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How to transfer WhatsApp chats off deactivated phone?

Yesterday my wife got a new phone and kept her number, so her old phone is deactivated. We didn't back up her WhatsApp chats, so we can't restore her old messages from backup. Is there a way to transfer them? [more inside]
posted by OurOwnMrK on Sep 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Learning to Code apps

I'm interested in learning to code using lessons that are simple, basic, easy, insert descriptor that illustrates how I know absolute zero about this subject and consider me a typing monkey. I was thinking maybe through an app I can put on my phone and muck with on breaks and such. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit on Sep 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Improvements or alternatives for YouTube Kids on Android & iOS

How can I address the following problems with the YouTube Kids app: (1) no whitelisting, (2) no downloads and (3) stability problems? The solution can be another app that offers similar control over viewing, or any other tips or configuration options, but the end result must be suitable to put in the hands of a young toddler. Thank you!
posted by howfar on Sep 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Mobile Development

What's the best platform for developing cross-platform (ie mac, windows, android, desktop, tablet & mobile) games these days? How about apps? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Sep 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Automate sending an IRC message on Android

I want to put a button on my (Android) phone that, when pressed, logs into an IRC channel and sends a pre-defined /msg to a user there. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Sep 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Motion-Detection Video Recording App for iPhone or Android

Is there an iPhone or Android video recording app that only records when motion is detected? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Sep 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Handling bad certificates when connecting to public wifi

I use HTTPS Everywhere with Firefox on my Android to use HTTPS connections by default. Consequently, whenever I try to connect to public wifi that redirects you to an agreement page my phone flips out and refuses to connect because the certificate is invalid. This can be circumvented with complicated wrangling. (Visiting some non-HTTPS site before the phone gets mad about my not agreeing in time and disconnects, visiting any site in the default Samsung browser.) I would like to reduce my amount of wrangling to zero. Is there a good way to do this?
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Good, relatively inexpensive Bluetooth keyboard for Android phone?

I have an Android phone. I would like to be able to type on a normal keyboard with it. I would like this keyboard not to break instantly. I would like to not spend more than say $30-$50 but if that's not reasonable, fine. Your suggestions?
posted by tivalasvegas on Aug 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Switching from Android to iPhone

My 3+ year-old HTC One has developed a bug where the camera turns everything purple, battery life is so bad I have to plug it in before lunch, and it's developing some weird keyboard entry errors. Thinking of switching to the iPhone 6SE, but have questions! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Aug 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Can you recommend some complex, story-driven Android games?

My husband is on a perpetual hunt for Android games that are complex or challenging enough to keep his interest for more than a day or two. He enjoys RPG and puzzle games, mostly, with the occasional building or strategy game thrown in. By this point we've tried most games on various best-of lists, and he was hoping there might be some hidden gems he's not aware of. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Aug 25, 2016 - 22 answers

Is there an Android app for this?

I want to do something like "Airplane mode" only for biking. I want to be able to toggle a group of settings every time I go for a bike ride, without having to check each one individually. The goal would be to press one button at the start of the ride and then undo it all at the end. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Aug 21, 2016 - 7 answers

Google maps always gives suggestions from the wrong country

I live in Australia. When I start typing an address or landmark into my android phone on the google maps app, the top suggestions Google gives until my typing is complete are 99% NZ places, mostly from the parts of New Zealand I visit once a year or so. And then I often accidentally click on one instead of the correct address. It's driving me crazy. Has anyone seen this sort of behaviour before? How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Simple Home Automation for 2016

The choices for home automation seem bewildering complex that seem to stretch from expensive home solutions to buying one off smart light bulbs. There has to be a sensible middle ground, right? Since it seems to matter, we are an Android household as well as owners of an Amazon Echo that I'd like to deploy as the front ends to this system. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Aug 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Will this specific phone work well where I want it to?

Planning to buy an unlocked Android phone US / Amazon for regular visits to the US, but also need it to work in several other countries if I just buy a sim on arrival. I do not need roaming or to receive calls to a US number in other countries. There are a gazillion different answers on different websites. Anyone have a pretty good idea if I'm OK with this one? [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Aug 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me find the droids I'm looking for.

I am a dedicated iPhone user. But I took advantage of T-mobile's free phone offer for my two children. Now they both have a Samsung On5, and I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Jul 26, 2016 - 3 answers

Using social media without giving up control of my (Android) phone?

I don't like the amount of access to my (Android) phone most social media apps want, so I mostly use sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. through a browser, which greatly reduces their access to my identity and personal data. But the user interface for a mobile website usually sucks compared with a dedicated app. Is there a better way? Are there any good 3rd-party apps for accessing these social media sites that don't demand access to my entire phone?
posted by straight on Jul 25, 2016 - 11 answers

Which unlocked phone to buy in the US for use in Israel?

