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Unlocking Sony Xperia J & Factory Restore

I have inherited my wife's Sony Xperia J phone which she purchased from and used on our province's service provider's network. I want to wipe her stuff off of it, untether it from the provider, restore the phone to its original settings, and put a 7-11 pay-as-you-go SIM in it. How do I make this happen? There are plenty of Google results to do such things, but I don't know enough about phones/networks/Android to tell credible resources from sketchy. Thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Jan 15, 2017 - 1 answer

In my day, we called them 'roh-buts'

It's been a while since last someone asked, so for 2017: what are good recommendations for non-iPhone smartphones for seniors? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 4, 2017 - 4 answers

Apps for communicating with deaf friend?

I'm looking for apps that will help me communicate with a deaf friend. Are there apps that will add subtitles to real life, so that he can read what's being said during group conversations? Also, is there a way to video chat with captioning, so that he can skype someone in real-time? [more inside]
posted by tinymegalo on Jan 4, 2017 - 3 answers

Recommendations for Android Home Inventory Apps

You use an Android Home Inventory App and you love it (or at least like it) - please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by longdaysjourney on Dec 29, 2016 - 2 answers

Apple Health Pedometer for Android

I need pedometer app for Android (for a Google Pixel) that not only counts steps, but keeps an average of steps/day over the past 30 days like Apple Health used to on my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Dec 29, 2016 - 2 answers

Looking for a twitter app

I need suggestions for a twitter app that would just let me type what I want, then then automatically post it broken into two tweets if need be. Is there one that does that? Someone suggested Hootsuite to me, but it doesn't do what I want it to. I use android. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit on Dec 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Is there an Android app to periodically remind me of items in a list?

I’d like to be periodically reminded me of various life lessons I’ve learned and/or inspirational quotes – things that I don’t need to reminded of constantly, but if left long enough, I will forget. I was wondering if there was an Android app that could help me do this. [more inside]
posted by strekker on Dec 23, 2016 - 4 answers

What tablet should I get for watching movies/TV shows?

I haven't had an Apple product in years, but I'm thinking of buying a tablet for entertainment on some long flights I have coming up. [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Dec 20, 2016 - 18 answers

That's not what I typed!

I use SwiftKey on my HTC 10. Every so often the keyboard will add "&oq" to the end of a word for no apparent reason. I don't know how to stop it from happening. Once it happens to a particular word that word is marked for life. It's driving me nuts, but I love this app so I don't really want to change it. I haven't had much luck Googling solutions to the problem. Does anyone know what's going on and how to stop it?
posted by blackzinfandel on Dec 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Android Email: old account name, not new account name

In a nutshell, I was changing email accounts on a Nexus 7, and the account name remains unchanged. Is there a fix? [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Dec 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Is there a limit to phrasebook size on Google Translate app on Android?

I've been saving translations to the phrasebook on my Google Translate app on Android but as I add new phrases it seems to be deleting older ones. I have (ironically) googled all kinds of questions to find out whether there is a size limit to the phrasebook but can't find anything. Any ideas?
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Dec 17, 2016 - 1 answer

What's your favorite app for breaking news push alerts?

NBC is unfortunately discontinuing the Breaking News app, which has great push alerts. What's the best replacement? [more inside]
posted by boombot on Dec 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Can't connect to spotify over wifi on phones (both Android & Apple)

Our family is unable to connect our phones to Spotify over wifi at our home We can both connect over data. My search has given me the answer that this is issue with our router settings. But from there I am lost.... [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Dec 15, 2016 - 0 answers

Is there an Android expert in the house?

Upgraded from a Note 3 running Lollipop to a Note 4 running Marshmallow and now my apps are glitchy. Help? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Dec 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Remote Torrent

Is there an android or Browser app that will let me remotely control my PC at home? Most of the Android options I see are for a phone running on the same network and can only access a minimum of apps on the desktop. I'd like full remote desktop access from an android app. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 29, 2016 - 13 answers

What Android game should I play next?

