How To Return Android Apps After 15 Minutes Trial Window

It is a well known fact that Google Play allows the users to return the purchased Android apps after 15 minutes minutes of purchase. What if you want to return an app that you bought a month back? This guide highlights a quick way to easily refund your purchased Google Play app even after the 15 minutes trial window.

Guide to Return Android apps After 15 Minutes

  • Go to Google Play and login using your Google account.
  • Click on the “My Orders & Settings” button at the bottom of the page to see the list of all Android purchases that you made. It will show the list of both free and paid Android apps that you purchased.
  • Search for the app that you want to refund.
  • Click on the “Report a problem” button available next to that.

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  • A box appears, select the “I’d like to request a refund” option in the “Select your Issue…” drop-down list.

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  • A text box appears then. Type a brief message in that box.
  • Click “Send report“.
  • Now it’s time to wait for a while. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a mail from Google immediately, stating that a refund will be issued. There are also circumstances when you don’t get any mail from Google, yet get your account credited with the refund amount.

This is a really useful option that most of the Android users are unaware. I have returned around 5 apps myself after finding them pretty ugly.

How To Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Your Android in Minutes

The Android ecosystem is coded beautifully and provides a huge collection of apps that one can use. But the most amazing thing with the Android world is that, one can easily root one’s Android device and get much more interesting stuff. The Android owners can easily ditch the stock ROM and move on to popular custom ROMs like CyanogenMod. But installing custom ROMs need root access to that Android device.

Rooting a particular Android device can be really easy, provided you have the necessary guide. You can easily root your Android device by doing a simple search on Larry Page’s most favorite search engine. Just type root guide for <your Android device name with model number> and you’ll results.

Once you root your Android device, you’ll need a custom recovery tool like ClockworkMod Recovery to flash the custom ROM. Custom recovery tools like ClockworkMod Recovery are far better than the stock recovery because the latter enlists many restrictions from the manufacturer and also is much feature-less. This post highlights on how to install ClockworkMod Recovery on your Android with ease.

Things to Keep in Mind Before Installing ClockworkMod Recovery:

  1. Make sure that your Android device is rooted.
  2. Make sure that your Android device has at least 85% charge. Make it 100% just to be on the safe side.

How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery?

  1. Install ROM Manager that is available on Google Play.
  2. Once installed, open it.
  3. Find the Flash ClockworkMod Recovery and click it. (See image below)
  4. The app asks you to choose your device model. Make sure that you select the correct model number.
  5. Once you select, the app will start the installation process. Wait a few minutes. And finally, you have installed ClockworkMod Recovery!

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That was pretty easy, right? Now, it’s time to have some fun. Flashing custom ROMs, themes, apps and a lot more becomes easy with ClockworkMod Recovery now. Also, you can take full backup of your Android with Nandroid backup using ClockworkMod Recovery.

Did you find this post useful to you? Do share your thoughts with us.

Link: ROM Manager

5 Android Apps Which I Love On My Samsung Galaxy S2

You might have heard that Samsung has surpassed the sale records of other competitor mobile phone companies’; they even left Apple behind in number of smartphone sales. The two devices which contributed in Samsung’s record breaking sales are “Samsung Galaxy S II” & “Samsung Galaxy Note”.

I purchased Galaxy S II few months back and love Android OS because of its flexible nature and high level of customization capability. I had tried 100s of Apps and about 20 custom ROMs on my Galaxy S II.

I thought I will share with your app that I most love using on my Galaxy S II.

#1. Wi-Fi Keyboard

Wi-Fi Keyboard is an amazing and useful app for those who text a lot. It is tough to write a long email/text on a virtual keyboard. With this app, you can use your laptop/PC’s keyboard for typing text on phone.

WiFi Keyboard App

What you need to do is, install the app and connect you phone and laptop with the same Wi-Fi access point. Now you can access the Wi-Fi keyboard and type on PC and see it typed on phone’s type box. 🙂

The only disadvantage which I feel in this app is this app hides the phone’s keyboard when you are using the Wi-Fi keyboard.

Link: Wi-Fi Keyboard

#2. Seesmic

Another amazing app, if you are addicted to Twitter or Facebook. Seemsic will provide you with an amazing interface for tweeting and Facebooking.

Seesmic Android App

I love this app more than the original Twitter and Facebook App because of its simplicity and fully interactive interface and red theme.

Link: Seesmic

#3. Remote Gallery 3D

As the name explains itself, this app is a Wi-Fi based app. It shows your phone’s gallery contents on the PC web-browser with a beautiful 3D interface. You can view the gallery images in your phone on PC without copying/transferring them to PC. The app which I am using is the lite version with limited features.

Remote Gallery 3D App

With the Paid/Pro version of this app you can watch videos stored in your phone on PC over Wi-Fi connectivity. I am sure you will love the interface of this app.

Link: Remote Gallery 3D

#4. Free SMS India

If you are in India, you might be using online free messaging sites like 160by2, way2sms etc. I preferably use way2sms but what is dislike is that they do not have a great mobile version of their site. They do not have a official Android app either.

Free SMS India App

But while searching for their official app, I came across “Free SMS India” app. This app is just unbelievably amazing, it allows you send free messages using various SMS gateways like 160by2, way2sms and few others. I must say, “Give it a try!”

Link: Free SMS India

#5. MP3 Ringtone Maker

Everyone loves a good caller ring. For making a ringtone from full track one would need a mp3 cutter and a PC.

MP3 Ringtone Maker App

MP3 Ringtone maker will allow you to make ringtones instantly from your phone. Just you need to select the starting time and ending time and you will get your best quality ringtone and set it as your caller tune.

