems with the button in the past. It was possible for debris to work its way in there and interfere with the mechanical button. That’s no longer a problem.

The other significant change is the improvement in its water resistance. The new 7 plus has a water resistance rating of IP67. IP67 means that the phone is completely protected from dust and that it can withstand submersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a water resistance of IP68.

Who Is The iPhone 7 Plus For?

The 7 Plus isn’t heavily targeted at a single group of people. It is great for gaming, for streaming video, and for working. If you are already a fan of the Apple line of smartphones and tablets, then you’ll undoubtedly love this new edition.

However, if you already have the iPhone 7, don’t feel obligated to spend all of your money upgrading to this new model. There are a few great changes, but not necessarily enough to warrant the cost of upgrading. On the other hand, if you’re using an iPhone 6 or older model, then this is the perfect time for an upgrade.

Choosing Your Phone

If you’re interested in owning one of the latest and greatest phones on the market, then you’ll find yourself choosing between the two options covered above. Both of these phones are fast, they look great, they have large screens, and come with a hefty price tag.

Those of you interested purely in aesthetics will likely prefer the Galaxy S8. Those who are more interested in HD gaming and video streaming will prefer the iPhone 7 Plus. These are the two areas where the devices really show their strengths. To see how either of these phones work in person, visit us for all of your Samsung Melbourne and iPhone needs.

 

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Most Common Android Problems And How To Fix Them

Most Common Android Problems And How To Fix Them

There’s no denying the fact that Android is a great operating system. But as great as it is, it’s not perfect. There are still multiple problems that you could face when running on Android. Luckily for you, though, not all these problems are unfixable. In fact, most of them can be fixed easily.

While there is no doubt that Android offers the most stability, reliability, and malware protection among any smartphone operating system, there are going to be times when you face problems.

But, Android is one of the leading smartphone OS’ in the world, and it would be a crime if you stayed away from one just because you were worried about problems. While there are tons of problems which you may face while using Android, there are also easy solutions on offer for each of the problems. We are going to take a look at a few of them here.

Before you get irritated and throw your Android device in the trash or head to the service center, there are a few things you could try on your own to fix most problems on your Android device. Who wants to go through the extra pain and effort of visiting a service center when you can fix it yourself, right? So give this article a read before you give up all hope and start thinking Android is the worst operating system in the world. It is not the end of the world yet, and hopefully, after reading this article, you will agree too.

There are just a few steps you need to follow in order to keep your smartphone in excellent running condition. Here are some of the problems you may face on your Android device along with easy fixes for each of them:

Google Play Store Crash

If your Google Play Store crashes once you launch it, you may just be dealing with a corrupt cache. Usually, a simple ‘clear cache’ will fix this problem. You can follow the below steps on most Android devices today:

– Go to settings > apps > the “all” tab
– Then find Google Play Store and select “wipe cache & data”
– Restart your phone, and you’re done.

If this doesn’t work then perhaps you should also consider wiping the cache for the below services:

– Google Play Services
– Google Services Framework

Don’t forget to restart your phone after both wipes.

Insufficient space

The Android OS allocates fixed storage space for each of its apps. Users are not able to expand this. So, you may just get this error even if your device shows that there is a ton of storage capacity remaining.

The easiest way of freeing up space on your device is by uninstalling the apps you don’t use. But, if you’re using music apps such as Spotify, you may find it difficult to locate exactly where they are being stored. The easiest way to free up space is with the help of a cleaner app like CCleaner. If you are trying to get a visual display of where all of your memory is being consumed, you could consider using DiskUsage. It will visually display all the locations and sizes of your files for easy viewing.

Not downloading apps

There are times when the Google Play store doesn’t let you install or download apps. There are a couple of very popular fixes for this problem. The first one involves wiping the cache for Google Play. The second is to simply erase its history.

Wiping the cache seems to be the best fix for this problem. Here’s how you do it:

– Go to settings > apps > the “all” tab
– Then find Google Play Store and select “wipe cache & data”
– Restart your phone, and you’re done.

You can also give the wiping history option a shot if you want:

– Go to the Play Store > Settings > Selection “Clear History”

Reinstalling Google Play Store

There is no way you are going to be able to uninstall the Google Play Store unless you have root access. This is not something a normal Android user will know about. So while most people think they’ve deleted Play Store, what they’ve actually done is just disabled it. There are many tutorials on the internet which can teach you how to enable it. A simple Google search will suffice here. Nonetheless, here are the steps:

– Go to Settings > Apps and then swipe right till you find the “disabled” tab.
– Find Google Play Store
– Click on “Reenable.”

Installing Google Play

If you get your hands on an imported tablet or smartphone, chances are it won’t have Google Play. Users will have to find an APK from third party sources if they want to install it on their devices. Before getting started, they will have to enable third party sources. Here’s how:

– Go to Settings > Security > Check the “Unknown Sources” box
– Once this is done, you will be able to install the store.

There are videos detailing this process on the internet as well. You can look at them if you want to make the process easier.

Older version of Play Store

Sometimes, the latest version of the Google Play Store might not work on your smartphone or tablet. In such cases, you could try installing older versions instead. You can find links for APK downloads of just about every major Play Store version on the internet. Just download one of them and use the above steps to install a compatible one instead.

Freeing up memory on Android

This is most probably RAM that you’re referring to. The Android OS works best when there are minimal applications installed. This is because there are some apps which run in the background even though you aren’t actually using them. The more the number of apps you have installed, the more the chances of some of them running in the background and eating up RAM. The easiest way of fixing this is by uninstalling all the apps you don’t use.

