Smartphones

A smartphone or smart phone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. They typically combine the features of a cell phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant (PDA), media player and GPS navigation unit. Most smartphones can access the Internet, have a touchscreen user interface, can run third-party apps, music players and are camera phones. Most Smartphones produced from 2012 onwards also have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE internet, motion sensors, and mobile payment mechanisms.

Can anyone give me a step by step guide on how to set up/use
Android's  "Smart Applock" to lock down what apps the user
can run/install?  

Eg: don't want user to be able to install any browsers but just
a dedicated app called "MyApp".  The administrator/Helpdesk
holds the password to this app such that if any user wants
to install any app, have to be brought to the Admin/Hdesk
& Admin/Hdesk  need a password to go into this 'Smart App
Lock" to permit the new app to be installed.

Screen by screen instructions will be ideal
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Looking for easier-to-read fonts for my Note 8.  The fonts on the Samsung Store are $1.90 for me in the US.  Are there other ways to get fonts for my phone for less?
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I use Windows for my computers, but have both an iPhone and iPad connected to my Yahoo email account.  All of a sudden (as of four days ago) my email stopped coming into my iPhone and iPad.  Everything else seems to be working.  At the bottom of the screen it gives me the following message:  "Updated Saturday.  Account Error:  Yahoo!  Details" ... but when I click on "Details" nothing happens.  They are connected to our WiFi network.  What could have caused this, and how do I fix it?

Thanks,

Phil
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I'm looking for free Android apps (that's without ads) for

a) locking (ie block) users from installing/running apps that
    we don't endorse.  Smart App Lock free version comes
    with ads

b) that our Helpdesk can just tap/launch & it'll verify if the
    Android tablet is rooted/jail-broken

Ideally the apps recommended will work when the Android
is updated, easy to use & have good user ratings.  We are
looking at a Samsung tablet.
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hi Techs. We just switched from Verizon to Comcast Mobile. a very strange thing happened on my wife's phone right when we switch. she received a text from an unknown contact regarding my phone number. I'd like to ask if it's possible if Verizon was somehow hacked into my phone.

On another note.... our phones are running so much better than Comcast!  no glitches and weight faster.....
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Does Android have an equal to iMessage?

I love the iPhone and the Mac since I can read and write text messages from my PC, using iMessage.

Does Windows have an iPhone iMessage? Android?
Does Mac have a program for the Android?

Thanks
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Say, we have a Blue tooth Mouse and Keyboard connected to the laptop. Can we attach additional Blue tooth Devices or only 1 blue tooth device at a time? How many Blue tooth Devices can be attached ? It is a entry-level HP laptop, bought within the past year so it's relatively current.
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what kind of safeguards/controls/caps do you put in place with corporate contracts when you issue smartphones to your employees (mainly how to avoid huge bills if they misuse their device). Trying to think of every possible way an employee could rack up a large unwanted bill on the company account and make sure when we go to tender on a new supplier that the contract is in place to prevent these from happening.
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We need to disable txt message for users who are using MFA and use app
Instead

Is it a good idea
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Just found a couple of Android charging apps that
prolong the phone's built-in battery but they either
require rooting or 3rd party battery:

Battery Charging Limit app:
https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/set-charging-limit-your-android-device-avoid-excess-battery-wear-0176280/

Chargie app with external pwr bank:
https://chargie.org/

However, I can't root my device as my corporate MDM will block it
while I find getting an external pwr bank rather unwieldy (besides
the cost).

Any other apps which don't require rooting or external hardware?
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I'm looking for a Note 9 casing that comes with built-in battery
which I can manually turn on/off charging the phone's built-in
battery so tt it doesn't constantly charge the built-in phone battery

There's no mention if the following models offer this feature:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GB5R27M/ref=psdc_7073958011_t1_B07H3256JB
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H3256JB/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2QAZ8RQ4KWQ44&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071NWVT9M/ref=psdc_7073958011_t2_B07H3256JB
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-Zenfone-Max-Pro-M1-ZB602KL-Dual-Sim-64GB-128GB-4GB-Ram-Smartphone-Mobile/223672069413?hash=item3413e4ed25:m:m6enltHFQ0tEHd6Ifn-hsHQ

Anyone knows if Zenfone Max Pro M1 above fr USA could

a) be used with Singapore Telcos (Singtel, StarHub)

b) support NFC & LTE ?
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Does zenfone Max Pro M1 support smart battery management whereby
it charges/recharge the battery at optimal timings?

Secondly, does it come with a 128GB storage option (not via microSD)
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To prolong my battery lifespan, is there any Android app that:
"will stop the charging & only kick in the battery charging when it
hits about 20-30% & then stop charging when it hits 80%?
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As batteries are built into mobile phones nowadays & to replace them
requires it to be brought to the workshop who has the tools to change
them,  I'm thinking of getting battery casings so as to reduce the
number of charge+discharge (that is what typically reduce the lifespan
of batteries.

Specifically I'm looking at Galaxy note 9 ie batteries like those below:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GB5R27M/ref=psdc_7073958011_t1_B07H3256JB
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H3256JB/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2QAZ8RQ4KWQ44&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071NWVT9M/ref=psdc_7073958011_t2_B07H3256JB 

Q1:
Am I right or mistaken?  With above battery cases, will the phone  charge
directly from the casings' batteries rather than charging from the built-in
batteries?

