Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hot Glo New Settings Working Flawlessly With Anonytun Vpn With High Speed

Xup guys it is your boy Joan with abother stabke and flawlessly rocking glo free browsing with new settings to have least minimum of 500kb/sec-700kb/sec if you follow this guidelines carefully.

Well, no more talk then let's proceed to what you really came here looking for lol..

Well this free setting is actually based on APN configuration and we will be joking round the apn as well as a little modification to your anonytun vpn setting

Requirements
Yiur Glo sim.
A strong 3g network or 4g if available
Downaod the latest anonytun vpn on playstore or neglect if you already have the updated one on your phone.

CONFIGURATION For Glo New Settings Using AnonyTun
APN

LIKE i said earlier we will be using apn to make it works perfectly with anonytun vpn and with an extremely fast Internet speed. So use any of the below listed apn:
glofast
glointernet
glo3gvideo
glo4gvideo
glospeed
glosecure
glofastest

So make sure you change your aon to any of the above listed apn and test it patiently.
Now follow thus screenshot in configuring your anonytun can vpn

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As you can clearly see my screennshot blazing it with 436kb/sec while the other reading 708kb/sec.

So follow this step carefully for it work perfectly for you. Feel free to drop youe comment as it will be attended if yours is not working.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oukitel U22 Coming With 4 Camera's Will be Available This Month... See Specs Below

You are mostly familiar with smartphones with dual rear cameras and selfie camera… but now its soon becoming old fashion as newer smartphones emerges with incredible cameras for both rear and selfie. I won’t be surprise if by the year 2020 smartphones start coming with 3 front cameras and 3 rear camera because the future of technology is so glaring.
Oukitel device known  for shepherding large battery seems to have taken a new dimension as its about to release its latest device this month Oukitel U22.
Oukitel U22 is coming with 4 Cameras design, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and definitely budget friendly.
Main Specifications
Display
Size: 5.5 inch HD
Resolution: 1280*720 pixels

Software
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Chipset: MT6580A quad-core 1.3GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM+16GB storage, 32GB expandable
Screen: 2 points capacitive screen
Back: polycarbonate battery cover

Cameras
Primary: 13.0MP +2MP, flash light support
Secondary: 8.0MP+2MP, flash light support


Connectivity
Network: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; WCDMA: 900/1900/2100MHz;
SIM Card: 1micro SIM+1nano sim+ 1 TF card
WLAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/, Support Hotspot
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
GPS: GPS/AGPS/GLONASS
USB: Micro-USB 5Pin
Earphone jack: 3.5mm
FM Radio: support
Sensors: Fingerprint sensor/Gravity sensor/proximity sensor/Light sensor

Battery: 2500mAh

Etisalat Introduced Ramadan Kareem Data Plan... 1GB For N200

Etisalat just introduced this new offer to all her customers and not just for our Muslim brothers and sisters but for all her customers both existing and new subscribers. It is called Ramadan Kareem offer.

Etisalat Ramadan Kareem offer gives you 1GB for N200 only and it works on Android, iOS, PC or anything eligible to access internet 247 none stop. The good news about this plan is that you can re-subscribe once you exhaust your data. It doesn’t zap as well.



How Can I Subscribe?

Its simple, recharge your line with N200 and dial *929*10#. 

Note: The validity period for this data is 3 days. What do you think on this?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Unlock Spectranet & InterC Huawei MiFi Modem (E5573s-606 &E5573s-320)

I’ll make this simple to understand… Just follow me like a mermaid until we reach where we are going. Over the years, unlocking MiFi modems has always been a bone of contention because most network normally lock it to their network… which in other words won’t allow you to use other network chip.


Today, I’m going to show you how to unlock Huawei 4G MiFi with Model Number E5573s-320 and E5573s-606 MiFi modem. Spectranet and InterC Huawei Modem falls within this categories but I’ll urge you to check your MiFi Model very well before you try the below;
Unlocking your Huawei 4G MiFi router with E5573s-320 & E5573s-606 will give you room to use any 4G network sim like ntel, SMILE, Swift InterC etc…without any form of restriction.
Note, if your don’t have the specified Model stipulated above, just pretend like NFA and click on the next post.
Requirements
>>Huawei Mobile Partner (if you don’t have it, download it here)
>>Latest HiLink Drivers (download it here)
>>Latest Huawei HiLink driver V5 (download it here)
>>Huawei E5573s-606 firmware version (download it here)
>>Huawei E5573s-320 firmware version (download it here)
>>Huawei code calculator (download it here)
>>Universal master code generator (download it here)
>>Make sure your Huawei MiFi Modem (Spectranet, InterC) is fully charged
I’ll make this simple to understand… Just follow me like a mermaid until we reach where we are going. Over the years, unlocking MiFi modems has always been a bone of contention because most network normally lock it to their network… which in other words won’t allow you to use other network chip.

