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How to Get Adobe Flash Player Back on Your Android Phone

Adobe Flash Android

I’ve done my share of flashing…

ROMS of course!!!

What in the world were you thinking?!  This isn’t a Spring Break post.  I mean, it’s not even March for goodness sake!

That being said, with the advent of Jelly Bean, many an Android users have noticed some of their favorite websites no longer loading on their devices.  This is because Adobe decided to ix-nay their support of flash player on Android devices a while back.

So, your first reaction is to go to the Google Play Store and download some sort of Flash Player – Problem solved, Right?  Wrong!  The latest version will, in fact work, but you need to download it via an APK file (see definition here) and download it manually.  This isn’t as hard as it sounds.

First, you will need to enable downloads from unknown sources.  To do this go to SETTINGS > SECURITY > and make sure there’s a check next to “UNKNOWN SOURCES.”

Disclaimer: Installing third-party software means taking risks with your device and/or personal information. You will be responsible for any issues caused by the installation, and should only proceed if you are prepared to deal with these possible consequences.

The most recent APK file can be downloaded here.  I suggest visiting this site and downloading this file right on your device itself.  Once it is downloaded you can drag your notification bar down and tap to install it or use a file explorer ( I use Astro File Manager) to find and install the file on your device.  Once installed, you will need to use a browser that still supports it (Firefox and Dolphin being two that come to mind).  If you need to download them just head to the Google Play Store to do so.  Enjoy!

Android Universal Search Application for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 2

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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…

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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 = )

How to Disable Google Voice Dialer on DROID RAZR Series

How to Disable Google Voice Dialer

After, the Android 4.1.2 Jellybean update, you may have noticed a new “Google Now” tool bar popping up on your smartphone screen.  With this change, the normal “Voice Actions” that you have gotten to know and love have been replaced with Google Voice actions.  So, if you find yourself saying, “Oh my original Voice Actions, where art though?” and miss seeing this screen:

How to Disable Google Voice Dialer

Then, this post is for you.  Yes you.

The reason I decided to write this post, is because I have been hearing a lot of people complaining about Google’s Voice dialer mainly from users of Motorola Series’ phones (RAZR, RAZR MAXX, RAZR MAXX HD, RAZR M).  Many times, it gets the name wrong, doesn’t recognize what you are saying, doesn’t ask for confirmation before placing a call, and then winds up calling the wrong person.  A lot of people have asked me, “How can I get the original voice actions back that came with the phone before this latest OS update?”  So in response, I played around with the phone a tad and have come up with this TEMPORARY solution.  I say temporary, because this “fix” will also disable other voice functions on your device in other apps.

1.  Go to Settings.

2.  Go to Apps or Application Manager.  Then scroll over to ALL apps.

3.  Find Google Search and Disable it.

After performing these steps, your original voice actions should be restored.  Do keep in mind that you may have issues with certain apps, for example Google Navigation, when trying to use the google voice search with it.  So, you will have to weigh what is more important to you if you run into this issue and decide what you are willing to give up in order to have your old tried and true voice actions back.  I am hoping that there will be an update to Google Voice dialer released soon that will address the glitches associated with it.  Also, if you decide to re-enable Google Voice dialer, you can follow the same pathing as in the steps above, except this time when under the ALL Apps section, disabled apps will appear at the bottom of the list and not in alphabetical order.  Simply find Google Search and Enable it.

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.

How To Backup and Restore Text Messages

SMSBackup1Unlike your contacts and photos, which are more commonly  automatically backed up via micro SD cards and online servers, your SMS Text messages don’t exactly follow in their footsteps.  So, in the event that you are trying to A. Transfer them to your *shiny* new phone because you just upgraded that bad boy or B. Trying to back them up before performing a factory data reset…this app will come in handy.  It is available free for Android devices from the Google Play Store.

1.  After installing and then opening the app, choose the option to Backup you messages.

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2.  Select where you would like your backup to be stored.  I prefer the external Micro SD card.

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3.   Enter a name for the file, or just leave what is already there and press OK .

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4.  Your phone will proceed with the backup.

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5.   Once finished, your phone will tell you that the “Backup is Completed.”  If any messages fail to backup, it is most likely because they are picture/media messages.  This app will not backup these types of messages, so in order to do so you will have to actually go into the message, long press on it, and if given the option to save the attachment, do so.  This will save it to your SD card or phone memory.

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6.  You will then see a message that says this:

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**Please be aware that for some reason, regardless of what option you choose, CERTAIN model phones automatically create the backup on your phone’s memory.  This is especially important if you are performing a factory reset, because after you create the backup you will need to transfer it to either your computer or a micro SD card BEFORE performing the factory reset, reason being once you reset your phone the backup you just created will be erased.  Your device may or may not fall into this category.  The easiest way to check and see where this backup is stored is by taking out your SD card, using a micro SD card reader and opening the folder on your computer.  If you can locate a folder titled “SMSBackupandRestore,” and there is an .XML file in that folder, the file is backed up on the sd card.  If it is not there, you will have to plug your PHONE into your computer, locate that folder and drag & drop it onto your desktop to get it off of the phone’s memory before you reset your device**

8.  You are now ready to A. Factory reset/restore or B. Transfer texts to the new device.  Proceed.  After booting up the new device, or after the device restarts following the factory wipe, download the same application and launch it.  This time instead of choosing Backup, choose Restore.

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9.  Choose the name of the file you just created and then click OK. (If it says that there are no backups, but you know from the above step that the backup is in fact on your SD card, the app is trying to read the phone’s memory for that backup.  Simply move the backup from your SD card to your phone.  Again, certain model phones require this extra step.  The process for this involves plugging your SD card and your phone into your computer via USB and dragging the file from your SD card onto your device memory.  Once you do this, it will show up in the app when searching for a backup to restore from).

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10.  Now choose whether or not you want to Restore All Messages  or Restore from a certain date and click OK.

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11.  If you want your phone to check for duplicates, it can take a lot longer if you have thousands of texts and tons of threads.  On this screen selecting NO will help make the restore significantly faster.

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You will now see a progress bar as the restore is occurring.  It is not necessary to remain on this screen.  If you press the home button and go into your text messaging app, you will see the threads moving.  This restore process will continue going on in the background until it is complete.  Wait to actually use the text messaging app until it is completed though.