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How to fix unfortunately settings has stopped error on Android phones

The Unfortunately, Settings has stopped error has been widely reported on various Samsung Galaxy smartphones. This error prevents users from syncing their contacts, app data, Gmail, calendar etc in the Google settings. The “Settings has stopped working” error may pop up immediately after entering your device settings >> Accounts >> Google. This means you may not even be able to access your Google settings, where you add or remove Gmail accounts.

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There are many fixes or solutions to this Android settings bug. If you have flashed a custom ROM like cyanogenmod on your Android phone, the error can be fixed by simply re-flashing the ROM and Gapps package. If you are getting this error on a factory or stock Android operating system, here are the possible solutions:

Screenshot of "settings has stopped" pop up

Gallery app settings

This one is a weird workaround for users who cannot access Google settings due to this error. This fix has worked on many Galaxy smartphones like Galaxy S4, S5 and S6. Open your Gallery app, press menu (or the three dots on the top right) and then tap on your account. Now the Google account settings will open and you can sync your Google data or remove the account and add a new one.
Note: This fix may not work on non-Samsung devices like LG smartphones that have a different gallery app.

Clear device cache from storage

Go to settings >> Storage >>Tap menu >> select “Clear cache”
On some devices from storage >> tap “Cached data” >> tap on “Ok” to clear caches

Wipe cache partition

This solution may also work if you got the settings has stopped error right after installing a software update.

  • Turn off your phone
  • Press and hold the volume up, power and home buttons at the same time.
  • Release once you reach the recovery screen
  • Now use the volume button to highlight “wipe cache partition”
  • (on some devices it may also be inside advanced options)
  • Now press the power button to start the wiping process
  • Restart system (device)

Note: The above button combination for recovery mode is for Samsung Galaxy devices, other devices may have different method)

Uninstalling Google Play Store update

  • This is a common method used to fix many Google Play Store error codes. It may also be effective for fixing the settings has stopped error.
  • Go to Settings >> Apps >> All
  • Scroll down the list of apps and select “Google Play Store”
  • (on some devices, you will need to press menu icon on top right and then select “show system apps”)
  • Tap on “Uninstall updates”
  • Optionally, repeat similar steps to uninstall updates of “Google Play Services”

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Uninstall third party apps

If you started getting this error after installing some particular apps, then it’s time to uninstall all the third party apps that may be causing some system conflicts.

Re-flash the operating system

Most of the times, factory resetting is not going to resolve this error. If you know how to do it, simply download your stock operating system and then install/flash it via recovery. If your phone is still under warranty, you can take it to the service center and they will reflash a bug free operating system so that your phone will no longer get the “Unfortunately, settings has stopped error”.
If you persistently get this error after trying all the above methods, all you can do is wait for the device manufacturer or carrier to release an update to fix this bug. If the wait is too long, I suggest flashing a compatible custom ROM. Custom ROMs these days are almost as capable and reliable as stock operating systems, so you can expect a satisfying performance from a stable custom ROM.


How to download and play Pokemon GO if it’s unavaliable in your country

Pokemon Go is currently officially available in New Zealand, Australia, United States, Canada and Germany. So, most of the Android and iOS users still don’t have access to this game and we still don’t know when it will be released in the remaining 200 or so countries filled with millions of more Pokemon fans. If you are impatient, there is actually a way to install and play Pokemon Go right now in countries where it is not available yet. Users in Brazil, Korea, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Nepal and more will be happy to try this method out. So if you are one of those Pokemon fans, who has been frantically searching Pokemon Go on Google Play Store or iTunes App Store  everyday, this post is for you.

Installing Pokemon Go on iphone and Android in unsupported countries

After the recent launch of Pokémon Go on iPhone and Android devices, it has take the world by storm. Pokemon Go’s augmented reality gaming requires you to actually get out and search for Pokemon around your area and beyond. As your experience level increases you will be able to catch more powerful Pokemons, battle and take over your enemy’s teams and become the ultimate Pokemon Master. The game is highly addictive and like most Pokemon fans you too will be saying “gotta catch em all”. The success of this game has skyrocketed Nintendo’s stock prices and now it’s worth billions of dollars more than before.

