Category Archives: Samsung Galaxy Note 2

FoxFi Tethering App Stopped Working After Android 4.3 Update

FoxFi Troubleshooting

After updating my Galaxy Note 2…

I know what you’re thinking…

“Damn! She writes a tech blog and is STILL rockin’ the Note 2! Aren’t they on the 3 already, and the 4 is but a shiny sparkle in Phablet lovers’ eyes everywhere?!”

Why, yes…yes I am still PROUDLY using it.  It’s still pretty damn awesome minus the need for a new screen protector and a missing S-Pen, which is the result of one too many Jaeger Bombs a couple of months back.

Anyways, I am getting sidetracked here.  The point of this post is that not too long ago, I upgraded my software to the latest 4.3 version, and my FoxFi tethering app stopped working.  I got some error message about needing to contact my provider to subscribe to this feature.

I do not have AT&T, but I found this image online of someone who apparently had the same problem, and my sick humor finds it absolutely hilarious.  If you are a returning reader, then you probably will too.  It definitely looks like something I would do.

Well, apparently in the latest OS patch, my tethering had been blocked.  My heart literally sank when I tried to connect to my FREE mobile hotspot.  I mean, what the heck is the point of still being a guest at the Unlimited Data party extravaganza and not being able to tether to your heart’s content.  You would have thought my dog died or something judging by my reaction, and rightfully so.

So, what did I do when this happened – I trolled the internet for someone like me who writes posts on how to fix these sorts of things.  Just like you are doing now reading this, I sat there for 20 minutes clicking links on a search to make this  ::insert expletive here::  then  ::insert compound supporting expletive here::  work again.

Here’s the fix for it.  Note, it may involve a couple different steps.

1. Make sure you update FoxFi to the latest version.  You can do this from the Google Play Store.  If you uninstall the app and reinstall it, this also accomplishes the same task, because it will automatically update to the latest version.

2.  Launch the app and check the box to activate WiFi hotspot.

FoxFi Troubleshooting

3. You will need to install a certificate in order to use the app.

FoxFi Troubleshooting 4. You can name it whatever you want.  As you can see from the image below, I was not very original.

FoxFi Troubleshooting

5. Then, you will have to check the box next to “I trust this application.”  If you’re working through trust issues presently, you may have a little trouble with this step.  Just book an extra therapy session this week and you’ll be fine.  Trust me – no pun intended.

FoxFi Troubleshooting6. You will then get a message telling you to beware that after the next update to Android KitKat 4.4, you may be…how can I put this nicely…S.O.L.  So, you may want to ignore any future software update notifications.  This is not fact, but just a disclaimer from the developers, as they do not accept any responsibility for this and give subscribers a fair warning.

FoxFi Troubleshooting

 

P.S. You will be required to password protect your phone either by pattern or pin in order for this app to work.

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Android 4.3 Auto Complete Isn’t Working

Remember when we actually had to memorize people’s phone numbers?  It wasn’t really thaaaaaat long ago you know.  Of course, we don’t really need to do that anymore, because our Smart Phones do that for us, right?  Well, in short, the answer is yes; however occasionally settings can become reset and leave you scratching your head when pick up your device to text or call someone and your “Smart” Phone isn’t acting so smart anymore.

Do not fret. We will have this little dilemma fixed in no time and have you back to doing more important things with your spare time…like building LEGO® sculptures into replicas of your favorite jersey Shore fist-pumping establishment.    = )

“So what happened?” you may be wondering.  A lot of people don’t realize that when you hit that little button to agree to your software update, your phone’s settings get set back to factory defaults MOST of the time (with all your important stuff still kept intact).  If you’ve recently updated to the latest Android Jelly Bean version 4.3 and have noticed things aren’t quite right, this is most likely the reason why.  This auto complete feature is not enabled by default.

4 Steps to Happiness

1. Open your PHONE application, like you are going to make a phone call.  I know you will be able to find this relatively easy.

2. Click the MENU soft key. Love how this key lights up!!

3.  Choose Settings.  You should be able to see either some version of “settings” or “call settings” displayed.

4. Now here’s the mucho, mucho most important part.  Mike sure Dialpad Auto Complete is enabled.

♥ This SHOULD fix the issue when populating contacts in your phone and texting apps.  If you are still having problems in the texting app, you can try and see if there is a similar setting there.  Unfortunately, I do not have a device updated to the latest Jelly Bean version out, so I can not test it.

I’m still waiting for this push to roll out for my beloved Galaxy Note 2, and I will be posting about what to expect as far as changes go with this new OS release…for those of you wondering if you should hit that little update button or not.  You can in fact, defer till the cows come home, but eventually resistance becomes futile.

 

Little Things . . .

