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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

Can I turn my phone into a weather station?

I have a gen 1 Moto G. It works fine, but the screen is heavily cracked (although still usable). I want to turn it into something that will tell me and also show me the weather conditions at the location it's sited at. Is this a thing that can be done? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Feb 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Yes, this will be my first smartphone

I'm finally caving and buying a smartphone. Size is a major factor, but I'm also not sure how concerned I should be about the security of phones that are stuck with older versions of their OS. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Feb 13, 2016 - 25 answers

Reliable Android Smartphone?

Ms. Zombiedance's Samsung Galaxy SIII has recently died, and she's looking to replace it. She was happy with the Galaxy up until it stopped working, but the fact that it lasted only 3 years makes her hesitant to buy another Samsung (say, a newer Galaxy). Are there significant differences in reliability among Android phone brands, and if so, are there particular brands/models that are more reliable? [more inside]
posted by zombiedance on Feb 13, 2016 - 9 answers

View two parts of one PDF at once

I am looking for apps that will let me take handwritten notes in a file/on a PDF and also view two different (arbitrary) parts of those notes/PDFs at the same time. I need this functionality on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a Mac running OSX, and an iPad Pro. [more inside]
posted by nat on Feb 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Have no money, need roboceptionist.

I'm looking for an app (iOS or Android or webapp, no preference) that displays the names (and ideally pictures) of the six people that work in my office, and when a name is tapped, an email is automatically sent alerting the person that they have a visitor. And it needs to be free. Explanations within. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jan 25, 2016 - 18 answers

Anyone know of a replacement for Pulse (news app) on Android?

The new version is very different, all the recommendations I've found just don't work the way I like...various RSS readers mostly. Looking for something that has minimal tapping and swiping while being headline and source dense. The old version was a big grid. There was a similar question last year here but it was for iOS.
posted by aerotive on Jan 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Programmable drum machine/metronome

I am looking for a good programmable metronome or drum machine or a sampler/sequencer for Android OS. [more inside]
posted by asok on Jan 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Programming Language for a Product Manager

My career has always been on the peripheral of more technical roles and I've excelled without getting to code-specific knowledge but in my job search everyone seems to want a product manager who can use code, even if it's not part of their job. What language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Dec 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Why do these Android apps ignore my rotation settings?

Certain Android games ignore my OS-level screen rotation settings and will, at the drop of a hat, switch to portrait mode from landscape, often only momentarily before flipping back to landscape. Fallout Shelter and Adventure Capitalist are the worst, and will do this even while the phone is completely motionless and either lying flat or propped up in landscape orientation, while Bloons TD5 will, again without any provocation, flip to portrait and then instantly back to landscape. This occurs regardless of whether screen rotation is enabled and is extremely obnoxious. What gives? Can this be prevented?
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Spatial Self-Mapping for the Scatterbrained

I am designing a project for about 10-20 undergraduate students (mostly traditional students but some non-traditional) where each will be asked to track their movements for a couple of weeks. Is there an easy, secure, mobile app for both Android and iPhone that will provide consistent location data in a reasonable format? Preferences would be for an app that doesn't drain the battery and one that allows you to set the interval for recording points. Nice but not critical would be some kind of reminder to record what they were doing at that time. [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Dec 14, 2015 - 6 answers

I've switched to Android. Help me fix the one (really) annoying glitch.

A friend gave me his Moto X (with Android 5.1) to try out indefinitely. I'm glad I've made the switch (and I'm wondering why it took so long). However, there is one annoying glitch with the screen that keeps happening and is nearly a deal breaker. [more inside]
posted by lenflack on Dec 13, 2015 - 11 answers

I need a new phone, and I need help deciding which Android to get.

I have a DROID Mini that I need to replace. I like the back button on the left and the active display, so I am leaning towards a Motorola phone. I am on Verizon, so that limits my choices. I want a good battery, decent camera, durability and price <$400. I mostly use my phone for email, text, web surfing, photos. I am nervous about buying a used phone since I plan to keep it for 2-3 years. I do not like the huge phones, but that seems to be the only option. I definitely need to be able to use it one-handed. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by sulaine on Dec 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Android game filter: game with blocks and numbers...?

The blocks are pushed up every so often. The blocks are all non-descriptively gray, except some of the ones on top are colorful and have numbers. At the top, it shows what the next block dropped will be, and you can click on the column to drop it on. Then, depending on some unknown (to me) rules, the blocks will disappear, sometimes multiple groups of blocks will disappear in a chain reaction. Sometimes this will cause some previously gray and unnumbered blocks to now be colorful and numbered. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Make my iPhone use the google ecosystem, esp. google voice

I'm coming from Android. I have a new iPhone (iOS 9). I know the Apple way is different than the infinite customization of Android. That said, without jailbreaking can I ... [more inside]
posted by zippy on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

android music player that won't play podcasts

Seeking a recommendation for an android music player that will only look in certain folders. My current "Music Player" app looks all over my phone, and as a result it shows me a confusing mix of albums and podcasts. Doggcatcher sees only my podcasts; I want a music player that sees only my music folders.
posted by greptile on Dec 10, 2015 - 8 answers

The tagline should be: Yell at the TV and Not at Each Other!