Today, I’m going to show you how to unlock Huawei 4G MiFi with Model Number E5573s-320 and E5573s-606 MiFi modem. Spectranet and InterC Huawei Modem falls within this categories but I’ll urge you to check your MiFi Model very well before you try the below;
Unlocking your Huawei 4G MiFi router with E5573s-320 & E5573s-606 will give you room to use any 4G network sim like ntel, SMILE, Swift InterC etc…without any form of restriction.
Note, if your don’t have the specified Model stipulated above, just pretend like NFA and click on the next post.
Requirements
>>Huawei Mobile Partner (if you don’t have it, download it here)
>>Latest HiLink Drivers (download it here)
>>Latest Huawei HiLink driver V5 (download it here)
>>Huawei E5573s-606 firmware version (download it here)
>>Huawei E5573s-320 firmware version (download it here)
>>Huawei code calculator (download it here)
>>Universal master code generator (download it here)
>>Make sure your Huawei MiFi Modem (Spectranet, InterC) is fully charged
Follow the Below steps to unlock your device.
Step 1: Unzip the Huawei hiLink drivers that you downloaded above and install them on your PC. Once your installation is complete, reboot your PC so that the drivers can be fully updated with your PC.
Step 2: Unzip and launch the universal master code generator, put in your imei and click on generate
Step 3: Copy the flash code(to notepad) from the imei generated which will serve as your password
Step 4: Insert an unsupported sim into your Huawei E5573s-606 or E5573s-320 router and connect it to your PC via USB cable.
Step 5: Unzip the Huawei E5573s-606 firmware you downloaded and go to the folder where “Prod&Serv&Cust”, run the file P711S-E5-update_21.110.99.03.00.exe
Step 6: It will request for password, input the flash code you copied to your notepad as password and hit the ok button. Wait for the installation to finish. At this point, do not disconnect your usb cable, your PC must not shot down or otherwise.
Step 7: Once the process has been successfully completed, extract and launch Huawei code calculator
Step 8: Click on the read tab to generate your unlock code as will be display on the result field ()
Step 9: Unzip and open the second Huawei E5573s-320 firmware you downloaded earlier, run the E5573_Update_21.180.17.00.00.exe.
It will update your router firmware and drivers will be installed accordingly. 
Step 10: Once the update is complete, go to your Huawei mobile partner interface, settings select network settings, and pop up to insert your unlock code will appear.
Step 11: Enter the unlock code you generated in step 8 and your Huawei mifi router will be unlocked.
With this, you can rock any 4G network chip in your MiFi router.
Follow the Below steps to unlock your device.
Step 1: Unzip the Huawei hiLink drivers that you downloaded above and install them on your PC. Once your installation is complete, reboot your PC so that the drivers can be fully updated with your PC.
Step 2: Unzip and launch the universal master code generator, put in your imei and click on generate
Step 3: Copy the flash code(to notepad) from the imei generated which will serve as your password
Step 4: Insert an unsupported sim into your Huawei E5573s-606 or E5573s-320 router and connect it to your PC via USB cable.
Step 5: Unzip the Huawei E5573s-606 firmware you downloaded and go to the folder where “Prod&Serv&Cust”, run the file P711S-E5-update_21.110.99.03.00.exe
Step 6: It will request for password, input the flash code you copied to your notepad as password and hit the ok button. Wait for the installation to finish. At this point, do not disconnect your usb cable, your PC must not shot down or otherwise.
Step 7: Once the process has been successfully completed, extract and launch Huawei code calculator
Step 8: Click on the read tab to generate your unlock code as will be display on the result field ()
Step 9: Unzip and open the second Huawei E5573s-320 firmware you downloaded earlier, run the E5573_Update_21.180.17.00.00.exe.
It will update your router firmware and drivers will be installed accordingly. 
Step 10: Once the update is complete, go to your Huawei mobile partner interface, settings select network settings, and pop up to insert your unlock code will appear.
Step 11: Enter the unlock code you generated in step 8 and your Huawei mifi router will be unlocked.
With this, you can rock any 4G network chip in your MiFi router.

VKWorld Z3310 is A Carbon Copy of Nokia 3310 (2017) With Better Spec

They say “Immature brand imitate; mature brand steal; bad brand deface what they take, and good brand make it into something better, or at least something different.”  VKworld Z3310 is a perfect imitation of the newly released Nokia 3310 whose price have scared Nokia fans away from purchasing the phone not only in Nigeria but even in other countries.

You’ll hardly differentiate Vkworld Z3310 from Nokia 3310 except for the VKworld branding at the bottom of the display. The phone is expected to be released at the end of this month and will be sold half of the price of Nokia 3310 and not just that, but it also comes with better spec than Nokia 3310.
You’ll recall that Nokia 3310 has a 2.4” display, 16MB of built-in memory and a microSD card slot (32GB max.) It also features a 2MP rear camera with flash and a 1200mAh battery. If VKWorld is offering something better, then we should expect a larger built-in memory, a higher resolution camera and a slightly bigger battery.

Top 3 Selling Android Smartphones of The Week Below N35,000 With Finger Print ID

Are you looking for smartphone to buy this season with decent memory and ram? The good news is that you can get cheaper Android devices below N35K. Here are my Top 3 Cheapest Android smartphone of the week.
Oukitel K4000 Plus
OUKITEL K4000 Plus is a 4G Smartphone, 5.0 inch  and come preloaded with Android 6.0 marshmallow out of the box, MTK6737 Quad Core 1.3GHz,  2GB RAM 16GB ROM Front Touch Sensor and 4100mAh Battery.
Main Features:
Display: 5.0 inch, 1280 x 720 pixels HD screen
CPU: MTK6737 Quad Core 1.3GHz
System: Android 6.0
Camera: 8.0MP ( SW 13.0MP ) rear camera + 2.0MP ( SW 5.0MP ) front camera
Sensor: Ambient Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Touch Sensor
SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby, Micro SIM / Micro SIM
Feature: GPS
Bluetooth: 4.0
Network:
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHz
FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
Battery: 4100mAh
Price: N32,899
Leagoo M8 Pro
Leagoo M8 Pro  is a 4G Phablet device and comes preloaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, 5.7 inch Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Screen,  2GB RAM 16GB ROM. For the camera, 13.0MP + 5.0MP Dual Rear Cameras  and Fingerprint ID.



Main Features:
See the main specifications below;

Display: 5.7 inch, 1280 x 720 Pixel 2.5D Arc Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen
CPU: MTK6737 Quad Core 1.3GHz
GPU: Mali T720
System: Android 6.0 ( Freeme OS 6.0 )
RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
Camera: 8.0MP front camera + 13.0MP + 5.0MP back camera
Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor
SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. Micro SIM + Micro SIM
Feature: GPS
Bluetooth: 4.0
Network:
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz TD-LTE B40
Battery: 3500mAh battery capacity
Price: N32,100
Leagoo Shark 5000
Main Features:
Leagoo Shark 5000 is a 3G Phablet  device and comes with Android 6.0,  5.5 inch MTK6580A Quad Core 1.3GHz 1GB RAM 8GB ROM 8.0MP + 13.0MP Cameras  and of couse, the selling point is the battery 5000mAh Battery capacity.
The battery should be to carry you 4 days without charging.
Main Spec
Display: 5.5 inch, 1280 x 720 Pixel IPS screen
CPU: MTK6580A Quad Core 1.3GHz
System: Android 6.0
RAM + ROM: 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM
Camera: 8.0MP front camera + 13.0MP back camera
Sensor: Ambient Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor
SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. Micro + Micro SIM
Feature: GPS, A-GPS
Bluetooth: 4.1
Network:
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
Battery: 5000mAh capacity
Price: N29,800


You can get any of the three smartphones from Jumia. Do you have more to add to the list? Use the comment box.

TECNO Announces Android N For These Tecno Smarphones

There is nothing as annoying as using a smartphone for a very long time and it doesn’t receive any system updates talk more of OS update. TECNO devices for a very long time have been lacking in updates, and as a result of this, some of their devices tend to misbehave. It seems to me that as soon as a new
device is launch, they tend to forget about those with older devices. Take for instance, those having in possession TECNO R7 are still running Android KitKat while Android 8 is at the corner.

Anyway, TECNO took to their forum page and announced that starting from August 2017, Android N will be introduced to TECNO phones starting with "The Beast" (Phantom 6 Plus). That's right the Phantom 6 Plus will be getting Android Nougat this August. Not just that update but will also receive Hios 2.2 update
Other devices like TECNO Camon C8, C9 and the older TECNO smartphones are not mention but we are hoping that Android N will get to those devices too.