Q2:
Or it'll shorten the built-in battery's lifespan instead as the casings will
charge the built-in battery whenever the built-in battery goes down by
1-2%, thus maximizing the number of charge+discharge cycles?

Q3:
Any other ways to increase life span of built-in batteries?  Understand
we should let it discharge till almost 1-2% before charging it up again
& we should always charge it to the max of 100%: this is a known
good practice but often this is rather inconvenient & risk discharging
completely, resulting in phone being powered off, missing crucial
calls/messages.

What I do know is if laptops are frequently being left connected to
AC or even an external powerbank (Hyperjuice, Vinsic…
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One day an Outlook app appeared on the Android LG K7 phone desktop. I'd like to find out how much memory it takes up, and then delete Outlook. I looked this up, but when I follow the instructions, I quickly am unable to find an item in the Settings area. Does anyone know how to do this?

https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-30601
In Delete section, it says: "Tap the account you want to delete." but the only item there is Google, not Outlook or hotmail.
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I need to take a backup of Whatsapp from an iphone 6s , and another backup from an Android phone; and merge the 2 backups in one Whatsapp on an android phone ;
How can this be done ?
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Android mobile pop-up ads issue for every 2min.
Even when I am in calls or FAceBook or WhatsApp chatting, always irritating these ads.
Please let me know how to stop those ads.
Android Version 9,  Security patch level 1Nov2019.
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we are looking into best practices for overall management of mobile phone/smartphone devices, and wondered if this falls under your remit, what kind of controls/processes/alerts do you have in operation to prevent huge bills/nasty surprises each month on a corporate contract. How do you contain the risk of large bills to the company and how does the overall process of management & monitoring work at your organisation? Are there any common traps/risks to avoid and best practice on how to manage them.
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My phone was linked to a google account and contacts were sync fine. The sync has been frozen for a while and phone won't sync anymore, so I removed Google account from Android. But when added again the sync menu now DOES NOT show CONTACTS ; so I am unable to sync my contact because it is not there to select.

I tried to restart phone several times,
I tried to disable/enable the Google Contact system app,
even cleared its cache ... still the phone is linked to a Google account, but is not showing Contacts Sync option
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I'm thinking about using Companionlink to sync my Outlook to my Android phone.

Have used it in the past.

Looking at connecting via Bluetooth as it's the simplest option.

Concerned about security.  

Seems like the software sends data via Bluetooth encrypted.  So, checks one box.

Here's my question - after I get the phone and the PC paired I can turn off discoverability.  But...seems like, for my Win10 PC (and lots of others) turning off Bluetooth is not enough.  I've got to run services.msc to get discoverability  ACTUALLY turned off.

So, my question is: am I on the right track here: to ACTUALLY keep my PC undiscoverable I would have to run services.msc and disable it at that level?

Then, to the base of my question: somehow having my Outlook data transferred via Bluetooth is dismaying.  Should I have that concern?  

My other options used to date have been using MS Exchange locally via a program called Akruto.  Or, using Companionlink over Wifi.  Each of these are also locally broadcasting my Outlook data to my phone.  (At one point I was even super secure syncing with Companionlink via USB cable.  Safe, but not efficient.)

So, my thinking now is this - if I can get Bluetooth discoverability ACTUALLY disabled on my PC and my phone that would reduce the chance when I'm on the road for a malefactor …
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Say, I'm used to using the Audicity program in Windows https://www.audacityteam.org/ . I use very few of the features, just basic audio editing. Kindly recommend an app for Android that is similar in nature and perhaps, compatible. Thanks, Shaun
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Got this screenshot in a great reply to a question.
encryption-is-where.png
It is from Android 9, Lite.  Going by the caption at the top of the screenshot screen "Encryption & credentials", seems like there's a setting in the OS called Encryption & credentials.  

I'm using Android 9.  Not Lite.

For some reason, I can't find that same Encryption & credentials setting in Android 9.

What do you think is happening?

Many thanks,

OT
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MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.12 released      2019-06-17

They say:
Simply explore your Android phone !
Connect your phone via WiFi, cable or bluetooth and you'll be surprised how easy and efficient it will be to manage your phone with our software. Since it's first release MyPhoneExplorer evolved into the most popular freeware tool for smartphones. The software is constantly updated with new features.

Anyone have experience with this app?

My main question: in syncing data, does the transfer between android phone and PC get sent encrypted, or can anyone read it?

Thanks!

OT
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Android Pie emojis seem hideous to me.

Please, Please, PLEASE,  P L E A S E...tell me there is some way on a non-rooted Samsung Galaxy A7 phone to roll them back or to alter them.
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Smartphones

A smartphone or smart phone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. They typically combine the features of a cell phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant (PDA), media player and GPS navigation unit. Most smartphones can access the Internet, have a touchscreen user interface, can run third-party apps, music players and are camera phones. Most Smartphones produced from 2012 onwards also have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE internet, motion sensors, and mobile payment mechanisms.