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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.

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.

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.

How To Fix The Blackberry Error Message “Unable to Connect to the Selected Mobile Data Service, Please Try Again Later”

"Unable to connect to the selected Mobile Data Service, please try again later” appears on a BlackBerry smartphone that is no longer associated with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server

If you’re trying to use your browser on your blackberry device and seeing this little gem of an error message above, rest assured it can be fixed in about 1 minute.  This error message will happen on a blackberry that was once connected to an enterprise server in the past, but is no longer.  This is caused by the Desktop [BrowserConfig] service books still being present on the device.  If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it, and just follow the steps below to get your browser up and running in no time.

  1. Click on OPTIONS from the main screen.
  2. Select ADVANCED OPTIONS.
  3. Click on SERVICE BOOKS.
  4. Highlight the first Desktop [*] service book in the list.  You will probably need to scroll down the list.
  5. Press the MENU (blackberry) key, and click DELETE.
  6. Perform step 4 and 5 for ALL of the remaining desktop service books.  Just scroll down the list and do one at a time until you get to the last one.

Now, your browser will be working again, and you can revel in its super speedy capabilities (sarcasm).

 

How To Stop Unwanted Text Messages From 6250 That Say VZWNMN:1

So, you are getting multiple text messages from “6250” that say VZWNMN:1 over and over and over and over and over and…(I’m actually trying to be as redundantly annoying and tedious as these the text messages themselves).  Well, are you annoyed?  Of course you are!  Here is an explanation of what they are exactly, but more importantly how you can make them..

pink stop sign

Here is a cliff notes version of what is causing these unwanted texts:

Verizon introduced a new free feature some time ago called “sync and connect,and this allows smartphone users to view an all-in-one inbox online of all of their email account messages.  This includes access to their email accounts through My Verizon, and basically users are getting alerts via text message when a new email hits their inbox.  You caaaaaaaaan add this number to your block list to keep your phone from getting these alerts, but this is really only the equivalent of putting a bandaid on on the issue to mask the problem.  You want to completely stop them right?  Continue reading…

1.  First, log into your My Verizon Account.

2.  On the left and side of the screen, under Account Management, click on Change Features.     You may have to click the drop down to expand the menu.

How To Stop Unwanted Text Messages From 6250 That Say VZWNMN:1

3.  Select of the device that you would like to remove this service from.

4.  Scroll down until you find “Contact Management” and click Remove.

How To Stop Unwanted Text Messages From 6250 That Say VZWNMN:1

Ta’ Da’ !  There you have it boys and girls.  If you are unable to remove this feature yourself, you can reach customer service by dialing *611 from your mobile phone or by dialing 1800-922-0204.

Google Play Store Error Message “The process com.google.process.gapps has stopped”

unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped

Situation:  You pick up your phone and launch the Google Play Store to download an awesome new app, and to your frustration, it force closes before you get the chance to and are left with this little present of an error message (minus all the cool neon aqua accents that I drew in above).  Can it be fixed? Yes.  Can it be fixed without erasing the phone?  Yes again (well most likely).  “How do I do this?” you ask yourself…continue reading…

1.  Go to Settings.

2.  Then Application Manager.

3.  Make sure you are on ALL applications.

4.  Find Download Manager.  They are not all listed alphabetically.  You may have to scroll to the bottom of the app list to find this.

5.  It will probably say disabled.  Click Enable.

  • If you are still having problems after performing this step, go to  Settings > Accounts and Sync > your google account then uncheck “Sync Internet“.
  • You can also go into Settings > Application Manager > All > Play Store > Force Stop > Clear Cache > Clear Data.

Some devices may not say Application Manager, if not look for Apps or Applications.  It may be labeled differently.

If all else fails, a factory reset will fix the issue, but this is a last resort, as this erases all of the data on your phone.