The direct installation method is easy. You just have to download the apk installation file and directly install the game instead of via Google Play Store. Then simply open your game and you are good to go. Pokemon Go does require you to turn on GPS and mobile data, which is likley to drain your phone’s battery faster than usual. On the plus side, the mobile data usage seems to be very reasonable and less than most other apps and games.

How to Install Pokemon Go on any unsupported countries: Android

  • Download Pokemon Go Apk from here: Pokemon GO APK installation
  • Before installation make sure installation from unknown sources are allowed. To do this, go to Settings >> Privacy (or Security) >> Scroll down and tap on Unknown Sources to allow installation of apps from unknown sources.
  • Now go to downloads and tap on the apk file you downloaded in step 1 and install Pokémon Go.

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Now open Pokemon GO and it will prompt you to turn on GPS. Turn on GPS and WiFI or mobile data. You can sign in by using your Google account. Next, select/edit your avatar and type your nickname. Now the game will start and the first thing you will see is your avatar on a map. The map is extracted from Google Maps so it will be the real map of your area. As you move, so will your character. You will most likely find a couple of Pokemons nearby right away. More Pokemons will be placed further away. You can check your map and start hunting Pokemon. An important tip: Play safe and responsibly, do not trespass other’s properties, do not go chasing Pokemons on the highway or in the middle of the street and do not jump off a cliff if you see a Pokemon there.  

How to Install Pokemon Go on any unsupported countries: Android

  • On your iPhone, logout from App Store. Go to settings >> tap “Apple ID” and sign out
  • Now from settings >> General >> Language and Region, set your region as Australia, USA ,Germany or any region where Pokemon Go is available. 
  • Open App store and search “Pokemon GO” and download it.
  • If you don;t see it, you have to create a new Apple ID. While creating new Apple ID, make sure that your address is that of New Zealand, Germany, USA, Canada or any address where Pokemon Go is officially available. You can even use this Fakenamegenerator tool to generate a bogus Personal info of a U.S resident. 
  • Now go back to  iTunes App Store and Pokemon GO will be available.

After Pokemon Go is officially released in your region, you can switch back to your original Apple ID.

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How to turn off notifications from particular apps on Android

The instructions on this tutorial is for devices running Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6 Marshmallow and newer operating systems.  Are you bothered by constant notifications from selected Android games like Asphalt 8, Champions, Clash of Clans and notifications from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook and so on? Android has a built-in features to disable or turn off app notifications. You can disable notifications from any particular Android application or game. The notification will remain disable even after you restart or turn off your phone. You will have to enable it from the settings if you want to start seeing the notifications again.

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Here are the steps to disable app notifications on Android phones and tablets:
  1. Go to Settings >> Apps 
    Turning off or blocking notifications from Asphalt - Android
    Blocking notifications from Asphalt 8 – Android 6 Marshmallow
  • Settings >> General >> Apps (on LG devices)
  • Swipe left to get to”All” apps list (on some devices you’ll get directly to apps list)
  • Scroll down and select “Viber” or any other app/game whose notifications you want to stop
  • On Android Kitkat, Tap on “show notifications” and select “OK” (show notification is right below “Force Stop” option)
  • On Android Marshmallow,  Tap on “Notifications”  >> Turn on “Block” notifications 
  • Now notification wills top showing up on your lockscreen and notification bar on the top of your Android display. You will also stop getting sound alerts after blocking notifications for the selected apps.

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    How to appear offline on Viber app for Android & iOS – turning off Online status

    On Viber you can immediately check the online status of your friends and your friends can also check whether you’re online or offline. You can actually appear offline by turning off “online” status in Viber app settings. However, many people don’t know about this feature so they turn on aeroplane mode, turn-off Wi-Fi or mobile data so that they don’t appear as online on Viber. Many people assume that if you’re  appearing online on Viber, it means you are available for chat. However because we’re constantly connected to the internet, we’re always appearing as “online” on Viber and other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp. This could be a hassle because people will want to chat with you even in you’re work hours and you will be bombarded with Viber notifications. Of course you could always disable Viber notifications from Android settings but that could mean you’ll miss some important/urgent messages. If you’re simply appearing offline, people will send you messages but won’t expect an immediate response.