I'd like to buy a phone for around $250 or less that I can use now as well as with a new SIM card from an Israeli carrier when I move there this fall. Would the Moto G4 Plus allow me to do that? Is that a decent option? An older iPhone? Other? I'm open to anything Android or iOS, as long as I can post to Instagram and play Pokemon Go. :)
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Need a QR Code scanner app that doesn't suck, and can export to CSV

So, I've been tasked with finding an app my co-workers can install on their phones for an upcoming event to scan people's QR codes on their badges. My co-workers are generally not technical people, so it should be very easy to use. Must work on iOS and Android. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 22, 2016 - 4 answers

My number will not work on Sprint/CDMA?

I recently switched from Verizon (CDMA) with a Moto-X to Ting (T-Mobile/GSM) with a Nexus 5. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Jul 9, 2016 - 11 answers

What are "essential" apps for a new smartphone owner?

Okay, so I don't like recurring monthly bills. I've had a TracFone flip phone for a few years but they're discontinuing 2G service. Their upgrade program allowed me to get an Android smartphone for a decent price, so I've done that. I really am not wanting to use the phone for much, but I would like it to at least be a bit more augmented than it currently is. What apps should I consider? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 8, 2016 - 41 answers

Auto-nag time tracker for Android?

Looking for an Android app that will let me track my daily activities. Oops but here comes a special boy: instead of having to remember to start/stop a timer manually, I would like the app to ping me every 15 minutes (or some customizable interval) and ask me what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Jul 7, 2016 - 2 answers

What's a good kid-friendly stop-motion animation app for Android?

My 7-year-old is interested in using her Android tablet to make stop-motion animated videos. There are lots of apps out there that can help do this - which one do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Jun 29, 2016 - 2 answers

Electronic keepsakes are hard to keep

Can you help me back up SMS messages stored in Hangouts on an old Android Nexus 5? Difficulty: I've entirely forgotten the passcode for this phone. [more inside]
posted by faethverity on Jun 21, 2016 - 9 answers

Minecraft on an Android tablet for $200-ish... Can it be done?

My seven year old has saved an amazing $200. He'd like to get his own Android tablet that can handle Minecraft PE. Can this be done? Currently he uses my wife's iPad 2. But the lag is driving him nuts. Would a tablet in his price range be any better?
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Marshmallow Google PLay Services Permissions Question

I didnt think Google Play services should be granted permission to my phone, SMS, biosensors etc on my new Samsung S7. So I switched them off . Now however, when I open a Google app (gmail, camera, Keep, etc) I get a warning pop-up stating that "Google Play Services requires all requested permissions to be enabled. Please click App Setting and review app permissions". I can click cancel and use the app just fine so far, but it is mighty annoying to have to click cancel every time. Assuming i dont want to root my phone, anything i can do about this? Now maybe google play services are totally above the board, but I would rahter not leave it to that as trust seems pretty misplaced these days.
posted by dougiedd on Jun 1, 2016 - 7 answers

A good JIRA Mobile Client?

Are any of the Android mobile clients for JIRA worth a darn? I’d like to both have a bit of a smoother browsing experience on the phone than is provided by the mobile site, and to be able to submit issues without a lot of pain. (If there were a version of OctoDroid for JIRA I’d be delighted.) Gobs & gobs of money might be an object, but small sums are not. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on May 31, 2016 - 0 answers

Making the move to Android from Iphone today

Obviously lots of web resources to help novices make this move... Are there any guides people found really well done to help a real technophobe?
posted by dougiedd on May 25, 2016 - 1 answer

Android phone, take dictation! No, not a vacation!

I write best while I'm walking, and for an upcoming project I'd like to streamline this using some sort of speech-to-text word-processing setup on my Google Nexus phone. Google's native voice recognition in Docs hates my voice and produces only large paragraphs of semipunctuated gibberish. What app(s) + accessories setup will give me accurate, extended voice-to-text transcription with minimal oversight, ideally also with good punctuation functionality? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Unlocked Android for use with French prepaid SIM

How functional are android phones, using wifi for data, and purchasing prepaid cell service for calls in France? Previouly I had the iPod Touch, which worked very well, all the apps were available and worked as expected. A used unlocked Blackberry Bold 9900 I purchased as a replacement turned out to be useless. [more inside]
posted by garboils on May 17, 2016 - 5 answers

a very important question about instagram

Hello. Is there an app for android that will allow me to make layouts with multiple photos (like Layout), but split diagonally rather than vertically/horizontally? This is proving strangely difficult to find. Thanks!
posted by sea change on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Sick of missing appointments due to quite Android Calendar

I missed an appointment today as I didn't hear any of the FIVE alarms I had set in my phone, despite it being on the desk right beside me at the time. It seems Android's version of Google' Calendar's reminder sound is a meek little beep. My version is a klaxon. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Health Trackers for Android

Please recommend some health tracker apps for Android that are not focused on dieting and weight loss! [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on May 12, 2016 - 3 answers

Alternatives After Sunrise Sunsets

So apparently my Android phone calendar of choice, Sunrise, is totally shutting down this summer. As in, going non-functional. Ugh. I need an alternative calendar app, but I would like it to have a specific view type and can't seem to find it elsewhere. Help? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on May 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Where to buy a smart ring in the San Francisco Bay Area?

