Tag Archives: App Store

How To Uninstall Android Applications the RIGHT Way

How to Delete Apps from your phone the right way

There are several methods that one can take when on a mission to uninstall Candy Crush or any other application that you may want to delete from your existence.

Quick question before we start…
What is the one thing worse than someone who plays Candy Crush?

Answer: Someone who plays Candy Crush with the sound ON. ūüėÄ

Special thanks to my muse for that one. You know who you are.

Ok, well anyone who knows me knows I love metaphors, so humor me…

One can think of any application package as a big overstuffed garbage bag. The problem arises when you want to take it out to the curb for clean-up day. Well, you decide to drag it down your steps and across the pavement, and it tears along the way leaving residual trash lining the sidewalk…residual stinky trash that is. YUM, makes me hungry.

Does it get the job done?¬†¬†Well kinda, but it’s¬†sure as heck the¬†half*ss way to do it.¬†You’re gonna have to go back and pick up everything that was torn from that bag eventually.¬† Those¬†left over files that get¬†abandoned after an incomplete¬†deletion of a certain application are just like this unwanted litter. You can certainly leave it, but it is going to affect the performance of your device in due time.

What you need to do is¬†carry that trash bag instead of dragging it. This method may involve one or two more taps of your index finger ::OH THE CALAMITY:: but those garbage men (is this ok to say, or am I being politically incorrect?) will be able to retrieve the bag unscathed, thus removing all remnants of a weeks worth of ramen noodle packaging.¬† Ok, now I’m really hungry.

I’m not going to get all technical on you guys and go into great detail, because unless you actually use a file explorer or plug your phone into a computer, you’re never going to see these left over files. Just take my word that they are there.

Here are a couple of ways that you may be DRAGGING that application trash bag: (BAD)

  1. Downloading an application uninstaller app from the Play Store. To each their own, but to me it just seems silly that one would download an app to delete an app. While some may do the job correctly, there is no knowing what exactly you are getting from these, so I would steer clear.
  2. Uninstalling the app from its own Google Play Store download page.  Wrong way to uninstall an app (from playstore)
  3. Going into the applications list page, selecting the “uninstall” option and then clicking the little minus symbol to your heart’s content.WRONG way to uninstall an application

Now that we got that out-of-the-way, here is what you should be doing. (GOOD)

It involves a couple of simple steps.¬† You need to go into your Settings and then choose “Applications” or “Application Manager.”¬† Once on the screen that lists your DOWNLOADED applications, search for the one that you have a personal vendetta against and click on it.¬† Here is the important part that must be done in this order:

1. Force Stop       2. Clear Cache        3. Clear Data        4. Uninstall

How to uninstall applications the right way

Aaaaaaaand that’s how it’s done.¬† Repeat said process until you are done with your spring cleaning, and always remember to take out the trash correctly .¬† Time to make that Ramen…Girl taking out the garbage

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Google Now Can Remember Where You Parked Your Car

Google Now can help you find your parked car

If you are like me, you probably have lost your car on more than one occassion¬†in a mall parking lot.¬† From experience, I can tell you that this is not fun at all.¬† Let’s throw in some rain and/or snow to the mix, and it’s even more miserable.¬† Admit it, you dread the systematic approach of walking down each and every isle until you find it.¬†¬†Can you believe, I’ve even¬†resorted to calling someone to drive me around the parking lot in its pursuit?¬† Truth.¬† Well, Google Now can be your parking savior.¬† I bet the person I called to help me find my car probably wishes I knew about this sooner. Oh well, you live and learn.

A few steps before trying it:

1. Make sure you have the latest version.¬† This feature will require (at least)¬†Google Search Version 3.4.¬† If you are not sure how to find out which version you have, all you have to do is open the Google Search app and find the menu button, select “Help and feedback,” then look at the numbers listed.

2. You need to tell the app that you drive.¬† The Google Now cards will only show if the app thinks that you drive.¬† There is one way to make sure that it does.¬† To do so, when launching the Google Search app, you can tap the customize button (looks like a magic wand) and pick the option “Everything Else.”¬† Then you must click on,” How do you usually get around?”¬† You should select “Driving.”