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    screenshot of Viber Privacy settings- turning off online status
    • Open Viber
    • Tap on the menu icon on the top left (or swipe from left edge of the screen to the right)
    • Scroll down and tap “Settings” >> Tap “Privacy”
    • Now tap on “Share ‘Online’ Status” to appear offline

    Once you disable your Viber Online status, you can change this settings only after 24 hours. Viber will notify you when you can change it. It is also a good idea to turn off “seen” status that appear below Viber messages after you’ve read them. Read: Hide ‘seen’ from messages read on Viber app


    How to hide "seen" status from Viber messages on Android and iOS

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    Whenever you open a Viber chat message, the sender will know that you’ve viewed the message because right below the Viber message, it will show “seen” status.There may be times where you are busy and have read the message but can’t reply immediately but because it will show up as seen the sender may assume you are ignoring his/her message. So to save this unnecessary tension, you can disable or hide seen status from messages so that the sender won’t know you’ve read the messages. Follow these short steps:

    How to disable message seen feature on Viber messenger

    • Open Viber >> Open Menu (tap on the top left icon or swipe from left edge of the screen to the right)
    • Scroll down and select “Settings” >> Privacy
    • Tap on Send ‘Seen’ Status to remove the check mark. (Turning this setting off will hide others ‘Seen’ status from you)

    Now whenever you receive a Viber message, you can open it and others will not know that you’ve seen the message. From the same settings you can also turn off your “online” status so that you can appear offline to others.


    Fix: VLC player closes automatically after video ends

    Few months back I had set my VLC Player to automatically close after video playback is completed or after a movie or music video ends. You may not want VLC player to exit automatically if you want to replay all the videos on your playlist. If you’ve set this feature on long time ago, you may not know how to turn off this “quit at the end of the video” settings on VLC Player for Windows. VLC has made it very easy to toggle it on or off and you can do it in a single step. Most users will probably probably figure out how to this by themselves but those who have gone to Google fore help, will hopefully save time by reading this post.

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    • Open VLC Player on your PC
    • Just click on “Media”on the tool bar at the top of VLC media player.
    • Now simply click on “Quit at the end of playlist” to disable automatic shutdown of VLC player after video ending“.

    Disable automatic closing og VLC Player after the end of video file


    Android apps that play only audio from video files

    A lot of users have been asking me if there is an Android app that plays only audio from video files. Most of the users wanted a way to listen to just the audio of YouTube videos they’d downloaded. You can find a lot of important and free audio books, lectures and tutorials on YouTube, which can be downloaded via video downloader plugins in Firefox browser. Such YouTube files will be downloaded in either MP4 or FLV format, and by default it opens on a video player app even though you just want to listen to the music or audio of that file. Fortunately, there are a couple of Android apps that play only audio from video files of different formats. This means audio playback will continue even when the screen is turned off.

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    How to listen to only audio of videos with screen turned off using MX Player

    MX Player is probably the most downloaded video player app on Android. What many don’t know is

    Background playback turned on in MX Player settings

    that MX Player has a feature that allows you to play only the sound track of the video in the background i.e. when the app is minimized. This allows you to continue to listen to the audio from video files even when the screen is turned off. To use this feature, follow these steps:

    • Download and open MX Player
    • Press menu (three dot icon on the top right) >> Tap “Settings” >> Tap “Player”
    • Scroll down and select “Background play”

    That’s it now audio playback will be continued in the background even after screen is closed.

    Note: There is no playlist feature in Mx Player so you will have to use folders to organize your video files.

    Is there a video player out there that will let me play only the audio track of the video, or at least turn off the screen while I’m playing it?

    How to Play only audio track of videos via Poweramp music player

    Video files detected as songs in Poweramp Folders Poweramp will detect all your video files as songs and play it just like any other audio files. Though Poweramp is a paid app, it will give you more audio control that Mx Player. Another drawback of MX Player is that it doesn’t have a built-in playlist creator, so you will have to manage videos in separate folders if you want some videos to play together. On Poweramp you can manage the video files just like audio files and add them to playlists and also tweak the audio to your liking using the built-in equalizer.

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    While Poweramp will automatically find your video files saved in the internal storage, it may not detect it files inside a folder in the external storage or SD card. In that case, go to settings >> Folders and library >> Music Folders. Expand folders and then choose the appropriate folder in the external storage. Now, Poweramp will scan that folder as well.