Video: Blackberry KEYone Durability Test Failed Woefully in The Bend Test

Series of smartphones have undergone Jerryrigeverything scratch, bend and burn test; some survived while some few couldn’t handle the extreme torture from their master.
The durability test for phones includes scratching, burning and bending them. The BlackBerry KEYone did well on the scratch tests, and recovered from the burn test in satisfactory time, but when it came to the bend test it didn't survive it. The screen popped out of the chassis quite easily.

This shows that there's absolutely no adhesive holding it in place. Too bad for the newly released Blackberry KEYone. Watch the full video.

                  
 This shows that there's absolutely no adhesive holding it in place. Too bad for the newly released Blackberry KEYone. Watch the full video.

Rumor: Glo to Acquire Etisalat

This may not be sounding nice but we are about to conduct a wedding solemnization of two Telco’s Globacom and Etisalat.
Though Etisalat has been involved in some earlier saga with 12 banks in Nigeria to the point where the banks almost take over Etisalat managements but NCC came to their rescue. Etisalat recently offered 5% equity stake to the banks in lieu of the loan but the banks rejected it.

Remember that
Last month Data from NCC revealed that MTN has the largest subscribers data base of 60.3 million subscribers, followed by Glo 37.3 million subscribers and  Airtel 34.6 million. Etisalat been the nicher has 18Million subscribers data base.
This is Why Glo Might be Interested in Acquiring Etisalat
1. Globacom can significantly get the number two position by acquiring etisalat subscribers (37.3M+18M subscribers).
2. Revenue generated from data is suddenly beginning to outweigh voice and SMS hence consolidation is expected. Also remember that Etisalat has a competitive advantage in its data services and a possible merger with Globacom, would enable the company to offer cheaper data services.
Glo currently offers the cheapest data plans in the country per GB, so owning Etisalat’s 18m subs instantly increases their avg. revenue per user.
This Might Definitely Happen if This Rumor is Real
>>Smaller players like Ntel, spectranet, Smile will do all they can to kick against the deal because it will give Globacom undue advantage since Globacom has dedicated fibre-optic infrastructure and afford to offer the cheapest data plans to her subscribers
>>The merger could lead to job loss from Etisalat since it is the smaller firm.
Take this info with a pinch of salt until when confirmed!

Photos: Is this What Infinix Has been Cooking? Infinix Note 4 With X-Pen

Is this what Infinix has been cooking for long? And this is just a tip of the iceberg. Where are all the Infinix lovers… found this in one of Infinix group and it looks like Infinix Note 4 is going to be irresistible and something that will cuddle you to let go of your current device.

Atleast so far, I can spot 2 dual selfie camera with flash and dual rear camera at the back but the pixels are unknown at the moment. Edge-less design with Xpen.


It will definitely come with Android O Nougat out of the box and maybe 4GB Ram. But for now, the specs are codedly hidden.
What do you think about this?

Download First Touch Soccer 2018 on Your Android (APK + Data Mod)

Football is not just a game but it unite the soul, spirit and soul together. If there is any game you should have install on your device, it should be a football game that is why I’m recommending FTS 2018. If you’ve tried out FTS 2017 before, you'll know that it hit the nail on the head beginning from its cool graphics and small size.
While we are waiting for PES 2018 to be launch later this year, I think you should keep yourself busy with FTS 2018. 
FTS 2018 has been updated with lots of feautes ranging from New stadium and better graphics, playsers, updated uniform and lots more;
Requirements
>>Android smartphone with atleast 1GB Ram
>>Atleast 400MB internal storage
>>Internet connection to download
>>Android 4.0 and above
The size of the game is just 75 MB for APK , 102 MB for OBB and 86.22 MB for Data
Where Can I Download it?
Download FTS 2018 APK here
Download OBB file here
Download FTS data.zip here
How to Install it? 
1. Move the APK mod to your SD card 
2. Copy the OBB folder to your Android/data folder 
3. Locate the APK saved on your SD card and install.
When done, launch and enjoy the first touch Soccer 2018 experience.
How to Change The Language to English
1. Launch the game
2. Tap on the last icon with a tool sign
3. A new window should open, now click on the first option which takes you to Settings
4. Now Click on the last option (which is advanced Settings)
5. Finally, swipe left or right until you get English.
Now you can enjoy the game with popcorn and candy drink beside you to keep the whistle busy in your mouth while you enjoy the game.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Locked vs. Unlocked Cell Phones

Are you wondering what the differences are between a locked and an unlocked cell phone? Are you looking for some ways that you might be able to tell the two types of phones apart? Look no further this guide explains the primary differences between a locked and unlocked cell phone as well as some methods that you can use to tell the two apart.
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Main difference between an unlocked and locked cell phone

Unlocked cell phones

Unlocked cell phones are not carrier specific meaning that they can potentially connect to and use the cellular service provided by many different wireless carriers with some limitations.

Locked cell phones

Locked cell phones on the other hand are usually sold by a wireless carrier to be used solely on their network.

Choosing a locked or unlocked cell phone

Since unlocked cell phones can be used on a variety of carriers it may seem like the obvious and simple choice between the two types of smartphones but you might be surprised to find that most smartphones are in fact locked and limited to a specific wireless carrier. Here are some reasons why.

Price

Locked cell phones are often purchased through a wireless carrier at discounted prices. The carrier then makes up the difference by charging you over time for the service that they provide. This is one of the reasons why locked cell phones are more affordable and why contracts exist. It’s also one of the reasons why you have to often pay an early termination fee when trying to break that contract.
Unlocked phones on the other hand are generally much more expensive then locked phones, at least upfront anyways. Even two or three times as expensive! Why? Because when purchasing an unlocked mobile phone there is no wireless carrier subsidizing any of the manufactures expenses and you are paying the entire cost of the phone on your own. Remember to do the math though… you might be able to save money in the long run if you can afford the initial upfront cost of an unlocked cell phone.  
So in a nutshell an unlocked phone, while more expensive up front, allows you the freedom to switch carriers instead of having to sign a contract and getting tied to a single carrier, usually for two years.
If however, you like your current service provider and don’t see a reason to switch to a different wireless carrier for another couple of years (which is very common) then choosing the locked phone at a discounted price might prove to be the most beneficial.

Technology

All cell phones are limited to the wireless technology that they can connect to and operate on. At the moment there are two main types of mobile technology often available to choose from; CDMA technology and GSM technology. A phone that utilizes GSM technology cannot connect to wireless networks that use CDMA technology and vise versa.