I recently finished playing an Android puzzle game, Alcazar and I really loved it. What should I play next? [more inside]
posted by ddbeck on Nov 28, 2016 - 15 answers

Buying Android Phones for App Testing

We're building an iPhone app, and just decided to do Android version. Problem: no one on the team owns one. App aims for full compatibility with v5, and decent compatibility with v.4.4 (that's not up for discussion). I need to buy 5 or so phones for testing, preferably older ones so we can detect lag. We'll use wi-fi only. Please suggest models (preferably a diverse spread), or even specific deals. If we can add 1 semi-modern model without paying $$$, that would be great (maybe cracked screen or poor cell function?). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Nov 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Touch 1 hour, touch 2 hours

As a stopgap to a full fledget RFID/NFC time reporting system, I'm probably setting up a couple of touch-screens to allow our members to enter their time in the shop. What's the simplest way for me to accomplish this? (Slideshow inside!) [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Nov 22, 2016 - 2 answers

What can I do with a mobile phone with a busted sim slot?

I've got a brand new phone with a broken sim slot, that's been deemed repairable. I've been given a refund for the phone but they left the unit with me instead of taking it back. So, I've got a Motorola android phone that can connect to Wifi and do everything a phone without a sim card can do, and no idea what to do with it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Nov 21, 2016 - 19 answers

How to move links from the home screen of Android to Chrome bookmarks?

I have put a lot of links that I saw while browsing the web with Chrome on my Android phone and plan to read "one of these days" on my Home Screen. I have since started bunching them together, and now I have 20+ links on my Android Home Screen. Is there a way that I can easily move these into my Chrome mobile bookmarks? And/or is there a way that I can put them all together into an HTML file or something of the sort that I could export and access on desktop? Thanks.
posted by dhens on Nov 19, 2016 - 2 answers

How to get text from Android Notepad app?

My new phone (Huawei SCL-Lo2 Android 5.1.1) has a note-taking app (Notepad version 010) - so I've been entering my mileage at the start of trips: saves on logbooking manually - But ... how ever do I get the text files out of the phone? Can't find anything useful on app, and app doesn't show up in phone's installed apps list.
posted by unearthed on Nov 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Just use fingerprint scanner on a Nexus 6P?

How to *just use* fingerprint scanner to unlock a Nexus 6P? [more inside]
posted by My Dad on Nov 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Reset android chrome external protocol handlers

How do I change Chrome's external protocol handlers on my phone? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Oct 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Android Reminder App ?

I have to take a tablet every day and would like an Android app (or a mobile friendly web-app) to help me remember to do that. The obvious choices don't suit me ... more inside [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Oct 19, 2016 - 15 answers

Easiest way to turn a HTML+JavaScript page into an android App?

I have a working HTML + JavaScript webpage. I need to have it run on a tablet with no web/net access. What's the easiest / best / most stable / best looking way to do this? [more inside]
posted by signal on Oct 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Looking for a pomodoro timer with specific qualities

I'm looking for a pomodoro timer that keeps track of my actual time worked/time spent on break. In other words, I'd like it to ring an alarm after the 25-minute work time, but keep timing until I press "Start break," and ring an alarm after a 5 minute break, but keep timing until I press "Go back to work." Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by cider on Oct 12, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for an Android inventory app with QR code image retrieval

I am looking for an Android app which will allow me to scan a QR code (which the app may provide or have me generate my own) that is affixed to the outside of a physical box, then take a picture of the contents of said box. I can then put the boxes into storage/move them to new house/etc. When I desire, I fire up the app, scan the QR code on the box and can now see what is contained inside the box. [more inside]
posted by JJtheJetPlane on Oct 11, 2016 - 2 answers

In what way is Android Device Manager wrong about my phone?

Android device manager claims that my phone is somewhere in my house. But when I tell it to ring my phone at full volume, it claims that it's doing so, and then...nothing. My house is small. I have searched it from top to bottom, while the ringer should theoretically be sounding. I hear nothing. Which is more likely to be malfunctioning - the locator or the ringer? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Oct 10, 2016 - 6 answers

eBook App to replace Bluefire

I currently use the Bluefire reading app on my Android device, but it has two problems that make me want to kill it with the fire of a thousand suns and two other minor problems that only make me want to maim it a bit with a yellow flame, so I am looking for a replacement that does good things it does and doesn't do bad things it does. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Brain the size of a planet, and you want me to play "Louie, Louie"

Is there an Android mp3 player that can crossfade songs without fading-in the incoming track? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid on Sep 29, 2016 - 2 answers

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 - 8 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

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