    If you have setup a default video app, you will need to reset or clear the default app preference. Read  this post: How to remove default app settings on Android 

    If you know any other Android apps that lets you play audio from video file, let us know in the comments. We will test such apps and add it to this post.


    Fix: Unknown issue with Google Play Services – Gmail sync error

    After upgrading my Android system software from CM 11 (KitKat 4.4) to CM 12 (5.0 Lollipop, I started getting Unknown issue with Google Play Services error message on the notification bar every time I tried to sync Gmail. On Gmail, it would just say getting your messages followed by the error messages. The message would also pop up at random times like when I am updating or downloading an app from Google Play Store. This Google Play Services error seems to affect only Custom ROMs on rooted Android smartphones. There is a very simple way to fix it. Here are the solution for with this “Unknown” Google Play Services error on Android phones and tablets running Cyanogenmod and other custom ROMS:

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    Solution: Clear Data of Google Play Services

    Google Play Services error message while syncing Gmail messages
    Clearing app data is probably the most famous method to fix Google Play Store related errors and the same method will fix the Google Play Services error.  

    1. Go to Settings >> Apps >> All
    2. Scroll down from the list of apps and select “Google Play Services”
    • Tap “Manage Apps” >> Tap “Clear Data”
  • Now reboot your phone
  • After clearing the data of Google Play Services, the error message will no longer bother you. You will now be able to syn your Gmail messages as well.  Sometimes, Google Play Services related errors can be fixed by wiping cache partition or by re-flashing the Gapps package from recovery. Here are some more methods to fix similar Google Play Android errors: Read: How to fix Google Play Services update error


    How to fix Warning: Camera failed error in Galaxy S7 Edge, S6 and S5

    Barely after 2 months of purchase, my Galaxy S7 Edge got the “Warning: Camera Failed” error that would not allow me to take any photos. Every time I opened the camera app, the screen would go black and give the camera failed warning error. The 12MP, f1.7 lens on Galaxy S7 is one of the best smartphone cameras today and it can even replace your digital cam or even DSLR for normal

    Error message after opening Camera app on Samsung Galaxy S7

    everyday shots. So, I was bummed when this awesome camera stopped working. Fortunately, this isn’t a hardware fault but an Android software bug common among Samsung Galaxy smartphones. I have listed below all the methods to fix Warning camera failed error on Samsung Galaxy S7, S6 and S5 phones. The method are lined up in the order of their effectiveness as reported by users.

    Solutions: Camera failed problem on Galaxy S5, S6 and S7 Edge – Samsung Galaxy Camera app troubleshooting

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    Method 1: Disable “Smart Stay” feature

    Smart stay basically detects your face and keeps the screen on when you are looking at it. So, this isn’t really a feature you need because you can increase the screen on-time or simple tap on the screen to keep it awake. This feature seems to conflict with the camera app of Samsung devices resulting in failed camera error.

    • Go to Settings >> Display >> Turn off “smart stay”
    • Reboot your phone

    Method 2: Reset settings:

    Resetting app settings is the second most effective solution to camera failed error in Samsung Galaxy devices.

    • Go to Settings >> Scrool down and select “Backup and Reset”
    • Select “Reset Settings” >> Tap “Reset” (Do not select “Factory Reset”)

    Now your Samsung app settings will be reset to default and this will fix the Warning: Camera failed error on your Galaxy S7 edge, S6 or S5 smartphone. After this method, you will also need to again add your saved Bluetooth devices and re-enter your Wi-Fi password.

    Method 3: Clear data of the Camera app

    The clearing cache and data is the most widely used method for fixing Google Play Store related error codes. This might also solve camera app errors.

    • Go to Settings >> Applications >> Application Manager
    • Select “Camera” >> Force stop >> Tap Storage >> Select “Clear Data”
    • Tap “Delete”

    Now open the camera app and try taking a picture. If you still get the “Warning: Camera Failed” error message, proceed to the next method.

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    Method 4: Wipe Cache Partition

    Another method to fix Android firmware issues after an update, is to “wipe cache partition” from bootloader.