Types of technology used by unlocked cell phones

You have to be careful when buying or choosing an unlocked cell phone as it may work for some wireless carriers and not others. It depends on which technology type the phone operates on. So for example AT&T uses GSM technology for its network as does T-Mobile; Verizon and Sprint on the other hand utilize CDMA technology. So if you bought an unlocked GSM cell phone then you would not be able to use that phone on Verizon’s network. The phone would not know how to connect to or communicate with Verizon’s towers (or any wireless carrier that uses the CDMA technology) and it simply would not work because both operate on different types of technology.

Types of technology used by locked cell phones

The type of technology that a locked cell phone can utilize is usually pretty straightforward. A locked cell phone can use either the GSM or CDMA technology types, and the good thing about locked cell phones is that they are simple to understand service wise. If you buy a cell phone from AT&T then it’s almost certainly going to be locked, and excluding any technical difficulties it should connect and function on AT&T’s wireless network with no problems. You don’t have to worry if your phone will work with AT&T or not. It was sold to an AT&T customer to connect to AT&T’s towers and work on AT&T’s wireless network.

Dual technology phones

Some unlocked cell phones are able to utilize both GSM and CDMA technology. Some are sold as dual SIM devices allowing the phone to utilize two different SIM cards from two different carriers. Many dual SIM cell phones are even designed to take a SIM card for networks that use the GSM cellular technology while at the same time are able to utilize a SIM card that use the CDMA cellular technology. This allows the user to use a single device on just about any wireless carrier; providing the person has a SIM card intended for that carrier.

Unlocking a locked cell phone

Here is where things start to get a little fun and complicated. There has been some legal discussion as to whether a person can unlock their own cell phone or not. This pertains to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and after everything is all said and done the law does not prohibit you from getting your phone unlocked. It’s being able to get your cell phone unlocked without your wireless carrier’s permission that’s the legal concern.
I’m not going to get into the subject of legality and ethics as they pertain to unlocking a locked cell phone because this topic alone can be a whole article unto itself but typically if you call your cell phone provider they can often give you an unlock code and walk you through the process of unlocking your phone.
This is actually a pretty legitimate process and happens often when wireless customers plan on leaving the country. This way their phone can be unlocked and they can utilize their cell phone while abroad where their current service provider may not be present. Then when the person returns home they can re-connect to and use their carrier’s wireless network again.

How to tell if a cell phone is locked or unlocked

If you have two cell phones in front of you and one of the phones is unlocked while the other is locked how can you tell the two apart from one another? Here are some things that you can look for when trying to tell if a cell phone is locked or unlocked.

Check for a branding

Many cell phones sold by wireless carriers contain the name of the phones manufacture as well as that carrier’s logo or brand name. While this might not be the case for every locked cell phone it’s a good bet that if a cell phone is branded with a cellular companies name such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc. then that cell phone is a locked cell phone.
If you do not see a logo printed on or visible on the exterior of the phone then try turning the phone on as well. During its startup process if it shows a wireless companies logo, it’s also a good bet that the phone was sold by that wireless company as a locked phone.

Check to see if it’s Duel SIM

If the cell phone you are looking at has two separate SIM card ports then it could have been designed to utilize more than one technology type but also shows that the phone can connect to and use the wireless service provided by multiple carriers. This should be a big indictor that it was sold as an unlocked cell phone.

Check the Model Number

If you are still unsure then look for the model number of the phone and do a search online for it. The model number can usually be found on the back of the phone. You will likely need to remove the back plate to see it and on many phones you will need to remove the battery from the device as well, assuming that your cell phone has a removable battery. Once you have the model number you can do an online search for it which should reveal rather quickly if the phone was sold as a locked or unlocked phone and or what type of technology the phone operates on.

Try a different SIM

If the phone was purchases as a locked phone but you are unsure if that particular cell phone has been unlocked then you can run its model number online to find out what kind of cellular technology the phone uses and then attempt to use a SIM card from a carrier that uses that same technology. If the phone connects to that network and works properly then that phone is unlocked and you can enjoy using the phone on with that service provider. If the phone uses that cellular technology but doesn’t work then the phone is probably still locked and you could contact its original wireless carrier for unlock instructions. If that’s not an option then you should be able to search online for the unlock code and unlock instructions for that specific cell phone.

Pros and Cons of Locked and Unlocked phones

Unlocked cell phones

Pros:

  • Carrier Choice – can choose any carrier that uses the same cellular technology.
  • No Contract – can move to different carriers anytime you choose.
  • Minimal Bloatware – when purchasing an unlocked cell phone the phone shouldn’t come with any extra and debatably unwanted or unnecessary programs. Simply the ones installed by the cell phones manufacture.
  • Price (Long Run) – an unlocked cell phone may be less expensive in the long run. Don’t forget to crunch those numbers to find out if you can save money by using one carrier over another and comparing the price difference you might be paying when you’re not locked into a contract. If you can afford the initial purchase then an unlocked cell phone can actually be cheaper in the long run.
  • Resale Value – while unlocked phones may be more expensive when first purchased unlocked phones can be sold at a higher price then locked phones and to a broader range of people. Unlocked phones can be very attractive for buyers because there is a good chance that the buyer could use the phone with their existing network. There is also a bigger market from people located in different parts of the world where a locked phones service provider might not be available.
  • Traveling Abroad– Unlocked cell phones are a must if you want to continue using your cell phone when traveling abroad. Simply swap out the SIM for a SIM intended for that particular location you are visiting to have service in that area.

Cons:

  • Upfront Price – unlocked cell phones are noticeably more expensive, up front. An unlocked cell phone may however be less expensive in the long run. Don’t forget to crunch those numbers to find out. If you can afford the initial purchase then an unlocked cell phone can actually be cheaper in the long run.

Locked cell phones

Pros:

  • Upfront Price – can get a cell phone at a lower price right away. If you are planning to use a certain carrier regardless then why not get a discounted phone in the process?
  • Additional Warranty Options may be Available – this will depend on a few factors but some wireless carriers maintain their own warranty programs. AT&T is one such wireless carrier. If you bought a phone directly from AT&T and it started to malfunction then instead of sending the phone to the manufacture and then having to wait for the phone to be repaired you might be able to file a warranty claim through your carrier instead and have a phone shipped out to you. When the replacement phone arrives you send back your malfunctioning unit and then enjoy the replacement. If you were using an unlocked cell phone on AT&Ts network then AT&T would likely refer you to the cell phones manufacture for possible repair options. Warranties differ from carrier to carrier but this can be easily overlooked and is something that you may want to consider when weighing your options.
  • More Commonly Available – when shopping for a cell phone most of the phones that you handle in the store are going to be intended for a specific wireless network and are going to be locked.