Link: MP3 Ringtone Maker

So which Android app is your personal favorite? Do drop in your comments.

Automatically Set Date and Time of Your Android Phone

If you travel a lot or if you are the type of guy who plays with the settings or hack the phone – there are several chances that the time in your phone may go wrong. When you notice them, you won’t find it a big deal but if you forget to change time in your mobile it could lead to some serious disturbance.

People like me, schedule everything in our calender, even timings for study and blogging. It can also end up reminding me to go study at 3.am in the morning. 😛

Since it is not easy to set the correct Date and time manually every time, the only way to do it is by changing the date and time to be automatic.

Then it will grab the  information from the network service providers and the headache is solved. Everytime it resets, time will be automatically corrected by Android itself.

There are several Android users who have asked this question time and again about setting the time automatically. Hence I decided to blog about it.

Set Date and Time Automatically

  • Go to Menu -> Settings -> Date and time

  • Select the Automatic option in it. Now android will use the Date and time provided by the Network and it will be surely correct

That’s it ! Done ! It’s so simple but still find a lot of people being stumped by this simple settings tip for date and time for Android phones.

5 Funniest Android Apps to Kill Time

Android is rocking with many apps now. You can spice up your phone with any of those apps to make it more friendly or to make it worthy for business, finance, news,  social site and even just a great way pass some time with some fun apps. There are tons of android apps that, in my opinion, are the best time killers ever.

Here is a list of 5 funniest apps that I have used and found a good way to kill some time.

#1. Fat Booth

FatBooth, one of the popular app, helps you to think and visualize how a person would look with a few more pounds packed.

I saw this app on my brother’s iPhone first, and when I got my Android, I found it in there too. It’s a funny app to play pranks on your friends or teachers. Be careful of this app, it can also upset some people. 😉

Link : Fat Booth

#2.Talking Tom Cat

One of the Funniest Android app I have seen. Very very funny, especially for the kids. My kid sister was completely addicted to this app on my phone.

The graphics are great and you can feed the Tom cat with milk, you can hit him or tickle him and also, he will repeat anything  that you tell, in a funnier voice. The app is enough to kill a lot of time and to give birth to a lot of fun! It works great with touch screen.

Link: Talking Tomcat

#3. Google Goggles

Actually, not exactly a funny app and has productive functions. You can take pictures of a logo, monuments, paintings, books or etc and search them. The goggles will tell you what they are, and it can even fetch the contact details from a business card. It is really funny to take images and search them and to get the correct result ( most of all time :-)). A great way to kill time.

Link: Google Goggles

#4. Pho.to lab

This is the app of the famous site called pho.to and one of my favorite Android app. This app helps you to choose a photo from your gallery and to transform it into several ways – I can add thrilling effects to it, make collages, give fascinating frames, making yourself a celebrity or even turning the picture into an Avatar (Like those movie character) or a zombie.
Their face recognition technology is great and works perfectly. Their photos also keep some of the originality and doesn’t seems to be an artificial. That’s why I love this app!
Link : Pho.to Lab

#5. Turbo Granny Free

This is a very funny app. It is filled with humor and is really interesting. It has a granny riding a scooter and as you can see, that can lead to a lot of funny moments. I have found this app to be the most fun on Android.
Link : Turbo Granny

These are my picks for the funniest apps on Android. Do you have any more to share, do drop them in your comments.

How to Download YouTube Videos on Android

Many smart-phones do not support flash, but you can view YouTube videos with the help of some apps. The official YouTube app is pre-installed in almost every Android phone. But with this app users can only stream the videos and can not download it. Even if you go directly to YouTube with your browser, you can’t find that option in the mobile version.

Downloading YouTube videos from your android phones is not a hard task. Here is a guide which will help you.

Download YouTube Video on Android

  1. Go to Android Marketplace and search for the app called ‘TubeMate’ and install it.
  2. Install the app. ( Also checkout How to install android apps from any site outside the marketplace )
  3. Now use the app to navigate in YouTube and select the video you want to download.
  4. Once you select it, the page of the video will appear, showing the video info and related videos. Single tap on the video.
  5. Now a menu appears giving 2 options : Download or Watch. Select Download. 🙂
  6. When You click on download you will be given several resolutions. You can select any resolution you want. You can download it as HD video, normal video or even MP3. 
  7. Clicking it, will download the video to your SD Card.

In this way, you can download YouTube videos in any resolutions with tube mate. I haven’t found any better alternatives for it. Remember that, the TubeMate will only support the resolutions that the video has on YouTube. You can’t download a low quality video as HD.

I hope this post was useful for you. Do Drop comments ! 🙂

Install Apps from any Site Outside the Android Market

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image-android-logoThere are a lot of apps for Android users which can spice up your android phone. They are freely available on the Android Marketplace for Apps. It’s easy to download and install any app via Android Market.

Android allows apps to be installed via marketplace only due to security issues and malware problems. But there are many software that are not available in the market, several customized applications, apps created by your friends etc.

You may face problems installing them. Here, in this simple tutorial, I will guide you how to install any apps from any site to your Android phone.

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  • Download/Copy  to your SD Card,  the app installer from the site you want (it must have a “.apk” extension )
  • Now Navigate to Home -> Settings.

  • In the settings menu, select Applications

  • In the application menu, you can see the option named ‘Unknown Sources’. Tap on it.

In the box that appear, Select “OK”.

  • Now select the app .apk file and tap on it

  • Select install and it will be done!

Now the app have been installed on your phone. If you want to install an app from your computer, simply copy it to your SD Card / mail it to your android phone and carry out the same process to install it. 🙂

Do drop in your comments.