    • Turn your phone off
    • Hold power key + home key + volume up at the same time to bring up the bootloader
    • Once you reach the bootloader menu, use the volume key to highlight “wipe cache partition”
    • Press power button to select that option.
    • Now reboot system

    Hopefully the Samsung Galaxy smartphone camera failed warning will be fixed by one of the methods. If you have alternative solutions, drop us a comment below.


    How to turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot or temporary router – Windows 10

    Here is the story of why I wanted to turn my laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot or a temporary router: Last week we had a big thunderstorm and a lightning seems to have struck our cable internet. This fried the WAN port of my router and the DSL port was no longer blinking green to show a working internet connection. All of the LAN ports were working fine but I didn’t have enough Ethernet cable lying around to connect all of my home computers. So I decided to do learn how to broadcast Wi-Fi from my laptop to other devices or how to setup my laptop to work as a router. You have probably heard of wi-fi hotspots on smartphones and the same features is available on laptops with Wi-Fi or WLAN cards. While using a laptop as Wireless Access Point is not as effective as a router, it will come handy on situations where you only have an Ethernet cable and you want to share Wi-Fi to other devices on the floor. Here are steps to enable Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows Laptops or desktops connected to a DSL broadband connection:

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    Note: I am assuming you have a normal broadband internet cable connection. Connect the Internet cable (with RJ-45 connector) to your Laptop or Desktop PC’s Ethernet port. Now you should see green or yellow light blinking on the Ethernet port indicating successful connection

    Before you setup the Wi-Fi hotspot you need to setup your broadband internet connection: Read: How to setup Broadband cable Internet connection on Windows PC

    Now follow these steps to setup your laptop’s wi-fi hotspot

    1. Press windows key + X >> Select “Command Prompt (Admin)”
    • Alternatively, press Windows and type “cmd” >> Right Click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”
  • Now in the Command Prompt, type: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=networkname key=password
    • (Replace “networkname” with any name and “password” with a password of your choice for your laptop Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Now type: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  • Now your hosted network will start but you will have to tweak some settings before accessing the internet
  • Press Windows key and type “network connections” >> select “view network connections”
  • Right click on the your active broadband connection and click “properties”
  • Go to “Sharing” tab and click the check box to “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection.”
  • From the drop down select the newly created hosted connection (it could be named something like this- “Local Area Connection *12) >> Click Ok
  • Now you can connect other devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops to the newly setup Wi-Fi hotspot using the password you assigned on step two above. If your Wi-Fi hotspot laptop goes to sleep, you will have to run command prompt as admin and again type: netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    If the broadband connection on your Wi-Fi hotspot laptop is abruptly disconnected and reconnected, your Wi-Fi hotspot will stop working. To make it work again, turn off the Wi-Fi on your laptop (the one setup as a hotspot). Then turn it back on. Open command prompt as admin and type: netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    Other important commands for Windows laptop hosted network are listed below:

    To temporarily stop the Wi-Fi hotspot: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

    To again start Wi-Fi hotspot on your laptop: netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    To allow or disallow hosted network:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode= disallow

    If you want to change your Wi-Fi hotspot network name (SSID) and password :
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork ssid= newSSID
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork key=newpassword

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    How to delete newly created Wi-Fi hotspot or wireless access point on Windows laptop

    You can also permanently delete the newly created hosted network by following the steps below. Be very careful not to delete anything else than what has been instructed below

    1. Press Windows >> Type “regedit” >> Right click on it and select “run as administrator”
    2. Navigate to the following path in the Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetServicesWlansvcParametersHostedNetworkSettings
    3. On the right, Right-click on HostedNetworkSettings key >> Click Delete
    4. Restart your laptop

    After deleting the network from registry open Command Prompt as admin type: netsh wlan show hostednetwork. It will show you that hosted network is not configured. The last thing you have to do is go to “Network and Sharing” and set your broadband connection to its default settings. Here are the steps:

    1. Press Windows Key and type “view network connections” and click it
    2. Right click on your active broadband connection and select Propertites
    3. Go to sharing tab >> unselect “Allow other network users to connect throught this computer’s internet connection”
    4. Select OK

    That’s it. Now the hosted network has been removed from your laptop’s network settings.