Cons:

  • No Carrier Choice – you get to choose your wireless carrier when you initially buy your phone. After that you are going to have to stick with that specific carrier.
  • Contracts – you will likely need to sign a contract to get a great deal on your locked cell phone. Most contacts last for one or two years.
  • Bloatware – most cell phones sold by cellular companies contain extra software pertaining to that company. These apps and programs are built into the phones software and cannot usually be uninstalled directly.

Additional information about locked and unlocked cell phones

CDMA vs. GSM

Unlocking and reprogramming a cell phone that uses the CDMA technology may not be as easy as unlocking and reusing a phone that utilizes the GSM cellular technology. CDMA phones don’t typically use SIM cards and may not allow an unlocking code from the manufacturer. Many CDMA phones have to be flashed in person to allow the phone to connect to a different wireless network as opposed to simply inserting a SIM card from a different wireless carrier like you can usually do with a GSM phone.
While on the topic of cellular technology, here in the United States CDMA and GSM are still both fairly common but for the majority of the rest of the world GSM is the dominant cellular technology and it would seem that mobile technology as a whole is heading in that direction.

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How to fix the Bluetooth on your Android

Having trouble establishing a Bluetooth connection on your Android cell phone? Was the Bluetooth on your phone working fine and now it won’t even show an available connection? Is your Bluetooth having pairing issues? Will your Bluetooth not even switch on? Here are some suggestions and tricks that you can use to get your Bluetooth back up and running properly again.

Finding the proper solution

There are actually many things that can cause Bluetooth issues to occur on an Android smartphone and the fix that works for your phone is going to depend on what is actually causing your Bluetooth not to function properly.
This guide will start with the basics and provide troubleshooting that can be done to resolve the most common Bluetooth issues and will progress to more in-depth troubleshooting. So let’s start from the basics and go from there.

Power cycle

If your cell phone started to suddenly have Bluetooth issues unexpectedly and out of the blue then try simply powering your Android cell phone off, wait a minute (30-60 seconds), and then power the phone back on. Then try to establish a connection again and see if this simple trick helped to fix it. If not then proceed to the next suggestion.

Battery pull

Much like powering your cell phone off and then back on, another form of soft reset for an Android device is to remove the battery while the device is powered on. Wait about 30 seconds, plug the battery back in, power the phone on and see if the Bluetooth will connect.
Remember that not all cell phones are designed to have a removable battery. If your cell phone does not allow you to remove its battery then you can skip this portion of troubleshooting.

Clear the Cache

Clear the cache of the Bluetooth applicationIf your Bluetooth was connected and working properly and you tried to adjust a setting on the phone only to find that your Bluetooth stopped connecting or pairing correctly then this (or the next suggestion) should be exactly what you are looking for.

There might be a setting in your phone which is now preventing your Android’s Bluetooth from connecting to or even recognizing an available Bluetooth to sync to. So start by clearing the cache in your Bluetooth settings. 
The method that you use to access the Bluetooth settings and clear its cache is going to depend on what make and model of cell phone you are currently using as well as what version of Android is currently installed on the device.
What you are going to need to locate is your phones “Application manager” or an option to “Manage applications”. This feature will let you view all of the applications installed on your phone and you will be able to locate your Bluetooth feature and its settings.
A common way to access this setting and clear the cache on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is to open the phones Settings, tap the More tab > tap Application manager > view ALL > Bluetooth share > tap Clear cache.
Note: “Bluetooth share” is a common name for the Bluetooth feature on an Android cell phone but if you cannot locate a “Bluetooth share” option then it might be labeled differently. Typically it will still have the word “Bluetooth” in its label.
Once you clear the cache, power cycle or restart your cell phone, try your Bluetooth and see if it’s working properly. If not then along with the cache try clearing your Bluetooth Data as well.

Clear the data

Clear the data of the Bluetooth applicationBefore clearing the Bluetooth data make sure to record any important Bluetooth connections that you do not think you will be able to remember or setup again. This step in troubleshooting will tell your phone to make your Bluetooth feature start fresh and clean again and as such it will erase any current connections saved in your Bluetooth’s connection log/memory. This shouldn’t be a big issue as you will be able to simply re-connect to those Bluetooth connections when you need to use them again but I thought I would mention it for good measure.
To clear the Bluetooth app data it’s pretty much the same steps used when clearing its cache only instead of “Clear cache” you’re going to select the “Clear data” option. So open the phones Settings, tap the More tab > tap Application manager > view ALL > Bluetooth share > Clear data.
Once the Data is also cleared then restart the phone and enjoy your working Bluetooth. Don’t forget to let me know if this helped fix your cell phone by pressing the Facebook Like or Google + button(s) at the bottom of this article.
If for some reason your Bluetooth is still having trouble then keep reading for some additional suggestions.

Safe Mode

Use Safe mode to help locate bad applicationsThis issue with your Bluetooth might be the result of an application on your cell phone not playing nice with another application or conflicting with its software. To help rule out this scenario then you can try using your phone in Safe Mode.
Safe Mode allows the phone to run without any third party applications and can help you to locate apps that are causing mischief. If the phone runs properly while in Safe mode then it means that an app is in fact causing problems and you can start going through your recently installed or recently updated apps to locate the troublemaker. Just uninstall the app(s) that you believe might be the cause, reboot, test and if necessary repeat. Once you have found the app that’s causing problems you can re-install it, see if that helps, or simply keep it uninstalled and off of your phone.

Check the other device

Usually pairing the Bluetooth on your cell phone with another device is pretty straightforward and very user friendly. If you are still having difficulties pairing to another device then try and make sure to check that device to make sure that it is functioning properly. It may not be an issue with your phone but an issue with that other device.
So make sure that the other unit is setup correctly and that you are trying to pair your phone to that device properly. If by the off chance another phone can pair to that other device but your phone is still having issues then there can still be a problem with the software on your device (which the next section of this article should help solve) or a hardware issue where an actual piece of the phone is defective or malfunctioning in which case you will have to look into your repair or replacement options (which we’ll cover later in the article as well).

Hard reset

Performing a factory data reset is usually a last resort when troubleshooting as it erases all user data from the cell phone in question. It is however a very powerful troubleshooting tool as it removes everything from the phone which includes any viruses, software bugs or glitches, troublesome programs, bad apps, and also puts all of the phones settings back to factory default. So if there is something on the phone that’s causing problems and you can’t find what it is chances are a factory data reset can help you get rid of it.
If you are interested in learning more about factory resets then you can read more at Hard Resetting FAQs and if you have reached this point then you are going to want to make sure that you won’t lose anything important after performing a hard reset and you might find How to backup and reset and Android smartphone very helpful.