I'd like to buy a smart (bluetooth, Android) ring for my BF for his birthday, which is only a couple of days away. Google shows a few websites selling these but no actual shops. Anyone know of a physical location where I could buy one of these? Thanks!
posted by Lettuce_Leaves on May 4, 2016 - 1 answer

Files on my phone that my PC can't see

I have a 3rd generation Moto G with Android 6.0. When I connect it to my PC with a USB cable, there are files that exist on the phone - mp3's and photos - that are invisible to my PC. There are other mp3's and photos on the phone that are not invisible. Why can't my PC see these files? Is there a way to make them visible? Is there a faster way to move these invisible songs and photos from my phone to my PC than copying them to Google Drive and then downloading them? [more inside]
posted by Redstart on May 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Current closet organization apps for Android?

This question "Daily look" & closet organizer app for Android? is exactly what I'm wanting to set up, but these apps don't appear to be current. [more inside]
posted by RainyJay on Apr 30, 2016 - 2 answers

Spin workout app

a new study proposes that a 10 minute sprint interval training (SIT) routine provides benefits comparable to a 45 minute moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) routine when performed 3 times a week. I like to try it, but it would be way easier if I could find an app for my phone which would let me enter the time intervals and intensity levels for the routine, as there are 7 intervals in the routine, 3 of them lasting only 20 seconds. Anyone know of an android app which runs user defined, timed routines? All the spin apps I've found want me to pay for a predetermined class.
posted by grahahw on Apr 27, 2016 - 2 answers

I do not have any voicemails, Android. SERIOUSLY.

I have a Nexus 5 running Android 6.01. I have a notification that will not clear that says I have 5 voicemails. I have zero voicemails. The internet is positively lousy with advice on how to fix this. Not a drop of it works. HALP.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 20, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking for sturdier Kindle 7" case that can keep screen higher

...and then fold back close when I'm done. My 1st gen tablet had a more stiff cover so the bottom half would support the kindle. I could watch movies at a higher eye level while on a treadmill or elliptical. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Apr 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Which cheap Android phone/plan should I use, to work for Amazon Flex?

I got my onboarding notice for Amazon Flex. I need to be able to take this job, as I'm barely scraping by, and this pays about double what I'm currently making. Stumbling block: it requires an Android phone, I have an iPhone. I need to get an Android, but I'm going to have to borrow money to get one. So I need to know how I can get the cheapest phone that will work, along with a cheap data plan. [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta on Apr 17, 2016 - 11 answers

Android App for Filming One-a-Day Stop Motion?

So I was thinking about doing one of those take-one-picture-a-day time lapse videos, but I wanted to also make it a stop motion video too. I'm kind of hoping that there's an Android app that would help me do this. So I'm going to describe what I think the perfect features would be for such a project, and hopefully someone will tell me if there's anything even remotely close to this. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Apr 17, 2016 - 1 answer

Quiet, cross-platform, local multiplayer phone games?

My GF and I are at a café with our respective, slightly outmoded Android and iOS phones. We want to play a game, but Spaceteam is TOO LOUD for public. What’s something fun, quiet and cross-platform? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Comic Book Cataloging

I am looking for an Android app that will allow me to scan my recently purchased comic books into a personal database. [more inside]
posted by GreatValhalla on Apr 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Tablet/Ipad resources for a Stroke/brain injury patient?

My mom had a stroke, she's doing ok but is having a lot of trouble talking clearly and has some fine motor control issues. Any suggestions for apps or resources for Android or Ipad apps or resources that could make it easier for her to use them? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Apr 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Why is my Android phone so slow?

I have an HTC One M8 (on Verizon), and it's exhibiting a number of strange problems. Over time, my phone has gotten slower and slower, to the point of occasionally becoming completely unresponsive. It's also developed a habit of spontaneously rebooting itself. Performing a factory reset or upgrading the OS seems to fix both of these problems for about a month, before they start creeping back. More details inside. I'm primarily interested in tracking down why this is happening, and identifying the root cause so I can make it stop forever. Technical answers/explanations are welcome. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Mar 30, 2016 - 9 answers

Zombies, bike!

Has anybody tried doing Zombies, Run! on a bike? I hate running but enjoy biking, so this is of interest to me.
posted by Pope Guilty on Mar 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Issues in loading app onto Android

I am loading a Square sales app into my android phone. It is in a constant state of installing. What gives? Can this be fixed?
posted by goalyeehah on Mar 18, 2016 - 1 answer

Why is Gmail refusing to quote the text of the email I'm replying to?

Weird problem started showing up recently. I'm using Gmail on Android and it isn't including (quoting) the text of the email that I'm replying to. I've checked the box to do so, and the quoted text even shows when I'm composing the email, but then it isn't actually included when the email gets sent (only what I wrote is sent). What the heck?
posted by madmethods on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me pick out an Android TV Box

I'm tired of having to reset my Netflix geo-unblocker constantly. I'm thinking of getting an Android TV Box. I don't know much about these, so though I can read the specs, I don't know how to pick one out. Which box should I get? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Mar 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Best non-iTunes Podcast Experience?

What's the best non-iTunes way to easily discover, subscribe, and manage podcasts? [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises on Mar 3, 2016 - 14 answers

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