It's the Little Android Things

My disclaimer for this post is the following:

You will not gain any sort of substantial knowledge from continuing to read this.  I repeat, you will not learn anything.  In fact, you may actually find that you just wasted about 30 seconds of your life.  If you’re ok with this then read on, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

So, after reading the title of this post, you can probably guess it doesn’t take much to amuse me.  Let’s say, if I had just discovered the secret to world peace in one hand and a teeny tiny turquoise paperclip strewn with coral-colored polka dots in the other, I’d probably think to myself, “How in the world did they get those tiny polka dots on there!?  That’s so cool!”  Yup, the little thing will win nearly every time.  That being said…

In your Samsung Galaxy [insert recent device name here], follow this pathing:

Settings > About Phone > Then this is where the magic happens folks!

About Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Once you are on the “About Phone” screen tap 3 times on “Android Version.”  A screen will pop displaying the image of your device’s Android dessert-themed OS.

Can you guess mine?

Android Jelly Bean

You would think that once figuring this out, I’d do it once, maaaaybe twice and then stop. We can pretend this is how it went down and call it a day.  How awesomely cute is this!?!  I mean who randomly goes through their phone screens tapping things multiple times to see what happens?  ::Raises Hand:: This girl.  Actually, I have a pretty good explanation, because I was trying to help someone who posted a developer options menu question on here, and this kinda just happened.  I’m not gonna lie, I was ecstatic when it did though.

I can’t help but wonder, does this occur on other manufacturer’s devices (HTC, Motorola, etc)?  I’d be curious to know.  Please comment below if you are equally as intrigued by the “little things” and don’t mind wasting a micronic* moment of your existence.  Thanks!

* I just now invented this word.

micronic |ˈmīˌkrän,ik|

adjective

a word used to describe something very small.  A unit of measurement.

ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Greek mikron, neuter of mikros ‘small.’

Backup Assistant Failed To Read Data From Android Contacts Provider – ERROR CODE 10

Backup Assistant Failed To Read Contacts From Android Provider Error Code 10

A desperate google search for the above error message has probably brought you to this page.  Well, I’m happy to have you here, but I wish it was under slightly better circumstances.  Needless to say, pull up a chair and stick around for a bit, because I’m going to show you how to fix it and reset your Backup Assistant account.

First, go to SETTINGS > APPLICATION MANAGER or APPLICATIONS > ALL and locate the apps listed below.
You will only have 2 out of the 3 (sync services and ONE of the other 2).
  • Backup Assistant
  • Backup Assistant Plus
  • Sync Service

Backup Assistant Failed To Read Contacts From Android Provider Error Code 10Backup Assistant Failed To Read Contacts From Android Provider Error Code 10

Next, FORCE STOP the application, CLEAR DATA and CLEAR CACHE.

Now, you will have to create a new backup assistant account.  Go into SETTINGS > ACCOUNTS AND SYNC > BACKUP ASSISTANT.

When you launch it, it will require a code, but you are not trying to restore your contacts, you are trying to backup the ones you already have on your phone.  So, choose “create new account,” and then choose a password (preferably 4 zeros or something you will remember).  Voila! You have simultaneously created a new backup assistant account and brought about world peace…Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating about the world peace part.

How to Opt Out Of SMS Emergency Alerts

SMS Emergency Alerts

A couple of weeks ago I was at work, and out of nowhere one of the most obnoxious sounds ever blared through the entire building.  I actually thought it was a fire alarm at first but soon realized it was coming from the mobile phones of every single person in the room in unison.  There had to have been at least 30+ people present.  You see, it is now not only the latest episode of American Idol that’s being interrupted by these pesky Emergency Alerts, because  times they are a changing.

This all started in June of 2012 when the federal government and wireless service providers built a system called the  Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) also known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  This system sends text-like messages to wireless phones that are in the vicinity of an impacted area.  Standard text messaging charges do not apply.  I repeat standard text messaging charges do not apply, so you don’t have to worry about being charged for them if you are not subscribed to a texting package.  Even so, many people find these rather annoying.  The good news is that you can opt out of MOST of them.

There are 3 different types of messages that are sent:

  1. Presidential Alerts – Alerts issued by the President of the United States or someone with similar authority
  2. Imminent Threat Alerts – Alerts that include severe man-made or natural disasters, including tornados, hurricanes, tsunami or other even where there is an imminent threat to life or property
  3. AMBER Alerts – Alerts to help law enforcement search for and locate an abducted child

*Presidential alerts are the only ones that you can not opt out of receiving*

If you wish to be excluded from these audio bundles of joy, the setting to turn them off is located within the messaging app of your device (most phones but not all).  If it is not located there, you can check under the standalone settings app.  The following is an example provided from the Galaxy S3/S4/Note 2 series.

On your phone FIRST go into your MESSAGING application where you can see your text message threads then press the MENU key and choose SETTINGS.

From here you will see this:

SMS Emergency Alerts

SMS Emergency Alerts

If you really wanna have some fun with this then you can click on “Emergency notification preview” in the company of someone else.  The most opportune time would be in the following scenarios:

When they are either:

Sleeping, Reading a book, or Deep in thought studying for finals

SMS Emergency Alerts

At this point you should probably be prepared for bodily harm and/or flying objects.