Warranty and repair options


If you have performed all of the suggestions listed above and your Bluetooth still will not turn on or function properly then you have pretty much exhausted all available troubleshooting that you can do yourself and I recommend that you start looking into your repair or replacement options.
A list of such options often available can be found HERE.

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How to Backup and Reset an Android Phone

Having problems with your Android smartphone? A factory data reset can fix most issues that can occur on an Android phone.

 This process will clear the entire phone and revert it back to how it was when it came off the assembly line. Any incorrect settings, glitches, bugs, viruses, or software problems on the device will be wiped clean. The phone is going to think its brand new right out of the box.

Since the factory data reset erases the content and information on the device this article also covers how to backup your important data such as pictures, contacts, text messages, etc. that way when you reset the phone you won’t lose any of your important information.
If you’re looking for instructions on how to fully backup and reset your Android smartphone then this step by step guide is exactly what you’re looking for.

Step 1: Software vs Hardware

The instructions found on this page will only fix software related issues (how the phone thinks, its brains), NOT hardware (its body and parts). If your phone is suffering from a hardware or physical issue then read Tips on how to fix a broken phone. If your phones not responsive or you are unable to navigate at all then click here for specialized instructions. Otherwise proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Saving your Information

The first thing that you are going to want to do before resetting your Android phone is to make sure that the important information that’s currently saved on the phone is backed up to a place other than the phone. That way, once you reset the unit, you can put your information back onto your phone and you won’t lose anything. If you have already saved everything on your mobile or don’t need anything to be saved then proceed to step 7.
If you have a Memory Card go to step 3, if you don’t have a memory card go to step 4.
If you’re not sure if you have a memory card, here is how you can check.
  1. Go to your home page, the main screen when you turn on your phone (tap the home key, it’s one of the 4 physical buttons on the bottom underneath the phones display, usually looks like a house)
  2. Tap on your menu key, (it’s one of the four buttons too, usually on the far left.)
  3. Tap settings, (once you tap on the menu key, the phone should show a few options on its screen, one of those options is settings, select settings.)
  4. Scroll to and select Storage, (It should give you a list of options to choose from. Scroll down and select the option that has the word storage in it. This option will be different depending on what type of phone you have; it will say either “Storage” or “SD and Phone Storage”, etc. click on that storage option.
  5. Look for an option that says “Mount SD card” or “Unmount SD card”, if the phone is reading a memory card then it will say “Unmount SD card”, the phones basically saying I see a memory card in me, do you want me to unmount it so you can take it out without having to power me off first? If it says “mount”, then the phone is not reading a memory card and it will probably be grayed out not even letting you click it.
  6. Don’t click it! If you clicked it, don’t worry it won’t hurt it, just click it again. It needs to read unmount if you want to save stuff to your memory card.
Mount SD = No Memory card
Unmount SD = You have a Memory Card
If that’s too complicated, didn’t make sense, or the issue on your phone won’t let you do that than just look for a physical chip that plugs into your phone, different phones have them in different places, sometimes you have to pull the battery out of the phone to get to it, sometimes it plugs into the side or the bottom, it just depends on the phone. Remember it’s NOT your SIM card that you’re looking for.  SD or Memory cards usually say SanDisk on them and often a size like 2GB (two gigabytes) 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 16GB etc. Some phones come with them some don’t. If you got one proceed to step 3, if not step 4.

Step 3: Saving Information to SD Card

Good you have a memory card! Great investment, you never know if and when your phone is going to stop powering on or give you a white screen of death and you won’t be able to save or transfer your info then.
Saving your information to your memory card is going to be different depending on who made your phone. Select the manufacturer below, it will take you to those instructions. Once you backup your photos, videos, music, etc. come back to this page and proceed to step 5. If you want to back up your information to other places other than your SD card you can go to step 4.

Step 4: Other Ways to Save Information

No Memory card? Bummer, you should get one after we fix your phone, they make your life so much easier and help your phone run smoother too. Do some shopping online for some good deals on memory cards, or read this page on what memory card is right for you. It’s never a bad investment and if you get another phone it will make transferring your information to that other phone a lot easier on you. But I digress; here are a few ways that you can backup your info.

Method 1 - Computer Backup

Your best bet is to backup your information to a computer. I’m going to briefly outline how to do that below.
Connect your phone to the computer – your charging cable that came with the mobile and your data cable are one in the same. Simply, gently, pull on the cable part and the part that actually plugs into the wall outlet.  It should separate into 2 different pieces. If your cable was damaged or no longer available you’re going to need to get another one, click here to get the best deal on one. I recommend you have one, one way or the other, so that you can get into the good habit of backing up your phone on a regular basis.
Once you plug the phone into the computer, the computer should recognize the phone and a pop-up will show on your computer screen giving you some options. You want to select the last option. You want to select the option that says something like “open folders to view files”. If nothing pops up on your computer then look at your phone. If you have an option that says “mass storage” you want to click that, it might also have“transfer information”, “connect to computer”, etc. mass storage is most common, once you click on that then wait a min and the “open folder to view files” option should pop up.
Once you click on the “open folder to view files” on the computer, it’s going to show you a few manila envelope looking folders. Look for the one that says “DCIM”. That DCIM folder is where all the pictures and videos that were taken and are saved onto your phone are located. If you want, you can click on that DCIM then click on Camera and you should see all your pictures.
What you need to do is right click that DCIM folder (right click on your mouse not left click) then select “copy” (left click the mouse on copy). After you click copy, you need to minimize (not close) that window on the computer (look in the upper right hand corner, click on the box that looks like a minus sign “_” not the close “X”.
Once that screen is minimized, right click on an empty spot on your desktop (the screen you see when you first turn on your computer), then tap on “Paste”. That will paste a copy of all your pictures/videos from your phone onto your computer. You should see a new file/folder on your desktop that says DCIM, go ahead and open it, make sure all your pictures are there.
It’s as easy as that. You’re going to want to open that window that has all your phones folders back up and repeat the process for any other information you’re going to want to save from your phone. That might include a music folder, maybe an app folder, etc the main thing is your pictures. Don’t worry about saving your names and phone numbers. We’ll get to saving your contacts in a minute. Just save any other files from your phone onto your computer.
Once everything is saved onto your computer you can close that window that shows your phones files, and go into my computer, right click on the drive that’s showing your phone, and selecting unmount/safely remove/eject etc. if you don’t see that, or that steps to complicated just unplug your phone from the computer. Once it’s unplugged go into your computer and make sure you can open those files/folders you saved onto your computer, just to double check. Then if everything is saved proceed to step 5 below.