You shouldn’t consider using app killers as they can negatively impact the way many of your apps function. RAM boosters are just as bad. At first glance, they may seem like the most useful tool ever, but on closer inspection, you will notice that they’re actually harming your phone.

System UI unresponsive

Sometimes, the UI (User Interface) may stop working. If you can’t fix this issue with a simple restart, then you should try wiping the cache for the System UI. Here are the steps to get that done:

– Go to settings > apps > swipe to the “All” tab and choose “System UI”
– Wipe the cache.
– Restart your device.

Downloads aren’t working

There are times when downloads may just fail. Android has a dedicated download manager to take care of this, and sometimes its cache may get corrupted. In such cases, all you need to do is wipe it. Here’s how:

– Go to Settings > Apps > and then swipe to the “all” tab and choose “Download Manager.”
– Wipe the cache.
– Restart your device.

Can’t locate downloads

By default, Android stores all of your downloaded files in a folder labeled “Download.” In order to find this directory, the first thing you need to do is install one of the many file managers you find on the app store. Once you have installed one, go the “SD Card/Download” folder, and you should see a list of all the files you have downloaded till date.

Can’t play downloaded videos

You can start by trying to use the MX player or VLC player. They are capable of playing just about any file you can think of. Sometimes, videos which are in proprietary formats won’t play though. There isn’t a solution for such issues apart from installing the video player which supports the proprietary format.

Accidentally installed malware

You should never install cracked apps or games onto your Android device. In most cases, it will come with malware. But if your phone already has malware, all you need to do is uninstall the app it came with. If you aren’t sure which app it is that is wreaking havoc on your smartphone, try using a malware scanner. Lookout is one of the best Malware scanners out there and should easily be able to find the untrustworthy app. It is lightweight, free, and great at what it does.

Internet not working

One of the main causes of your mobile internet not working is having poorly configured APN settings. If you are using prepaid plans for internet access, chances are you will need to set up an APN before you can use mobile data. If the settings aren’t configured properly, you will need to set them manually. If you have signed up for an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) which leases spectrum, you will have to configure the APN settings of your phone as well.

Can’t connect to WiFi

The chances are your router is to blame in this instance. There are a whole lot of problems that you could be facing with your WiFi router and the easiest solution at times is to simply restart your phone and your router. If this doesn’t work, troubleshooting the router is your best bet.

Breaking Android password

If you have set a password on your Android device and subsequently forgotten it, you are going to need to perform a factory reset using the bootloader. The bootloader is a preboot environment which lets you restore your operating system to the way it was when you got the phone. There are multiple tutorials on breaking Android passwords offered on the internet too, but you shouldn’t count on them.

The first thing you will have to do is get into the bootloader. The method will vary depending on the type of phone you use. For most phones, you can access it by powering the device down completely. Once you power off the device, hold down your volume down and power button to boot the device. Once you are inside the bootloader, you can easily factory reset the device.

Just remember not to try this if you have a custom ROM. It will render the device unbootable.

Android crashes on boot

If your phone isn’t booting, you can use “safe mode” to recover your device. Safe mode will let you disable all your startup apps, one of which will be the one crashing your phone. Once you have booted in safe mode, you can remove the app which is misbehaving. If you are not being able to start your phone, this is one way you may just be able to.

Android device doesn’t come on

The first thing you should do is try to take out the battery. If the battery cannot be removed, hold the power button down for 15 seconds. If this fails, plug the device into power and then hold it down for 15 seconds. If this fails as well, you will need to go to a service center.

There is only one way of turning your phone on, and that is with the power button. If that doesn’t work, you are fresh out of options.

Android doesn’t read microSD card

This happens on many occasions. Formatting the SD card is the easiest solution here. But, this solves only a part of the issue with SD cards. If you haven’t tried this solution yet, give it a shot:

– Go to settings > storage > choose “Format SD card.”
– Select “Format SD card” again from the list of options.

If this doesn’t work, you will have to connect the SD card with a card reader to recover your data. If your files can’t be read even after you connect it to a PC, you will need to use one of the data recovery software available today. There are many effective software available for free. Just pick up any one of them.

Can’t connect Android to Windows PC

There are a couple of ways in which Android devices can connect with a computer. ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is one of them, and the other is MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). ADB allows users to interact with the operating system of Android while MTP just lets you access specially designated storage directories. ADB causes the maximum amount of problems. But, it is quite useful when it comes to sending commands to the Android device from a PC. For beginners, there are many guides on the internet that will help them learn how to use ADB.

If nothing else is working and you have run out of ideas and suggestions, the last resort is to perform a factory reset. This is the Android equivalent of a nuclear option. Here’s how it’s done:

– Go to settings > “Backup & Reset”
– Choose reset from the bottom of this window

Conclusion

Android is supposed to be one of the most robust operating systems in the world right now. As compared to Windows, it is more or less immune to any sort of malicious software. Don’t misunderstand though as it still has a ton of malware for you to watch out for. It is also very easy to recover from almost any software fault as you would have noticed above.

All you really need to do is press a few buttons, and your problems will be solved. It doesn’t get easier than that, does it? So if you were wondering whether you should buy an Android phone or if you are facing trouble with your Android phone, the tips and suggestions provided here should satisfy any problems/doubts that you may have. However, if you still find yourself scratching your head, bring your phone to a Samsung Melbourne dealer near you.

 

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