Help! Why is my Samsung Galaxy S3 Talking To Me!?!

Why is my Galaxy s3 talking to me?

First thing’s first…if my phone addressed me in the way depicted in the picture above, I would let it talk to me as much as it wanted to.  However, this is probably not the case.  My guess is that you are here, because you are probably being driven nuts trying to find a way to stop that little bugger from telling you every time you have “ONE NEW EMAIL!”

The first time I experienced this was after a rather loooooooooong night in AC.  Long story short, my phone found its way into one of the many of Harrah’s porcelain thrones that evening.  Don’t judge me.  Seriously, you think you are annoyed now!  Try having your phone talk to you non-stop after one too many Jager Bombs.  Now multiply that by 50, add in a nominal amount sleep, and while you’re at it let’s have an easter egg hunt for Advil LiquiGels when you can hardly think straight.

::FLASHBACK:: Ahhhh the room is spinning!  One foot on the floor.  You can do this.  You’re not a rookie.  Hmmm…I’ll just deal with the mindless annoyance for now.  Yup, this is how it happened.  No shame folks.

Fast forward 1 hour and 45 minutes later…

STOP!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!! PLEASE!! MY HEAD IS THROBBING! WHERE AM I?  WHAT DID I DO LAST NIGHT?  WHY IS MY PHONE TALKING TO ME?  WHY ARE MY LIQUID INDICATORS RED?  OOOOooooo That’s why.  I remember now.  Well, I hope I used hand sanitizer.

Well, at first I thought my phone’s new found speech capabilities were just a side effect of the water damage.  Not so.  That little guy held up like a submarine.  You can imagine my relief when I realized it was just a setting that I turned on accidentally in my drunken stupor.

So, your phone is talking to you because:

  1. You have DRIVING MODE turned ON     OR     2.  You have TALKBACK ENABLED

In the event that DRIVING MODE is on, you will need to swipe your notification bar down and scroll from right to left to find driving mode.  Make sure it is not highlighted in green.  See photos below.

BAD

BAD

GOOD

GOOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If TALKBACK (for the visually impaired) is enabled, you will have to go to SETTINGS > ACCESSIBILITY > TALKBACK > OFF

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and…SILENCE! FINALLY!  Just think, you didn’t even have to deal with this in a drunken and/or hungover state.  Doesn’t that make you feel so much better?

Now if only I could get back all of my dignity and self respect that I lost that night.  Who am I kidding?!  As I sit here typing this, I’m looking up comp rooms at Borgata for this Memorial Day weekend.  Oh, and by the way, I did eventually find some Advil.   = )

Android Universal Search Application for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 2

vtap universal search

A few days ago, I was assisting someone who was set on returning their newly purchased Samsung Galaxy S3, because despite all of its bells and whistles, still managed to lack one feature in particular – a universal search function.  This happened to be a deal breaker for him, so he was ready to pay a restocking fee and reactivate his prehistoric blackberry back onto his phone number.  Apparently dealing with its slower than slow browser capabilities were more than worth it if he was able to search his entire phone contents with a couple clicks of his qwerty keyboard.  For some reason, this didn’t sit well with me.  I mean to each their own, but his new phone was light years ahead of what he was about to go back to.  It’s like he had a Maserati for a day, but was about to turn the keys in and pull out of the lot with his Ford Tempo that he traded in only a day earlier.

I was not about to let the sheer awesomeness of this device slip through this guy’s hands, all because of one measly little universal search function.  No.  Not happening on my watch.

When the S3 came out, it actually did have this function built into the operating system, but because of Apple’s lawsuit regarding infringement Samsung removed this ability from the phone, essentially “dumbing down” its flagship device.  Don’t even get me started with this, cause I would like to keep this post to a relatively easy read.  That being said…

I had about 2 minutes while I was processing the return, to save this guy from making a huge mistake.  Thank you 4GLTE, because within no time I was able to search the Google Play store and find  and download Vtap by Veveo onto my own phone to test it out.  It’s a 3rd party universal search function, and within seconds I was hooked, and I was sure the guy standing across from me would be too as soon as I showed him this needle in a haystack.  Seriously, I felt like Christopher Columbus, except for the fact that Vtap isn’t exactly America.  After the initial setup it worked flawlessly!  I was able to find contacts, apps, music, text messages, emails, utilities and other essential things on my phone quickly and easily.  For a full description of what the app is capable of, click on the link above, which will take you to Google Play Store.

As if this awesome app isn’t enough…wait for it…

vtap universal search by veveo

After, you download the application, you can go into your widgets and you now have a Vtap universal search widget that you can put on one of your customizable screens.  It’s the little things that make me happy.  I swear.

Long story short, remember the gentlemen I was talking about earlier, well after I showed him Vtap, he kept the Maserati = )