Method 2 - Google Drive

It’s ok if you don’t have a computer or memory card, there are a few other options, just a little more involved. What I would recommend is to (if your phone will allow you) go to the app marketplace and download the app named Google Drive, it’s made by Google Inc. Just go to the marketplace and do a search for Google Drive, it will be the first option that pops up. It’s actually an app written by Google designed to backup info and from what I have seen, it’s pretty slick. What it does is actually allows you to backup up to 5GB worth of information onto Google’s online server. Don’t worry no one else can see your stuff. Best part is that you get 5GB FREE! I don’t know about you but free is always in my price range. 5GB should be more than enough space for the average user.
Once downloaded and installed then go into your pictures, tap the menu key, tap share, then share to Drive. This will upload your pictures online where they will be nice and safe.
Note: this WILL use up data from your data plan if you’re not connected to WiFi (wireless internet). I always recommend that if you can use a wireless internet then use it! It’s usually cheaper and faster.

Method 4 - Text or Email

A little more tedious but doable – is to send your info via text or email. Just open a message, attach file, select a file like a picture, type in person’s cell phone number or better yet email address, and send the file that way. Again, Tedious but doable. I would also check where ever you are sending your information just to make sure that it sent and was received correctly.
Note: when sending pictures through text messaging there is often a loss of quality. It’s not an incredible difference in resolution but just FYI.

Method 5 - Bluetooth Transfer

Bluetooth the information to another device – most of the time when we think of Bluetooth we think of our phone connecting to a headset or the Bluetooth in our car but Bluetooth can be used to transfer your information as well. The simplest way to Bluetooth info is to download an app to help you. Go to the marketplace aka Play Store and search for “Bluetooth File Transfer”. It pretty much streamlines the entire process. Great app and again free.

Step 5: Saving Contacts

I have talked about pictures and videos and thrown around the word information but one of the most important things that are found on a mobile phone is its contacts! Well, when it comes to your address book the android phones got you covered. Your android phone automatically backs up your contacts for you. All you will need to do to get your contacts back after a reset, or if you get another phone, as long as it’s an android phone, is log into your Gmail account again. Gmail not only backs up your contacts and calendar but it’s also your online signature. When you buy an app the marketplace remembers your Gmail account and if you need to download it again then guess what… you won’t have to pay for it again. Another great idea by the all powerful GOOGLE!
Important Note: While a primary Google account can and should provide you with a backup of your phones Contacts (aka it’s Phone Book, Address Book, Telephone numbers, etc.) I highly suggest that you have at least one other backup available should your Google account not re-sync your Contacts as it should. This is uncommon of course but better safe than sorry when it comes to something as important as your Contacts.

Check your Google Account

Checking your Gmail account (the basics) - first let’s make sure you know your Gmail account. Many people set and forget, don’t fret if you don’t know it. To check your Gmail account, go into your settings and open the option that says accounts (it might say “accounts and sync”), under accounts it will show all the accounts that you have associated with your mobile device (like email accounts Facebook accounts etc). Look for the option that has an account that ends in @gmail.com for example it might look something like thisismygmailaccount@gmail.com. That is going to be your Gmail account (unless you have two Gmails, if you have two Gmail accounts then the Gmail that’s synced to your phone is the 1st one you added to the phone).
Note: you can check if it’s your Gmail account by actually clicking on the account and at the bottom it will have a remove account option. If you click it, your phone WILL NOT let you remove your Gmail account, a primary Gmail account is that important. In fact, the only way to remove a primary Gmail, once it’s on your phone, is to erase everything from the phone, which coincidently is what we want to do. --UPDATE: newer Android phones that run on Android Version 4.0 or later may allow you to remove your primary Gmail account without having to factory data reset your device --.
Make sure you know that Gmail account, write it down if you need to, we are going to need it later. After you have it written down then click on your Gmail account (click on that email on your accounts page that you’re still on). Once you open it up it will have a few items that the phone is syncing. This list gets bigger and bigger, but the list should have sync contacts, sync Google, sync calendar, etc. on many phones (HTC can be so user friendly) there is a sync now option. Click on that, once you click “sync now” it’s going to put some spinning circles next to those options letting you know that its syncing. Once those spinning circles disappear it should show the days date next to the options in that list. If the spinning circle stops spinning, especially on the calendar option, just give it a minute or sync it again. Sometimes the calendar ones stubborn, unless you have really important information on your calendar and the date next to it is way off then don’t worry if that circle won’t disappear. It happens and is not a big deal in the slightest.
After your phone is synced to Gmail make sure to actually check and verify that your contacts are saved to your Gmail account properly.
Note: If you don’t have a “sync now” option then just click on the list item itself. So for example click “sync contacts” if it deselects then reselect it and it will manually sync. As long as the date next to sync contacts is showing the days date then you’re address book is synced to your Gmail and you’re good to go.
Note: you can check to make sure you know your Gmail accounts password by getting on a computer, going to mail.google.com and signing in. If you can sign in on a computer you can sign in on your phone. You can also reset your password on that website if you need to.
Important Update (June 2014): If you want to know unequivocally that your contacts are synced to your Gmail account and want to try and avoid any re-syncing issues that can occur then you should go to www.google.com/contacts and log into your Google account. It will list all of the contacts that are synced to your Gmail and this list of contacts is what will re-sync to your cell phone once you log back into your Google account after the factory reset. If you visit that webpage and it does not show any of your names or phone numbers from your cell phones address book or the list of telephone numbers that are shown on that webpage is incomplete and doesn’t match the contacts currently saved to your Android cell phone (minus the contacts which your Android may have synced from social media sites such as Facebook) then your contacts are not synced to your Google account properly for whatever reason and you should try to back them up using one of the other contact backup methods listed below.

Saving your contacts on something other than your Gmail

If you have confirmed that your contacts are synced to your Gmail then you shouldn’t NEED to do the following and can proceed to step 6. However it would be a good idea to back your contacts up to a place other than your Gmail. Having a hard copy rather than it stored only in cyberspace can be a real lifesaver, especially if you’re not sure what your Gmail account password is. Better to be safe than sorry, and having multiple copies is a GOOD IDEA.

