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Block / Unblock Calls from a Number on Samsung Galaxy S5

By: Harold Hisona | Monday, March 24, 2014

Like the previous flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5 also has the capability to block calls from a certain phone number. Here's how you do it:

Blocking a Number

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Tap Settings and scroll to APPLICATIONS section.
  3. Tap Call, and the Call Rejection.
  4. Tap Auto reject list and the Create.
  5. Tap the Contacts icon.
  6. You can enter the phone number you want to block manually, or you can choose Match criteria option: Exactly the same as (set as default), Starts with, Ends with, and Includes.
  7. Tap Save.
  8. To search for the number to block tap the Contacts icon.
  9. Tap Logs or Contacts.
  10. Tap the number to reject or contact to add to your reject list.
  11. Tap Save.

How to Change Samsung Galaxy S5 Language, Time and Date

In this post, you will be guided on how to change Samsung Galaxy S5's language, time and date.

Changing the Language

  1. From the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.
  2. Tap Settings and scroll down to SYSTEM section.
  3. Tap Language and input.
  4. Tap Language and choose your preferred language.

Setting Time & Date

  1. From the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.
  2. Tap Settings and scroll down to SYSTEM section.
  3. Tap Date and Time.
  4. If you want the phone to automatically set the time according to your time zone, tap Automatic time zone to tick the checkbox beside it.
  5. Tap Automatic date and time to tick the checkbox.
  6. If you want to manually set the time and the date, un-tick Automatic date and time so you can tap both 'Set date' and 'Set time' options.


How To Setup Samsung Galaxy S5 (Preparing for First Time Use)

I had the opportunity to play with the live Samsung Galaxy S5 but unlike other bloggers, I won't write a review of the phone. Instead, I will write tutorials for those who may find it "confusing" to operate their new powerful smartphone for the first time. Here's how you set up the new Samsung Galaxy S5:

Galaxy S3 com.google.process.gapps service stopped [How to Fix]

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped."

That is the actual error message you will get on your Samsung Galaxy S3 if one of the core gapps (Google Apps) stops working. As you may have already thought, each app under the gapps process is connected, so if one messes up, the rest will be messed up. The good thing is, if one is fixed, all of them will be fixed as well. Basically, the error message above is related to the following error messages:
  • "Unfortunately, Gmail has stopped."
  • "Unfortunately, Play Store has stopped."
  • "Unfortunately, Maps has stopped."
  • "Unfortunately, Google Search has stopped."

Samsung Galaxy S3 Problem: "Unfortunately, TouchWiz Home has stopped"

By: Harold Hisona | Friday, March 21, 2014

Are you getting the error message "Unfortunately, TouchWiz Home has stopped" on your Samsung Galaxy S3? If so, this post can help you fix it. The Galaxy S3 actually comes with Samsung's proprietary interface known to many as TouchWiz (TW). While there are some who think of it as an advantage over other devices that use only Android's stock interface, many are disappointed because it is often the cause of freezes and lags in the phone.

"Unfortunately, TouchWiz Home has stopped" is the exact error message you'll get whenever the service stops functioning and there is nothing you can but tap on that 'OK' button as if you're agreeing to it. It can be fixed and if you're lucky, you can do so in one easy procedure. However, the best solution for this is knowing the reason why the problem happens in the first place. If you have an idea why the problem occurred, you can easily find a solution yourself.

Samsung Galaxy S3 showing unread SMS messages

Does your Samsung Galaxy S3 say you have unread messages or missed calls? Are you seeing negative 1 (-1) notification on your Messaging app icon? Or, does the voicemail icon say you have unheard voice messages? All these false notifications are not really serious problems with the phone, they're just so annoying because you will be fooled every time.


False notifications are actually common in Android and they started during the Gingerbread times. The fact is, a few days after the Samsung Galaxy S3 was released in 2012, many owners were already asking on how to get rid of negative or unread messages.

Samsung Galaxy S3 replaces typed words after Android 4.3 update

Does your Samsung Galaxy S3 replace every word you type after you updated it to Android 4.3? Don't worry, there's a solution for that. Basically, it's not a problem with the phone, it's actually a feature built to help people make it easier and faster to type words, that is if you're typing the entire word when you text. If you're not, then it is very annoying.

In case you haven't been experiencing this problem before the 4.3 update, it could be that the option was disabled. This post is not about fixing the issue because it's no problem at all. Rather, it is about how to disable the feature back.

Samsung Galaxy S3 reboots when accessing Clipboard after 4.3 update

By: Harold Hisona | Thursday, March 20, 2014

Many Galaxy S3 owners reported that after they updated their phone to Android 4.3, they can no longer access the clipboard because either it's going to crash or it will trigger a reboot, or both. The latter is rampant, although there were also who reported having to experience freezes before the actual reboot caused by the Clipboard.


I already published a fix for Galaxy S3 keyboard lags and freezes but this issue wasn't included simply because it occurs only when a certain service is called by the stock keyboard. Moreover this problem occurs when a user tries to paste something out of the clipboard. If you have an S3 and you updated it to Android 4.3, you should try to access the clipboard to see if  you too have a problem like this. Here's how you access it:

Galaxy S3 Keyboard lags and freezes after Android 4.3 JB update

One of our customers in the shop today was a Galaxy S3 owner who was experiencing some lags when using the Samsung Keyboard. According to her the problem started in December when she updated her phone to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. She thought it would be gone but she was wrong. This proves that problems like this should be addressed as soon as they manifest or they will bug you every day.