3.¬†¬† Begin Driving.¬† Google will use the device’s¬†GPS¬† (so your location must be turned on in order for this feature to work)¬†and accelerometer sensors to distinguish driving from other types of movement.¬† Shortly after parking your vehicle, a Google Now card should display with a map showing your approximate location.¬† When the card appears, you can expand the map by clicking on it.¬†If you happen to accidentally swipe the card away, you will have a few moments to get it back by pressing the undo button, so you better act fast!¬† Also, Google will not keep track of your location overnight (yet).

Locations may not be exact, which is why this is not a replacement for your brain.¬† When possible, try to pay an inkling of attention, but then again who am I to talk = )¬† I’m actually writing this post right now while wandering aimlessly trying to¬†find my car… jk.

 

You can download the latest version from the Google Play Store or find the APK here .

 

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 РI 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.

I Should Have Worn Matching Socks.

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It’s 6:25 PM, and I’m sitting in a hospital bed, slightly cold but very happy that I have my “phablet” with me to help pass the time.

I’ve been feeling like general crappola the last couple of weeks, and then today I felt so incredibly sick that I had to leave work and come straight here for a barrage of tests. ¬†I’d post a pic of my IV, but I wouldn’t want to chase away my squeamish readers.

Getting back to the socks…

As I sit here, I can’t help but think, “So this is why my mom always told me to wear matching socks and to never leave the house without underwear.” ¬†At least I got the latter part right. Plus, the socks are at least in the same color family (See Photo Above) A yin and yang if you will.

Lesson learned.

In related news, I should probably tie my humor and boredom into something tech related. ¬†So how’s this for you…

There’s a cool app called Patient Journal available from the iTunes Store.

(Yes folks, hell hath frozen over…I am posting about something non-Android related.) ¬†Maybe I hit my head too.

This app just might make your next hospital stay a tad more comfortable and maybe even safer. ¬†One benefit is that it’s a great way to keep track of all medication given and procedures performed.

Now, I shall go and peruse the Google Play Store to find its Android equivalent.

Gosh it’s cold in here. Brrrrrr!

P.S. I had some hospital selfies that I was tempted to post, but I didn’t want to make BuzzFeed’s next “Worst Types of Selfies” list.

You Cannot Create An Apple ID Because You Do Not Meet The Minimum Age Requirement

you cannot create an apple id because you do not meet the minimum age requirement

When creating an Apple ID, if you make the unfortunate mistake of entering your birth year wrong or actually being under the age of 13 (and not fibbing about it), then be prepared to see this error message:

“You Cannot Create An Apple ID Because You Do Not Meet The Minimum Age Requirement.”

You try again and again, and then go as far as changing your birth year to 1920, and apparently (or so it seems) the ripe old age of 93 is too young to download and get one’s candy crush saga fix on. ¬†What gives?!

How to fix or get around this issue in the following scenarios:

If you turned 13 today

Make yourself 1 day older, and tomorrow you can change it back to your real day. ¬†Apple doesn’t seem to like 13th birthdays…probably the result of some repressed adolescent trauma of sorts.

If you are under 13 (and planning on lying about it thus landing yourself on Santa’s naughty list this year) or if you actually are over 13 and just messed up on entering your birth year due to your monstrous thumbs hitting the wrong key

  • You can wait 24 hours and try again.
  • Go to settings, then safari, then clear history, cookies, and cache. Then re-register for your new itunes/apple user account.
  • Try creating the account from a different device (for example a friend’s phone or another computer). ¬†Remember you don’t have to create it in the actual app store application under “create new account.” ¬†You can also open a browser tab and search for “apple id” and then choose to create a new account this way as well. ¬†It doesn’t have to be from an iDevice.

So, now that I have just showed children under the age of 13 how to trick the system, I’m gonna try and lay my head down on my pillow tonight and sleep soundly. ¬†Tomorrow I better help an old lady or two cross the street to balance the scale. ¬†Sweet Dreams.