Saving contacts to your SIM card

Some phones do not have SIM Cards; it depends on what wireless carrier you use. Wireless providers that use phones that run on GSM technology require SIM Cards to function. AT&T and T-Mobile both use SIM Cards in their wireless devices. Verizon and Sprint phones don’t have SIM Cards. If you use a phone that has a SIM Card then backing up your contacts to that SIM can be one of the best choices available.
A SIM card, its official name being subscriber identity module if you ever have to answer a trivia question, will allow you to save 250-300 contacts onto it, usually 250. Sims will usually only hold names and phone numbers, sorry it won’t hold your pictures, and it will not hold fax number street addresses etc. so when you’re saving contacts to your SIM if you get an “Some information might be lost” message, that’s what its letting you know, only names and phone numbers.
The backup process varies depending on the device your using. On some phones you have to back up your contacts one at a time and it’s just torture, I’m having flashes of the ATT HTC Inspire, where to save on the SIM you have to do it one contact at a time, and a business phone can have a thousand contacts and its painful, luckily that phone comes with a memory card and you can import/export the contacts to the SD card from the phone in a matter of seconds. It just saves it as a v-card file. But I digress again.
Typically to back up your contacts from your phone to your SIM card you go into your contacts/people, tap your menu key, tap More, select SIM Management, tap Copy Contacts to SIM, select all, copy/export, tap ok, and your done. If you don’t see a SIM management option then look for an Import/Export option and Export/Copy to SIM.
Now you have a hard copy of your contacts as well as your Gmail. If you don’t have a memory card proceed to step 6, if you do, you’re in luck you can save way more than 250 contacts to your SD card.

Saving contacts to your SD card

This varies depending on the phone as well, so I will list a few of the common methods.

Method 1 (usual HTC method)

Go to your people, press your menu key, select import/export, select export to SD card, it will ask you where you want export from, select Phone, press ok. And you’re done.

Method 2 (usual Samsung method)

Go into your contacts, tap your menu key, tap Import/export, and export to SD card, if it asks you “are you sure you want to copy your contacts to your memory card” you press ok. And then you’re done.

Method 3

The Method 1 and 2 pretty much sum up most phones. You might have to poke around a bit on your phone but you just want to export your contacts to your memory card (also shown as SD Card on most phones).
Note: If you need to pull contacts onto your phone from a memory card then go to import/export again and select Import this time. Then Import the contacts to the phone (not Gmail). It’s as easy as pie.
Note: saving contacts to a memory card is a lot faster than saving them onto a SIM card; it’s probably going to finish very fast and might not show you a “processing” message. Once you go through method 1 or 2 it should take you back to your contact list and be done. You can back them up twice to make sure that it really saved if you worry as I sometimes do. It won’t hurt it or anything and you won’t get duplicate contacts if you need to import them back onto your phone. If/when you import them just don’t chose “import all files” you need to select the file with the most resent date on it.

Step 6: Check your Apps and Texts

Go through your phone and check you’re saved text messages, and check you’re apps. Your applications are going to need to be re-downloaded onto your phone after the reset (most of the time, the newest phones running the 4.x.x Ice Cream Sandwich or higher often sync your apps too, but that’s something you don’t need to worry about). Some people have a lot of apps on their phone and when they do a reset and go to re-download their apps they say to themselves “what apps did I have again?” Just write down the apps you don’t think you will be able to remember so that you can find and re-download them again if you need to.
As for your texts messages, make sure to record those as well. There’s not really any default way to save texts, even if you have a memory card. HOWEVER someone did recognize the need to save texts messages and there is a trick to it. If you absolutely need to save your text messages then you can look into the options mentioned in How to backup and save text messages on an Android phone.
Note: If your phone is capable of taking screenshots (most current Android phones running on Android 4.0 or higher allow you to take screenshots) then instead of writing this information down you can simply take a screenshot of it, move the screenshot(s) from the phones storage to an SD card or computer, and you will have a copy of your message. ~**Suggestion submitted by RuairĂ­ O'Neill on 12/03/2013 click here to read his comment**~
You can also use this screenshot trick to help you remember how you customized your phone after you bought it. If you added or moved icons to or from the phones desktop then when you reset the phone these icons may not appear in the same places that you put them, as they return to their default locations. By taking screenshots of the changes that you made to your desktop, apps, messages, or other parts of your phone you can save yourself the headache of trying to remember where you had everything before you performed the reset. This is just a cool little tip that you should consider when performing a hard reset on an Android phone.
When you have your texts and apps recorded proceed to step 7.

Step 7: Proceed with Reset

Your phone is completely backed up and we are ready to proceed with the reset. What we need to do is find the option to do a Factory Data Reset. This too depends on the make, model and software currently on your phone. Here are two of the most common methods on how to perform a factory data reset through the settings of an android phone. IMORTANT NOTE: if there is an option to erase your memory card, make sure that that option is NOT selected, you do NOT want to erase/format your memory card.

Method 1

Home key > Menu key > Settings > Privacy > Factory Data Reset, when on the reset page you’re going to get a big warning that you’re about to erase the information on your phone and that you should know your Gmail account and backup your phone (pretty much what we went over and have already done in these instructions). Click on Reset phone, and then click Erase Everything. The phone will power itself off all by its self and then power itself back on all by itself. It can take a few minutes to boot back up. Once it does proceed to step 8.

Method 2

Home key > Menu key > Settings > SD and Phone Storage > Factory Data Reset >you’ll see the same warning showed in method 1 > Reset Phone > Erase Everything. After it reboots go to step 8.

Method 3

If you’re on the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System or later then try this method.
Drag down the Notification Bar (the black bar on the top of the screen where the signal strength bars, battery life, and clock is located), and then tap the settings icon (the icon that looks like a little white gear). Or to get to the settings you can go to the home page, press the Menu key, and then tap Settings.
Once in the Settings scroll down and tap the “Back up and reset” option.
Tap Factory data reset > Reset device > Delete all. After it reboots go to step 8.

Step 8: Setup the Phone

Congratulations, you made it through my lengthy instruction manual on how to backup, reset, and hopefully more importantly, fix your android phone. Now what you need to do is setup your android phone like you did when you first purchased it. Go through those settings and when it asks or prompts you to log into your Gmail account make sure you, add a Gmail account, and then Sign in, NOT sign up. You want to sign into an existing account (the one we checked earlier in step 5) you don’t want to create a new account.
Log into your Gmail account, if it doesn’t ask you to log into one during the phone setup then go to Settings > Accounts (or Accounts and Sync) > Add Account > Sign In. If you’re Mobile asks if you want to sync your phone to your Gmail then select yes, you’re going to want to sync your phone with your Gmail account.

Step 9: Enjoy your Working Phone

Your phone should now be working correctly, so enjoy.

Thank you for reading

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Step 10: Additional Suggestions/Advice

I recommend that you try your phone without any apps on it, and as a clean installation for a couple days, just to make sure everything is working correctly. After a couple days, if your phones still working fine, then start re-downloading your applications, one at a time. Download an app try it out for a day or two, download another app try it out. If you download an app and your phone starts acting funny, then it’s probably that app and you should uninstall it and not use it any more.

Step 11: Still Having Problems

If for some reason this troubleshooting didn’t fix your issues, I can’t fix my phone, now what should I do? might be of some use.

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