This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me find a calendar app

I need a better calendaring option. Must be as simple as possible or I won't use it. Super long details inside. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Will installing Android on a cheap Fire tablet make Youtube work better?

I got one of those $50 FireOS tablets, and it works okay... EXCEPT for Youtube videos. Sometimes it's okay, but most of the time it just hangs without playing a Youtube video. I assume this spotty performance is because it's not using an official Google-YouTube app? Anyone else have this problem? If I try to put Android on it, will YouTube actually work any better? (I don't want to brick this thing if it wouldn't help anyway.)
posted by mhh5 on Nov 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me make my brand new awful job less awful

Basically, I need a step-by-step explanation/tutorial on how to play audio files on my phone (not stream; play from memory). Android. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Nov 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Best rig for high quality Periscope broadcasts?

My organization is doing more and more Periscope broadcasting as part of our outreach. We've found some budget to buy a specific setup with which to do this, rather than relying on staff member's personal devices. What's our best bet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2015 - 0 answers

What's my best upgrade option for a teetering iPhone 4?

My wee, sturdy iPhone 4 is reaching the end of its unnatural lifespan. I plan to get a new phone in January and cannot decide from these options: 5s, 6, and [unknown Android capable of seducing me]. Difficulty level: Canadian; have a decent month-to-month phone plan now and don't want to settle for less; smallish hands. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Nov 19, 2015 - 20 answers

Can anyone suggest a great ear-bud headset for an android phone?

Can anyone suggest a great ear-bud headset for an android phone that has a high quality mic for phone conversations?
posted by tangyraspberry on Nov 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Why does my wife's android phone have a pin lock when it didn't before?

Testing sim cards at a booth in the mall has led to the phone being locked with a pin # password. She has not set up a pin number password at any time in the phone's [~1 month] career. This is not ideal and I am searching for a way to rectify this without a factory reset [Android Device manager is not installed]. [more inside]
posted by Acari on Nov 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Marshmallow ROM for Nexus 5

I would like to install a Marshmallow ROM for my Nexus 5. I quite like the default version of Android, my issue is simply that Marshmallow doesn't install on my device. I don't absolutely need Marshmallow, I would just like it. Specifically, I don't want to install a ROM if it is going to have a significant negative impact on performance or battery life, so if someone has run some benchmarks on the ROM, then that would be great. [more inside]
posted by casebash on Nov 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Best activity and mood tracking apps?

I'm after recommendations for an Android app that will prompt me during the day to ask some combination of what I'm doing and what my mood is. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Need a FREE multi-social media posting and aggregator app.

I need a free Android app that will allow posting and reading to a number of social media sites. Also, some sites I have several accounts, so I need access to all of those. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Oct 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Gmail sync frequency

I have an Android phone using lollipop. I would ideally like gmail to sync at multiple frequencies -- more often on wifi, less often on data, never overnight. But this isn't an option with the gmail app, which is push (my poor battery) or manual (I forget, then it acts up). What are the best options to have my phone do what it wants? I'm ok paying for an app, changing my mail app, etc.
posted by jeather on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Moving from Apple to Android

I'm about to make the move from an iPhone to a Nexus 5X running Android. If you've made the iOS to Android switch recently, what was your experience like? What surprised you? What confused you? What did you forget to think about and do that you wish you had?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Rooty Tooty, Fresh and Fruity (Android Edition)

Should I root my Samsung Galaxy S5? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Oct 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Android Voice Recorder That Uses Physical Keys to Operate?

I'm trying to find an Android app that can make voice memo's by pressing some physical key on my phone (e.g., volume up or down, or double tapping home key). [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Oct 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Android games for pre-teens learning English

I'm looking for more games to play in my weekly English tuition classes. The class is for working-class children in a multilingual country (Malaysia), so they have some proficiency that is age-appropriate, but they're very used to codeswitching, so I'm trying to get them to be more able to express themselves comfortably in one language as needed. Right now they have played Boggle (which is tabletop) but especially enjoyed Heads Up. Anyone has recommendations for similar party games on Android (that is free or cheap) that would help them in English? [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Oct 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Which taxi/ride-share app for Santiago & Buenos Aires?

Which taxi or ride-share app to use in Santiago and Buenos Aires: Easy Taxi / Safer Taxi / Uber / other / none? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 answers

First Gen Nexus 7 is unusable and slow since recent Android updates

I've got a first-gen Nexus 7 tablet that I once loved dearly. But for some months now, since one Android update or another, it has become unusably slow. Even between basic functions, it now has the kind of lag time that allows a person to go the kitchen, brew a cup of coffee, come back and settle into their chair and still find the thing dragging. Surely, it's not gone for good. How can I make it usable again? Specific instructions or links greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Android Tablet for Kids

I'm trying to find an affordable tablet for kids to use...details inside. [more inside]
posted by trivia genius on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

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