I wanted to see the problem myself, so with her sitting beside me, I tried texting and the keyboard froze for about 4 seconds and there were delays when typing. At first, the Messaging app was my prime suspect, so I launched the Email app and wrote a dummy email just to use the keyboard; it didn't freeze but there was still delays. I did the same with the Gmail app. I even tried searching for games in the Play Store and the delays were still present. This time I knew it was a keyboard problem.

Fixing Galaxy S3 Messaging that crashes after 4.3 update

By: Harold Hisona | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S3 stock Messaging app is one of many apps that started to crash after the phone was updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. There are, however, a few variations of the problem. The most common is also the most obvious--an error message that says "Unfortunately, Messaging has stopped" pops up on screen and you have no other choice that to tap "OK."


Other owners who reportedly encountered problems with the Messaging app after the 4.3 update said that it sometimes lags or freezes and occasionally just quit working and you will be redirected to the Home screen for no apparent reason. There were also others who reported to have experienced Messaging crashes once they started typing their message.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update rolls out next week

By: Harold Hisona | Tuesday, March 18, 2014

If you are a Samsung Galaxy S3 owner, you must be wondering when the Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out will be. While we've heard a lot of speculations about the most anticipated update lately, the most recent tip came from Samsung Mobile Arabia Facebook page.

It didn't actually come as an official announcement but as an answer to the question posted by one FB user and I quote "...the KitKat update will be available by end of this month. Thanks for your patience."

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 NFC Switch is Grayed Out [How To Fix]

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Galaxy Note 2 owner emailed me about his phone's NFC problem. According to him, the toggle switch was grayed out and now there is no way for him to turn the feature On and Off. He didn't know when the problem started. Here's is his actual message:
Screenshot by Rene' Ortiz via Google+

How To Claim Free 50GB Dropbox Cloud Storage for Samsung Galaxy S4

If your Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with pre-installed Dropbox application, you are eligible to receive the free 50GB cloud storage space. But do you know how to claim it? Here's how:


Samsung Galaxy S3 Runs Very Slow After Android 4.3 Update

The Samsung Galaxy S3 received the Android 4.3 update late last year and millions of owners were anticipating it because the manufacturer didn't release the supposed 4.2 update. The anticipation turned to frustration when owners were plagued with all sorts of problems after the update. Poor performance issues were among the most common.


How To Use Task Manager on Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

By: Harold Hisona | Saturday, March 15, 2014

If your Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is suffering from performance issues like slowing downs, freezes and hangings there is a big possibility that a lot of applications are running in the background eating up your tablet's RAM. The most common action to undertake is to close those apps and you can only do that by pulling up the Task Manager.


How to Add or Delete Shortcut on Samsung Galaxy Mega Home Screen

By: Harold Hisona | Friday, March 14, 2014

Adding and Deleting of shortcuts on the Home screen of Samsung Galaxy Mega is easy. In fact, you can do both in just six steps. Here's how you do it:

How To Change Wallpaper on HTC One Max

Here is a very simple tutorial on how to quickly change the wallpaper on your HTC One Max phone.

How To Display Recent Applications on Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Display the Recent Applications screen on your Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 will enable you to view any application's information and remove any app from the list of recently used apps. Android does not automatically close an app when you hit the Home button or run another. Instead, the app continues to run in the background using portion of your precious RAM.

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

The first time you turn on your Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, you are required to set it up to your preferences. During the process, you will select your language, sign in to your Google and Samsung Accounts, connect your Dropbox account, setup your preferred name for the tablet, etc. 

Fixing Wi-Fi that drops when Galaxy S4 sleeps

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, March 9, 2014

A woman with a Samsung Galaxy S4 enters the shop today complaining she cannot finish downloading a file from the internet because every time the screen turns off, her Wi-Fi will also get cut off.

She asked if it's a normal operation of the phone. I said yes, of course, because it is. However, there is an easy way to keep Wi-Fi connection going even if the phone goes to sleep. She was delighted upon hearing it and was excited to her problem resolved.

Here's what I did:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Connections.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap the Menu key.
  5. There's an option that says "Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep," choose "Always."
I tried downloading something off the net and waited until the screen turned off. I woke it up and found out the download was interrupted and the phone was re-connecting to the network. Usually, this problem never happens. I've tried it with other devices a lot of times but it was the first time I experienced it.

I rebooted the phone, downloaded the file and waited for the S4 to fall asleep. When I woke it up, this time the Wi-Fi stayed connected. Basically, there are times when you really need to reboot the phone so new settings will take effect.

If the reboot didn't work, the next thing I would have done was to disable Wi-Fi power saving mode.

Galaxy S3 Problem: "Unfortunately, Messaging has stopped"

By: Harold Hisona | Saturday, March 8, 2014

A customer stopped by our shop today bringing his Samsung Galaxy S3 with him. He said he couldn't send a text message because every time he attempted to, a dialog box pops up:

"Unfortunately, Messaging has stopped."

This is the error message our customer was getting. I asked him about significant events that could have led to this issue but he said all he did was update his phone to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

It makes sense. After the 4.3 update, many Galaxy S3 owners were complaining about this same problem. But I knew the problem wasn't something big, it was a minor glitch on the stock Messaging app and can be fixed by a simple housekeeping.

The problem was fixed within five minutes and it was a walk in the park. What I did was this:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap More tab.
  3. Choose Application Manager.
  4. Swipe right to display All tab's contents.
  5. Find Messaging.
  6. Tap Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons.
  7. Problem solved!

If the issue persisted after what I did, I could have gone as far as Factory Reset after I cleared the cache partition. Thank God I didn't have to go through that and the customer was happy. Easy money.
 

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